July 24, 2009

The Best Defense is Love

I used to think that I had to be prepared to defend my faith. Accordingly, I read all of the Christian apologetics books I could get my hands on: Evidence that Demands a Verdict I and II and Updated Editions; Know Why You Believe; and Irrefutable Arguments That Will Convince Every Pagan That Jesus Is Lord (or something like that). I was well versed in C. S. Lewis’ famous “tri-lemma” about Jesus being a “liar, lunatic, or Lord.” I read widely across many disciplines, and felt that I could articulate an intelligent faith-based worldview with anyone.

I was also quite arrogant and cocky, and worshipped a very small God.

Then I saw love in action. Love is the foundation upon which the world rests, and the greatest power in the universe. Love doesn’t set out to prove itself or belittle an “opponent” with the truth. Love walks alongside anyone and simply listens. It is hard to argue against love.

Alicia Britt Chole has written a new book called Finding an Unseen God. It is a memoir, detailing her journey from atheism to the transforming presence of Love. Her story is a wonderful reminder that God isn’t looking for people to defend his name or prove his existence.

God is looking for people who will transform the world with love.

To live in God's Great Story is to live in a radical love for all people.

2 comments:

Libzsonshine said...

Great post E! I totally agree!

Hope all is well with you!

Kristen said...

Ethan,
I like your post. I think many times we make God too small and ourselves too big. My latest realization is that my view of God has been too limited, too cultural and often self--centered. He is taking me on a journey of change. It is a challenge, but it is good.

I liked the song you wrote in the post on health care.

Kristen Gammon