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1 Peter 3:15-16 But in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame.
There is a branch of Christian theology known as apologetics—the art and craft of presenting faith in Jesus Christ as a good decision. Apologetics is not widely taught these days—not in most seminaries, not in most parishes. This oversight is to the detriment of our mission and ministry.
Common objections to Christianity are easily refuted. Most Christians can learn how to respond to them confidently and effectively. That’s where “gentleness and reverence” are brought to bear.
MOVING FORWARD: Who (besides Jesus) is a model of gentleness and reverence in your life? How can you follow this example?