Jude 1: Contend Earnestly
Jude 1 encourages Christians to stand up for the fact that we are Christians. Even though we are supposed to be peaceful and show love towards all people, that does not mean that we simply cave in at the sign of any resistance.
Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Jud 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Although we don’t know all the details, it seems that certain people were corrupting the church, and it became necessary for those who were following Christ to stand up to them and earnestly contend for the faith.
This is why apologetics is vitally important for the church today. Apologists are people who make it their business to try and interact with people about the reasonability and rationality of following Jesus Christ. We are called to essentially enter debate. We are not called to kill unbelievers or put them in jail. We are not called to run away and hide. We are called to contend earnestly. We’re supposed to engage these people on the issues.
Of course, this presupposes that we know what we’re talking about. We need to be informed Christians. I think that is a large reason for the decline in the American church today. Because our country has been largely culturally Christian for very long time, many people who called themselves Christians really did not know why they were Christians. As a result, now when they cannot stand up to arguments from another source and contend earnestly, they fall away.
It is the responsibility of all questions to learn how to do this. Jude was not just written for the clergy or people who might be predisposed to study apologetics. It was written for everyone.