So, I was reading an interview with Rachel Held Evans, and got stuck on this comment: hope is not always logical.
This was predicated upon 1 Peter 3:15, where we are exhorted to “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” And I was struck by this verse, like I have never read it before.
I have spent so much of my time listening to people give me answers to questions about doctrine, as though the Bible somehow needs a defense lawyer. And I’ve spent plenty of time defending my beliefs, as though logic is the only thing that matters. When, in reality, that’s not at all what we’re supposed to do – we’re supposed to give reasons for our hope, not our beliefs. Two different things.
Christianity has a long history of believing some truly outrageous propositions. Polygamy, slavery, subjugation of women, our planet the center of the universe – the list goes on and on. But Christianity has never been about doctrine; it’s about grace, redemption, and hope.
I’m over here hanging on by my fingernails to a tiny shred of hope, when all around me, well-meaning Christians are answering the wrong questions. Don’t tell me why I am doctrinally wrong. Tell me why you have hope.
I’ll tell you why I have hope: Jesus resurrected.
There is no logic in that hope, no concrete proof, nothing beyond a quiet prayer in the night that it was real.