Thursday, April 7, 2011

24:15 Joe Six-Pack Answers

The Catholic faith is beautiful, intelligent, deep, nuanced, and mysterious. We’ve got thousands of years of thinking, writing, reflecting, and praying to choose from for both Testaments. It is a glorious story of Love of our Creator for His beloved — a searing, passionate romance.  

All of which makes it really hard to explain in 30 seconds.

But sometimes that’s all the chance you have with people, a mere two minutes, one minute, half minute. Maybe the length of an elevator ride; as captive an audience as you’ll ever have.

1 Peter 3:15 exhorts us to “being ready always to satisfy every one that asks you a reason of that hope which is in you.” Some topics are so complex that they defy easy explanation. Some explanations, no matter how lengthy, are doomed to be misunderstood or not understood at all.

If people were curious, they must want some answer. Give them too much and you scare them away. Give them too little and they dismiss it as unconvincing.

There must be a way to answer in a short way that is satisfying on the surface, that points to a deeper truth, AND that can be understood by the average guy on the street without a degree in theology, philosophy, or rocket science.

In short, we need some Joe Six-Pack answers.

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