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"...to set at liberty them that are bruised."

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People aren't Christians for a myriad of reasons. To make it easier to address, most of their reasons fall into four categories: 

Reasons of the Intellect
Intellectual objections to Christianity.  These may include such objections as, "There is no absolute truth, whatever you believe to be true, is true for you", "Science has proven the Bible is false", "There is no God", "The Bible is not God's Word", etc..
Reasons of the Climate
What is the climate of opinion regarding Christianity? Christians are portrayed in the media as hate-mongers, exclusionary, prejudiced, arrogant, close-minded, and completely out of touch with reality.  In a day of perception being reality, of image being everything, many have bought into this depiction without even investigating for themselves.
Reasons of the Heart
They may simply not want to leave their friends or give up a particular habit that they love.  They may feel overwhelming shame and unfit to come to God.  They may have addictions that they think they must give up before they can approach a holy God.
Reasons of the Memory
They tried church, got hurt, and will not go back.  They were cheated in business by a Christian.  The church they had attended angrily split over something petty.  They thought they'd found a true family, just to be stabbed in the back.  They didn't realize that Christians were human and made mistakes or that the church contains tares and wheat.  They thought once they became a Christian, all their troubles were over and everything would be perfect.  They became disillusioned and left the church.  To make matters worse, no one noticed they left and they received no call of concern, making them feel that, all the while, they were unimportant.  They have bad memories of their experience with Christianity. 

We Owe the World an Apology

"You should be in church!", "You should get  saved!", "You should accept Jesus as your Savior!"

Sometimes, this is our approach with the world. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Bottom line! No explanation required and none given. What would you do if they responded with "Why?"  That is when we owe them an apology.

One of Webster's definitions of apology is "an acknowledgement of some fault, expressing regret, and seeking pardon". That's not what we're talking about. The other definition of apology is "a spoken or written defense of some idea, religion, philosophy, etc." That's what we're talking about. In religion, then, apologetics is "the branch of theology having to do with the defense and proofs" of that religion.

You've performed apologetics hundreds of times without realizing it. Have you ever told a child why spinach is good for them? (I like spinach.) Have you ever defended your position on anything? If so, you've done apologetics.  Apologetics comes from the Greek word, "apologia", and is translated "answer" in       1 Peter 3:15; "...be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you…" 

Apologetics and evangelism are naturally intertwined but are not the same. Evangelism could be described as telling the lost that they should accept Christ (as in the three statements opening this article) and extending an invitation. Apologetics tells them why they should accept Christ and increases the chances of them accepting the invitation.  We often are quick to tell them what they should do without telling them why. Telling them takes little time and effort. Telling them why takes work. Maybe that's why we aren't so good at it. If we expect them to accept Christianity as the one true faith, we must be prepared to convince them that it is the one true faith. Apologetics paves the way to the invitation. It lays the groundwork for evangelism.

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The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
(Luke 4:18-19)

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