If there’s one major thing I’ve learned from my criminal justice class, it’s the importance of having a foundation.
Both the course and assignments made me think about things I hadn’t considered before and helped me to see them through a biblical worldview.
Now, if you’ve ever written a paper, for college or otherwise, you know that you can’t just say something is true without proving it. You have to have evidence to support your views. (And you have to cite that evidence. *shudder*)
But as annoying as MLA, APA, or whatever formatting you’re using may be, there’s no denying the importance of being able to explain why something is true. You need to have a foundation for your beliefs.
As Peter says, we must “always [be] ready to make a defense to everyone who asks [us] to give an account for the hope that is within [us].” (1 Peter 3:15)
And you can’t just say, “Because the Bible says so.”
Certainly, Scripture is the inerrant Word of God and perfectly capable of standing on its own. But unbelievers won’t accept its authority because they don’t see it as authoritative.
You need to build an argument for your beliefs. Not an in-your-face argument, but a scholarly one. A thesis. A foundation.
Ask yourself the question, “Why?”
Why am I deciding to not go to that movie?
Why do I think homosexuality is wrong?
Why do I believe that Jesus is the Savior?
And don’t just settle for Sunday school answers. Dig deep into the Bible and find the passages that support your views. Learn them, not so you can shove them in people’s faces, but so you can give an educated answer for your faith. Not only will it help you to explain your actions to unbelievers, but it will help you understand why you believe what you believe.
Your faith should not be blind faith. You need to know its foundation.