I’m a man of few words. I’ve already said about as much as I care to say about apologetics in my last two posts. But, when I came across this article in Christianity Today, I knew that I had one more chapter to write. Besides, I like happy endings.
A couple months back, CT posted the testimony of a woman who had made her way from atheism to Christianity. Her name is Jordan Monge, and you can click here to read her story. It is the antithesis of the story I posted a few weeks back, in which the daughter of a prominent apologist told of her journey from Christianity to atheism.
Jordan’s story demonstrates the importance of apologetics. She met people who were willing to listen to her questions and not just brush them away by telling her that she just needed to have faith. She met Christians who could respond intelligently to her philosophical objections.
But more importantly, she met the living God. She suddenly met a love that was beautiful beyond anything she had ever imagined. And it was this story in the Book of John about a God who loved her that first moved her to weep over her separation from God.
Eventually, both her head and her heart were convinced, but it had to be both. As she says, “I cannot say for certain where the journey ends, but I have committed to follow the way of Christ wherever it may lead. When confronted with the overwhelming body of evidence I encountered, when facing down the living God, it was the only rational course of action.”
Folks, this is the happy ending of apologetics, a tale in which reason and evidence convinced the mind while the living God changed the heart.
I’m so glad I serve a living God who works like that.