“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, keeping a clear conscience so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” – I Peter 3:15-16
If there is anything that I have learned at Summit this year, it would be this verse. There are several questions that are raised as I read this verse. Do we as Christians really set apart Christ as Lord in our hearts? In order to know if we really do, see what the definition of Lord is: “Someone or something, having power; a master or ruler.” So are we set apart for Christ and is He ruler of our hearts? The next part of the verse is “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
This part of the verse is really what Summit is all about: learning to defend our faith. Are we ready to give an answer? Especially to everyone? Do we know enough about our own faith to answer everyone? One thing I have learned so far at Summit is to be ready to answer everyone. There are many worldviews and faiths, and we should know enough about each one in order to defend our faith.
This verse spoke to me this week and it is the best way to wrap up Summit in a “nutshell,” as I like to say. Christianity is the only faith that can stand against time and anyone who tries to disprove it. The last part of the verse has to do with our tone and our cleverness. Whenever we try to defend our faith, we must do it boldly and respectfully. Do it so that we will not be bothered by our conscience. We should do our best and represent Christ in everything we say. Make them “be ashamed of their slander,” by showing Christ-like behavior.