I am going to borrow an analogy from Father Jason that I heard this past Sunday. So, please put on your Imagination Caps and get ready for this trip.
Picture two huge cliffs with drops that go straight down. They are very high, a mile or more, and they are opposite each other by at least a mile. They are exactly alike except for the fact that you are standing on the edge of one cliff, and God is standing on the other. You don’t have any tools, but you want to reach God. How do you get to God?
Now, everybody has a theory. No, they didn’t have cell phones to call a chopper. People love to talk (sometimes argue?) politics and religion. Apologists are those who argue the faith and continue until they are certain they have the answer. Many people just will not listen to another theory or reasoned explanation. So, unless it is in what I call a “religious/political safe zone,” I never open my mouth. (I know I have friends who think otherwise, but trust me, I am changing – a work in progress!)
The main reason I do not like apologetics is because there are no concrete answers, save one. For man to get to God, some kind of “melting” has to take place. Man has to let go of all his “stuff” and just hand it over to God. Yes, I know, how do we do that? I have come to the conclusion that we cannot do it once and figure everything is all right. I think we have to hand over our stuff to God every single day.
I wake up every day and am first thankful that I have this day. The second thing I do is tell God that it is His day, I dedicate it to Him, and turn over my concerns to Him. I pray for those I love, and for those who have asked for prayers, then I petition God in the most gracious way I know how, ending with “Thy will be done.”
Oh, the cliff, the end of the story. Faith in your life, constant faith, will cause you to melt, to become soft, and that is when your love shows. When your love shows amazing things happen, like blinking your eyes and finding yourself on the other cliff with your Creator. Father Jason says the bridge is Jesus because He taught us the “tricks of the trade.” Somewhere along the line, some of us forgot them, some of us are just rediscovering them, and some of us never will. But God is waiting. What do you want to do?