Reason Rally Diaries
by Jonathan Shelton, University Junior at Lenoir Rhyne University and member of Ratio Christi, attended the recent atheist Reason Rally in Washington DC
The Reason Rally was a big experience for me. It was my first mission trip. The people I engaged with were fairly well read and many had developed hostility towards the Gospel. I was humbled when I did not always have the best answer (or an answer at all) or when I failed to maneuver conversations with wisdom and grace. I also found the balance of using scripture and extra-biblical apologetic arguments a tough line to walk in the heat of a conversation, but ultimately I trust in God's sovereignty over our errors and His Spirit's sanctifying power to give me greater discernment for evangelism in the future.
The greatest common denominator among all those I spoke to was "where is the evidence?" It became a given that in nearly every conversation I would need to explain that not everything that exists can be proven by the scientific method. Along with some of the historical and moral arguments I frequently used, I also shared several verses such as Luke 16:31, Matthew 12:39, and also 1 Cor. 15:14. There were no conversions, but perhaps food for thought which God will use to bear fruit.
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. ~1 Cor. 15:14