“Why on earth would anyone believe that?”
As a Christian, I know that it can be difficult to discuss our Christian convictions with those around us. We are constantly bombarded with the lie that religion is fine to keep in your own head, but you should not share it or discuss it in a modern, sophisticated society that has moved beyond it.
However, I would like to propose that the ability to simply hear this first question is actually a very good thing, and Entering the Public Square was created for people who are willing to ask questions.
Everything ought to be examined, and right and wrong ideas should be sorted appropriately.
This implies a challenge. It necessitates a free marketplace of ideas. People need to be free to ask why certain beliefs are accepted while others are dismissed. If the proponents of those beliefs are able to present a reasonable defense, then the idea will endure in a rational society.
Granted, humans are not perfectly rational, and it is possible for societies to embrace wrong ideas. However, a marketplace where ideas are able to be challenged provides the best mechanism to go about developing a society.
If there is a free marketplace of ideas as we largely enjoy here in America, then think about the implications for us as Christians.
If we are Christians, we believe that Christianity is true. We believe that Jesus Christ is who He says He is. We believe that Christianity also makes claims about the way the world is.
If we present a Christian perspective in the free marketplace of ideas, if it is true, it should rise to the top just like the best companies thrive in a competitive environment. We don’t need to impose a type of theocracy. If Christianity is true, through the process of the free market, people will recognize it is the best belief and commit to following Jesus Christ freely which is actually true to the Gospel anyway. The ability to have that mechanism for free discussion and to have Christians who are willing to have those discussions is vital to letting that discovery take place.
I hope you will join me on this journey as we explore what it really means to have a Christian worldview and what it looks like when we apply that worldview to issues that are around us in the world. New posts will come every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from here on out.