It’s no secret that in our modern world, more people are considering alternate religious views other than Christanity, or are just considering alternate interpretations of the traditional Biblical understanding of God. I try my best to see what most of the critiques and objections skeptics pose towards Christianity are. I also want to see, not only what skeptics question, but also what some who are merely struggling to understand think. It helps me when I dive deeper into these topics just for myself, but also to be “prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks.”
One objection that gets raised is “How could I worship a God who is ok with slavery?” Questions and objections like this are nothing new and have been and will probably be raised until Jesus takes us home. First, don’t flip out and allow your blood pressure to rival the national debt. Be calm and available for questions, advice, and give sound biblical teaching when the opportunity presents. Being unnecessarily angry and agitated never brings any peace and clarity to the situation. Colossains 3:15 says, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” If we remember that we are God’s, we are saved, we are His ambassadors, and nothing to fear in Him, then it will undoubtedly change the way you approach every conversation: positive or controversial.
With this particular question and many others very similar, there are answers. I believe in our day and time, we must be prepared, because the Christian worldview is no longer just assumed to be true and right. A book I recommend (although I haven’t finished it yet) is called Is God A Moral Monster and is written by Paul Copan. He tackles a lot of these questions that people have, especially with the false perception that God in the Old Testament is mean, evil, or is just not worthy or worth following.
Check it out. Be ready and prepared with a biblical, reasoned, and compassionate answer for anyone who may come across your path. This is the time and place God has specifically chosen you to exist. So be informed of what people are asking. Just be there and available. If you don’t have the answer at that moment, that’s ok. Simply let them know you will research it and get back with them. This will also allow you to keep the conversation going and open the door for more opportunities to build the relationship.