Many people have barriers that prevent them from believing in God. Christians need to take these barriers and skepticisms seriously, Abdu Murray says, taking the time to listen and understand why they exist in the first place. Today on The Saturday Session, he looks at what it means for Christians to better prepare for conversations about faith, commit to speaking truth in love, and how to come alongside non-Christians who face real road-blocks to stepping into belief in God.
The reality is that there is a cost and a barrier to truth, and the barrier is often the cost.
As Christians, we need to be prepared not just to offer the truth and say, “good luck with that,” but actually do something about it: one, to expose these barriers as the barriers to belief…two, you can offer them the benefits of what it means to embrace the truth.
Apologetics is the handmaiden of evangelism; it simply clears the detritus away so they can see the cross for what it is.
The unique thing about the Christian faith is this: Jesus does not hide the price. He is not a salesman who is telling you what you want to hear; He is an evangelist who tells you what you need to hear.
There are two kinds of people outside the christian fold: there are skeptics, and there are cynics. A skeptic is someone who doesn’t believe until there’s enough evidence; A cynic is somebody who won’t believe even when there is.
Do you see how profound the consequences can be? It actually changes our perception of reality, such that we’re so occupied with the consequences of truth that we mistake the consequences as truth itself.
To expose the cost the barrier to belief, ask an open-ended question.
When someone offers an objection, remember this: the content of the question is not as urgently answered as the intent of the objection.
Whatever price you or someone you love or someone you’re reaching out to has to pay,…it is nothing, it’s a mere pittance, it’s next to nothing when compared to the price that God has paid for them.
Make it Personal
If you are engaging with a cynic rather than a skeptic, what would it look like to share the Gospel with this person?
What are some open-ended questions that you have used or could use to open up dialogue?
What are some of the benefits to belief, even in a hardship-filled world?