Monday, October 20, 2008

Real Apologetics: Worldview? No, prayer and fasting!

John Piper looks at Francis Schaeffer's legacy of worldview engagement, and then writes:

"But I wonder if many of the young scholars and activists (now in their forties and fifties!) whom he inspired need to hear a balancing word about the power of prayer and fasting, not as an alternative to thinking and acting, but as a radical foundation that says, “The victory belongs to the Lord, even if the horse (of scholarship and politics) is made ready for the day of battle” (see Proverbs 21:31).

Listen to the books crying out for evangelical renewal and reformation in the life of the mind, the restoration of Truth in the place of technique, the recovery of church social compassion from government powerlessness, the taking of moral high ground in the environmental cause, and many other causes.

Is there a sense in each of these that the root issues are so intractable to human suasion that the call for fasting and prayer would not only be fitting but desperately needed? I am commending such a call."

Wow. I find Piper's observation and approach VERY interesting and challenging. Just think what a powerful apologetic it would be if we all saw God's face today, fell on our faces, repented, and really, truly gave our ALL to Christ? Wouldn't that just be the greatest apologetic for the Truth of Jesus Christ?

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