I was asked to give an apologetics speech at the Students for Life of America 2014 West Coast National Conference. I was given a title, “I’m Pro-Life, But…” that I was allowed to do anything I wanted with, so I chose to respond to these four common statements and questions:
“I’m pro-life, but people tell me I come across like a jerk. What can I do about that?”
“I’m pro-life, but I don’t know how to convince people that abortion is wrong.”
“Chaplain John,” a fun-loving prison chaplain who saw me speak at a banquet a few months ago interviewed me for his YouTube series, “Chaplain Chat.” I’ll be posting them this week.
In this second segment, I talk about my pro-choice friend Deanna and offer a clarification about the kinds of arguments that are bad and which arguments are very needed. This is important because I notice Christians equivocate on the word “argument” a lot.
I had the opportunity to speak to the 7th-8th graders at St. Joachim School yesterday. It’s about a 40-minute trip, so during my drive I pondered what I wanted to talk about. I knew I would include a lot of my standard material on being a good ambassador for Christ and making a persuasive case for life. I also wanted to talk about relational evangelism.
You see, I have several pro-choice friends. I believe that many people need more than one conversation to change their mind about an important issue like abortion. Some people need relationship.
I told them about my friend Deanna, who emailed me eight months ago after watching some of my YouTube videos. I could tell from her first email that she was both fiercely intelligent and open-minded. But if you compared our lives on paper, you would probably be surprised to learn that we are good friends.
I’m really happy with this unusual episode of Life Report. One of our scheduled guests became unavailable on our shooting day, so Gabi Vehrs and I sat down and had a candid conversation about the state of the pro-life movement and what we need to do to set ourselves up in a good trajectory towards victory. It was a great chance to talk about relational apologetics and some of the things I’ve been pondering lately.
I hope you enjoy it, and I would love to hear your thoughts.