How do you speak Truth into a dark culture winsomely? With issues like marriage, the sanctity of life and religious liberties so vital to address, we must speak. But speak wisely. During this week's broadcast, John Stonestreet and Eric Metaxas welcome author and scholar, Dr. Joseph Loconte to discuss strategies to better communicate the Christian worldview.
It's easy to speak. Just open your mouth and form the words. It's another thing entirely, though, to communicate effectively. That takes some wisdom. Fortunately, the Bible offers us some godly wisdom on the subject, and that's our focus today.
Dr. Joe Loconte, author of "The Searchers"
"What we say is important," explains John Stonestreet. "But how we say it is just as important."
These days, Christians who try to communicate our Faith's message seem to make one of two critical mistakes. Many of us will dive into evangelism or apologetics with the kind of cavalier attitude that says, "I'm in this to win the debate." We hope to dazzle skeptics and seekers alike with facts and arguments designed to overwhelm their defenses and force them to a decision. But this approach suffers from a serious grace deficiency, and often drives people away more effectively than it communicates the our message. The Truth, while powerful, is of little use when spoken without seasoning. (Colossians 4:6) When we fixate on the mere facts of Christianity, we also risk portraying faith as mere intellectual assent, as if the Gospel were the Law the Gravity. Along with the head understanding, explains Eric Metaxas, we need a heart understanding, or what C. S. Lewis called "moral imagination."
But others among us make the mistake of "seasoning" the Truth right out of our appeal. When we treat the world so gently that we lose focus on the actual theology we hoped to communicate, we have failed. There will come times when we must stand on the trustworthiness and tenets of our Faith, and this will inevitably offend many people. The key, says John Stonestreet, is to ensure that it is Christianity, not us, which offends.
"We have this idea that we can divorce Truth from the way we express Truth," says Eric. "But that is not a Biblical or Christian idea of Truth."
As Dr. Joe Loconte, author of "The Seekers: The Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt," argues, there is a third option for communicating the Faith. That option is rooted in the doctrine of the incarnation, and the uniquely Christian conviction that Truth, rather than a set of facts, is a Person. Ultimately, he says, the key to reaching our world with the Good News of salvation and convincing them of the entire Christian Worldview lies in the person of Jesus Christ, who not only spoke the Truth, but lived it for the world to witness.
We're glad that you've joined us for this latest edition of BreakPoint This Week. Once you've caught the interview, be sure to pick up your copy of Dr. Loconte's book from the Colson Center Store.