In my early 20’s one of my favorite movies was the film Proof of Life with Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan. If you haven’t seen it, Meg Ryan’s character’s husband gets kidnapped and 90% of the movie is about the Agent (Russell Crowe) doing all he can to obtain a proof of life in order to rescue him. The Agent then proceeds to fall in love with Meg Ryan’s character only to get rejected in the end but still risks his life to rescue her husband. It’s kind of a sad story if you were to look at what Russell Crowe gets out of this deal. Why do movies like this turn into blockbuster hits? People are drawn to this story because it reflects a much older story.
As I look back at this movie it is a lot like life. We spend a majority of our time waiting to be rescued or failing at attempting our very best. At times we aren’t sure why we are not succeeding. The fact is we can’t save ourselves when we don’t realize we are in a prison. There may be periods of our life that we feel like that kidnapped individual who isn’t aware of the mediation that is taking place for our life. Wouldn’t it be great knowing that there really is a meeting taking place in order to save your life? A meeting in which someone was willing to die in order to save you.
That is hope!
There are many stories, even hollywood movies, that reflect God’s story. On the surface we just see them as great stories that some creative genius conjured up one day. But what if our longing, our need for action movies all relates back to Jesus’ love for you? They all have one ending…The Rescuer saves the day and we breathe a sigh of relief when the hero does what we hope will happen. We love seeing The Rescuer protect the weak.
It reminds me of the relationship between hope and our desire to see proof of Jesus.
This desire for proof or Apologetics is more than just people debating to defend their faith!
A part of apologetics is about debating over evidence but there is another side to it…it’s about shedding a light on the Gospel. The Bible is the ultimate proof as it is God breathed, inerrant, and infallible. And we can see proof of the life of Jesus in us as Christians.
Sometimes people get confused about what the definition of Apologetics is because it’s a blanket term that covers a lot of ground. Most people think of apologetics as two people at their separate podiums debating about the newest evidence provided by Scientists or Philosophers. While this is a great form of Apologetics it does not end there. I once heard that there is no Apologetics without evangelism and there is no evangelism without Apologetics.
I know that is true because we are only noise if we are just debating about evidence for the Bible. We have to look at our ultimate goal of why we are debating. That goal will always have something to do with people rejecting their false belief and accepting the truth of Jesus Christ.
It isn’t always in a debate that people see real proof that Apologetics provides. Sometimes this proof is from people like you and me and it doesn’t take place in a debate room. God places people and situations in our life that bring out this proof that the world needs to see. In these moments you have an opportunity to tell others about your life…about your story. You life is important and it needs to be told. I think too many people have downplayed the importance of our stories, but it is our lives that God’s story is revealed to people who are not believers. It is also in your story that God’s character is revealed.
Our world puts too much confidence and authority in physical evidence when the Lord provides us with the best evidence of His story. It’s in your life that people can see this evidence. Your life story is evidence that cannot be disputed. Now it can be questioned but you and many others around you will know without a shadow of a doubt that your experience is real. You don’t need Scientists or Theologians to tell you if your experience is real or not.