2 Chronicles 4-6; Acts 26

Acts 26:24-25 While Paul was speaking in his defense, Festus said in a loud voice, “You are mad Paul; much learning has driven you mad.”  But Paul replied, “I am not mad, most excellent Festus; I am speaking words of truth and reason.”

Paul provides a beautiful model here for evangelistic interaction.  We do speak words of truth and reason.  One of Satan’s ubiquitous lies is that faith and reason is a zero-sum game, which the more you have of one the less you have of the other.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  St. Thomas Aquinas is just one of the splendid examples of towering intellect combined with unshakable faith.  There is a quote – I believe belonging to C. S. Lewis – that faith without reason is fanatic fundamentalism, and reason without faith is atheism.  Faith and reason are bedrock to the Christian faith.

An aside: the next time you are at a family gathering, and you get into it with good old drunk uncle Carl, say “I am not crazy, most excellent drunk Uncle Carl; I am speaking words of truth and reason.”  Try it, it’s fun!

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