Answering the Tough Questions Part 2
My job, with a national type 2 diabetes study, is to train physical education teachers on how to increase physical activity. The goal is to reduce the risks of obesity and type 2 diabetes. My tactic in changing teacher behavior is to form friendship relationships in order to give them feedback on what teaching behaviors need to change.
A year ago, just before Thanksgiving, I observed one of my teachers and afterwards we were chatting during her lunch break. I asked her what she would do during the break and she told me she was going to relax and do some reading. I asked her what she was reading and she was so excited to give me an overview and then recommend the book. She then asked me what I like to read. I told her I was reading a book titled, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist.” She then said she was an atheist and asked if I was religious. This set off a 45 minute discussion in which she hit me with 12 questions over this short span of time.
Peter told us 1 Peter 3:15 “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” Nothing she asked surprised me due to the time I have spent in preparation and in multiple conversations.
I would like to share some insights into how to get into spiritual conversations like this, how to ask good questions, and then I will give you some answers to common questions you will encounter. My format revolves around throwing some TAR at you in hopes some of this information will stick. I am following the 1 Peter 3:15 model.
• Tactics: how to treat people with gentleness and respect.
• Answers: how to give solid answers to common objections.
• Resources: help you with ongoing preparation.
Part 2 I will interpret Col. 4:2-6 and use it as my teaching text for this series of writings.