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Explain it to an ET

In today’s troubled US political moment, a government official emerged claiming to have evidence of extra-terrestrial life. According to him, such evidence had been repressed by the authorities. Many people say that his announcement was just an attempt to divert attention from the evidence of corruption that comes up every day against the president and his son.

I don’t delve into politics. I never believed in ETs either. I cite the above case to take advantage of the moment and ask Christians: If an ET appeared from space, landed in your backyard or on your street and asked you to explain, from zilch, the main points of faith, what would you say?

Would you be able to explain the great truths revealed in the Scriptures? Where would you start? (Certainly not with baptism!) You would have to remember that the supposed ET doesn’t know anything — unlike most people who believe in God and have some kind of religious belief.

There are times when it’s good to drop back to square one to understand God’s Way as comprehensively as possible. For there are emerging in society, not the imaginary ET, but more and more people who know absolutely nothing about spiritual truths.

So make your list of these truths revealed by God. You may soon need it.

(By the way, the book of Acts provides us with rich material, in the preaching of the apostles and prophets, explaining to pagans and idolaters the truth of the faith. Perhaps a good place to start, in addition to the Old Testament prophets and some perspectives from the letters as well.)

I’ve already started working on my list. Where are you going to start?

But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. 1 Peter 3.15.


J. Randal Matheny
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