2 Corinthians 7: Emotional Appeal
There are people that say that Christianity is a crutch. They argue that Christianity is some type of comfort that certain people need in order to get by in life. I know that I tend to automatically turn around and start talking about how Christianity is also a reasonable faith, but after reading 2 Corinthians 7, it makes me think that maybe there is more value in talking about the comfort that Christianity legitimately does provide.
2Co 7:5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.
2Co 7:6 Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;
2Co 7:7 And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.
Paul points out that He obviously received comfort in this situation that He believed was from God. The modern skeptic would probably argue that it was a kind of placebo effect. However, if God does exist, then it makes perfect sense that He would be comforting. Given what we know about the character of God through the Bible, if He is real, then it would be no surprise whatsoever.
I mention this because I think that we often times surrender the emotional argument. We allow those who argue with us the ability to make emotional appeals about why they are mad at God or why God is so cruel to them, but we never bring back our own emotional experiences as well. For those of us who are Christians, I imagine that we have some type of experience where we felt God at work. Why not talk about that?
I love apologetics, and I love using logic and reason to make a case for Christ. However, I wonder if we are giving up half the battle without a fight sometimes. We are afraid to talk about our personal experience because the skeptical audience will argue that we are simply being emotional, but then they do the same thing. Maybe we should level the playing field. The logic and the reason are still incredibly important, but we want to make sure that we also do not ignore our personal testimony. God has done great things in all of our lives. Why not talk about them as well?