This was my response to our first assignment regarding the importance of apologetics in the life of the Christian.
Apologetics is important to us Christians as we are in the business of saving souls (God is the ultimate judge, but we are each other’s helpmates). As Christians, we desire the beatific vision of God for ourselves and for those around us.
Thus, we need to develop our apologetic skill sets so that grounded in the truth, we can achieve this by “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). After acquiring knowledge of our faith, we need to convey it in humility.
First and foremost, we need to ensure that we really know our faith, so that we can put forth reasonable and logical defenses of our faith to others, in a mature manner, and with a good attitude.
“When I was a child, I used to talk like a child, and see things as a child does, and think like a child; but now that I have become an adult, I have finished with all childish ways.” (1 Corinthians 13:11)
Although I am a cradle Catholic, my knowledge of the faith leaves much to be desired. The impetus, however, was receiving questions about my faith from Catholics and non-Catholics alike and realizing how little I knew and how difficult it was to be persuasive, especially to Protestants/ Agnostic friends.
“Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” (1 Peter 3:15)
Thus, apologetics training helps us realize that there are answers to common questions and objections about our faith.
Secondly, Catholicism is also at times, portrayed negatively by the media. We need to know what our faith teaches so that we can accurately correct these misconceptions.
Last but not least, our culture often leads us to think that the devil is not real. However, we need to communicate God’s natural law that God is real and God loves us but sin has its consequences. As such, it is crucial that we equip ourselves with apologetic skill sets so that we can communicate God’s love and justice to all around us.