In the Cover to Cover episode Jesus Among Secular Gods: Chapter 1, Part 2, Ivy Tyson said young people today don’t care whether the Bible is true unless we can also show them it is good. Cameron McAllister made a similar point in the Thinking Out Loud episode Are Millennials Really “The Burnout Generation”?. He described a shift in the questions received at Q&A sessions on university campuses.
And they’re not so much the, “Is Christianity true?” But they are more in the, “Is Christianity good? Does it lead to a good life? Does it make us good human beings?”
I forget this too often when doing apologetics. I focus on the evidence, missing the fact that my audience doesn’t care unless they know God is good.
- How can we do a better job of demonstrating the goodness of God?
- What do we mean when we say God is good?
- When I share examples of God’s faithfulness in my life as Shawn Hart recommended, do I only talk about times when good things happened? What about the bad times and times when I couldn’t even feel God’s presence? What does God’s goodness mean at those times?