Day 156/260: Read 1 Peter 3
Apologetics is the use of reason when defending a system of belief and is often used in the religious world. There are several fine groups that focus on apologetics in their writings and productions, such as Apologetics Press and The Daily Apologist.
It is important to know why we believe what we believe. We need to “always be ready to give a defense” for our hope. One thing we often overlook when reading 1 Peter 3:15, however, is the context.
Peter wrote to Christians who were suffering persecution because of the faith. “But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. ‘And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.’” In America, we simply do not face the same type of persecutions as our brothers and sisters in the first century.
Are we mocked? Sure. Shouted down? Yes. Unfriended on Facebook? Absolutely. And while these things may be unpleasant, they are a far cry from the physical harm of the disciples two thousand years ago.
Even in the face of death, Peter told them to “always be ready.” He even told them what attitude to have when presenting their defense: “meekness and fear.” Are we always ready today? Are we humble and respectful in our defense?
Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)
1 Peter 3:15. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.
Pray for opportunities to prepare yourself to defend the faith, and for the proper attitude in so doing.