On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/15/20), Hank addresses an email question from Amelia, who wants to know how she, as an Orthodox Christian, can show her LGBTQ friends more of her faith. In response, Hank encourages Amelia to discuss with her friends the beauty of God; the mystery of the Eucharist; the door of the wardrobe that opens into Narnia. Because the issue is never evangelism; it is equipping for evangelism. Furthermore, he advises her to learn about the liabilities of the LGBTQ lifestyle so that she can use the deviations as a springboard for sharing the beauty of an authentic Christian life, using the letter “T” in LGBTQ as an example. Being equipped for evangelism also means being able to give answers, including being able to give a defense of Holy Tradition and of Scripture, which is a product of Holy Tradition. It is hardly sufficient, however, to be intellectually equipped. As Hank has emphasized time and time again on the broadcast, it is axiomatic that we are internally equipped, energized by a power that is in us but not of us. This is the energy that alone can transform the world, including those even now entrapped in a lifestyle that overpromises and underperforms.
Hank also answers the following questions:
- Can you explain Romans 13:1?
- Satan seems a bit different in the Old Testament and the New Testament. How did we get to what we think of him today?
- I feel like my friends and I are viewed as outcasts by fellow Christians because we have tattoos, smoke cigars, and drink beer. What are your thoughts on that?