Saturday, August 8, 2015
Apologetics in Indonesia
There is a common language among both believers and non-believers, and that language is Human Rights. Something stirs deeply in us when we watch the news or read headlines about public beheadings, girls taken captive in sexual slavery, or other horrible events. We know deep in our hearts that these things are WRONG. But why? Why do we care about Human Rights? What gives human beings value and dignity?
Interestingly, today Human Rights advocates influenced by post-modern, atheistic, philosophical teaching have no explanation for "why" Human Right are important. Many such scholars have publicly abandoned the conversation. But Christianity is the only worldview that can make sense of this "Why" question. What gives human beings value and dignity is that we were created by God in His image because He loves us.
How do we know our value? Value can be determined by what a buyer is willing to pay for something. Christianity teaches that God purchased us with the blood of His Son Jesus. He has shown us how much we are valued. (John 3:16) His love for us is enormous, too vast for us to fully comprehend.
I had the privilege of speaking on this topic at a recent Apologetics Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia. What a fascinating country! A predominantly Muslim country which allows some freedom of religion for Christians and others. It seems paradoxical until we come to understand that God has a plan and He is working it out.
We discovered a hunger for Christian Apologetics in Indonesia. The time is right. The wheels of planning are spinning to return and bring more teaching. I can't wait. My taste buds are already salivating thinking of another delicious Rotiboy bun and fried rice.