“Be ready always to give an answer” seems to be the favorite verse of many believers!
It is frequently used to defend arguing and being ready to confront all the morons who dare believe other things beside what you believe.
A full look at the verse begins with a call to sanctify your heart. Note this is not God’s sanctifying work, but a sanctification we are to do with our hearts.
Next comes “be ready always to give an answer.” Perhaps then, one could say, if you haven’t sanctified your heart, shut-up. One could say that, not sure one should, but one could.
I did, in fact.
And it was kind of fun.
But the full phrase aint done yet, it goes like this, “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”
This isn’t talking about being ready to argue, or being ready to defend your doctrine, or be ready to impose your will intellectually on the fools around you.
Rather, after having your heart sanctified (set apart to God in all your thinking, saying and doing), people will notice a difference about you and will ask. The answer is given to the question “Why do you have hope?” You then answer with meekness and fear, not self-defense, rhetorical grandeur or argumentation.
Ever been asked that? If not, then this verse is not applying to you.
Paul once expounded on the glories of Jesus Christ and in the midst of his glorying in Christ, he said of Christ, “before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession.”
One of the main things Paul praises Christ for is, not just that He is King of Kings, the only high potentate, the one who dwells in the light people can’t approach to, but that He did well before Pilate.
What stood out about Christ’s confession before Pilate? Largely His silence stands out. Pilate marveled at it.
I wonder, just wonder, if being quiet when people attack us, mis-characterize us or find fault with what we say and do, if we shouldn’t just keep quiet.
Seems to me faith remains quiet; uncertainty uses many, many words loudly.
I shall apply my own point.
“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you”