“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is written, ‘He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.'” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (KJV)
It seems to me that far too much of our time and efforts today when we are speaking to others of Christ Jesus is spent in debate. Now, do not take me wrong. There is nothing wrong with debate. The idea of debate is to try and persuade someone who is persuadable; is it not?
The message of Christ is not up for debate. No one will change my mind concerning Christ, His death, burial and resurrection, His second coming; even the Pre-tribulation rapture of the Church. So it is a waste of effort with me to try and change my mind on those matters.
I only mention these things because we hear of Christians spending much time in debate with atheists, and trying to persuade them that God exist, using our own “Persuasive abilities”, knowledge of Scripture, and seem to forget that the persuasion is not in our own power, but the power of the Holy Spirit. If an unbeliever wills not to see; they will not see by our words.
“God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise…” Let us quit casting pearls before swine, and seek those who might possibly want and need the Lord.
-Tim A. Blankenship