Acts 6: Avoiding the Argument
In Acts 6, we meet Stephen, the first martyred follower of Jesus Christ. He began to frustrate the people he was debating with, so they decided to bring charges of blasphemy against him. However, the motivation stood out to me.
Act 6:9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.
Act 6:10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.
This is the beginning of the confrontation, and for some reason, it seems to be the case that these people started arguing with Stephen, but after they were not able to argue with them, they brought the charges of blasphemy against him.
I think we see this type of thing happen in the world today as well. Sometimes, people don’t want to follow the evidence. Sometimes, if they get beaten in an argument, they simply look for a way to silence the argument they were not able to answer. That seems to be what happened here.
As a practical example, think about how abortion debates generally proceed. The pro-life person will say that life begins at conception, a very scientifically proven statement. Rather than debate that point, many times it seems as if the trump card of, “You are anti-woman,” comes out. Trying to paint your point in a negative light to avoid an argument is not helpful, but it is still used.
Therefore, as Christians, we need to continue to be like Stephen. We still present the things of God, and we do our best to explain why it is reasonable to believe in the God of the Bible. However, we need to be aware of what can happen when we do that and what tactics might be utilized.