Giving an Answer is a command.
Yet it usually feels like a privilege and a joy -not a command.
It’s everyone’s job, yet I usually don’t see it as a job because I love speaking with people about the reasons for the hope that I have.
It’s my passion!
Most of the time…
I do encounter resistance. External resistance yes, but also internal resistance.
There is always something “more important” and “more urgent” and “more pressing” and “more realistic” that should take precedence over sharing The Truth.
Do you run into this too?
Essentially I don’t have enough time and should never seek opportunities to give a reason for the hope that I have. I should postpone Giving an Answer until the day I die.
I don’t want to fight it though. I can’t fight it. The enemy expects a full frontal defense against its full frontal attack because it always wins that type of war.
It appears to always have more resources, energy, troops and artillery.
How can I stop it?
By remembering that it steals its energy and resources from me. It is nothing without me. And when I face it off directly it feeds off my energy the most efficiently. It grows stronger while I grow weaker.
I can’t defeat the enemy with its own tactics. I can’t fight fear with fear. Or ridicule with ridicule. Hate with hate.
I know that some say you can fight fire with fire, and there are cases where this is true, but we (I) have made the mistake of thinking this is an axiom in life applicable to all conflicts.
Fighting this fire by fire is merely feeding the fire. Making the enemy stronger.
So, that particular metaphor aside for a moment, I need to continue knowing God and making God known despite the divisive nature of the enemy who would destroy and hollow out the person I once was.
Despite, not in spite or out of spite.
One is an acknowledgement of reality, the other is an angry reaction to reality.
The fire loves to be fed more fire. The anger loves to be fed more anger.
This is how the enemy works.
How we respond to the enemy determines our ability to Give an Answer.
How I respond to the enemy is my choice.
How will you choose?