Children are notorious for asking questions. It seems to begin when they learn to talk. As parents, or anyone around kids know, a simple answer typically does not suffice their enquiring minds. Why you ask? Exactly! When provided with what we feel is an appropriate response to their question the dreaded “why” almost immediately follows. It can appear to be a never ending cycle. They ask, we answer, they ask why? So what does any of this have to do with double jeopardy? I am glad you ask!
Many, if not most, people are familiar with the popular television game show Jeopardy. The show consists of three players that are given answers in differing categories. The player then must provide their answer in question form. There is Jeopardy, which provides the player with smaller amounts of money for a correct answer, (question), and there is double Jeopardy which provides players with larger amounts of money for correct answers, (questions). The show concludes with “final Jeopardy” in which each player “wagers” a portion of the money earned with correct answers, (questions), and the one with the most money wins. Shew! That was a lot to get where I am attempting to go with this…
Recently, one of the answers, remember the players are given the answer and must respond with the question, on the popular television show was “it’s not saying you’re sorry, it’s the branch of theology dealing with the defense of established doctrine”. Go ahead play along! First player apology. Buzzer sound! Wrong! Second player, apologinist. Buzzer sound! Wrong! Anyone, else like to try? Go ahead I’ll wait. I’m sorry player, the correct answer is APOLOGETICS!A branch of theology dealing with the defense of established doctrine. In our case Christian doctrine. What is Christian apologetics Alex; the host of the show, and to follow the format of Jeopardy. Two of the three contestants, one supposedly a genius, did not know the question to this particular answer!
So how do we get to double jeopardy. There are two reasons. Most people have never heard of apologetics and second those who have, including many churches, do not like apologetics.
Apologetics are used throughout the entire Bible. From Moses and Abraham to Jesus and Paul. Yet when ask what I do for a living the majority need an explanation. That in and of itself is not a bad thing. It provides an opportunity to share the gospel, present evidence for the Truth, and defend Christianity. The downside is why do professing Christians not know about apologetics? Not only is it Biblical, but we are commanded to give an answer for the hope we have, 1 Peter 3:15, to love God with all of our mind, Matthew 22:37, destroy arguments, 2 Corinthians 10:5 are just a few verses supporting apologetics.
In double jeopardy it is the church and other Christians against apologetics. You see, apologetics have a bad name. And you do not want a bad name among Christian’s. I hear it all the time. Apologetics cause division. Apologetics aren’t needed. It’s not biblical, (see above). All apologists want to do is argue. Oh my goodness it seems to be never ending. The very approach Jesus, and others mentioned previously, and many not mentioned, is used throughout the entire sixty-six books of the Bible.
How do we ever make it to the final round if we do not know, and will not use, apologetics? Actually everyone uses apologetics by the way. But this is not a gameshow on television. Will you join the movement of apologetics? Do you know what you believe and why you believe it? Or will you “wager” your life on the game of blind faith?
A person that professes the love of God but does not know what they believe about Him or why they believe it? What are most Christians Alex for life?