Recently, I had the privilege of attending some classes taught by Sean McDowell and Lee Strobel (separately). They both mentioned something critical about the role of apologetics and it is something that I think we all need to be reminded of (well, at least I do).
Apologetics is not about winning a debate or argument. It isn’t about convincing people to become followers of Jesus.
Primarily, apologetics is about removing stumbling blocks and other obstructions so that people can see the real Jesus. Our goal is to simply correct the wrong beliefs and misconceptions people hold about the facts surrounding the Christian faith. As Paul put it, we “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God” (2 Cor 10:5).
By tearing down these false notions and replacing them with the truth, we can help people see Jesus clearly for who he is: the Creator, God, who stepped into his creation to pursue a relationship with his people.
And that is what it is really all about.