– by Tendai Chitsike
At the time of this writing, our city has just concluded hosting the National Arts Festival, and begun hosting an international conference to aggressively advance abortion all over Africa. Our lives are like this. We are surrounded by people who have ideas and agendas that may clash with ours, leaving many Christians unsure of what to believe, how to relate, and how to respond. 1 Peter 3:15 provides a helpful guide for us when it says: “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” The first and most important thing is that Christ must be set apart as Lord in our hearts. For sure, we can listen to opinions of men, but Christ has authority. Big difference.
When I studied law, judges would sometimes have to make decisions on the basis of the best mind on the subject. Rhodes University’s law library is named after such an individual: Prof AJ Kerr. What he said on the subject of contract was not mere opinion; it became authority as judges made law on the basis of his work. How much more with Christ? What Christ says is no mere opinion to us: He must become our guiding authority. The opinions of men will chop and change, but Christ must remain supreme. What Christ says about abortion, about what makes beautiful art, and about everything else in life must be the deciding issue. From there, we must give people outside of the faith a reason for our hope. Our task is to bridge the eternal truth of Christ with the questions they are asking today. Finally, we must do so with gentleness and respect.
JOY! Magazine (October 2018)