Ravi Zacharias International Ministries oversaw a youth gathering known as Reboot in London on Saturday that featured a panel of Christian apologists who answered questions about sexuality, Creation and climate change.
The event was livestreamed on social media and featured Andy Bannister, director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity; Simon Edwards, United Kingdom director for RZIM Zacharias Trust and assistant chaplain of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics; Mahlatse Mashua, regional director for RZIM Africa; David Bennett, a former gay activist and author of the book War of Loves; and Madeline Jackson, an apologist with OCCA.
Here are five questions the panel tackled, including their opinions on interfaith dating, masturbation, and dialoguing with LGBT individuals.
Is it OK to date non-Christians?
The question about interfaith dating was answered by Edwards, who referenced Second Corinthians 6:14, which states that Christians should “not be yoked together with unbelievers.”
“Why would it be loving or wise for us, as Christians, to think about being unequally yoked with an unbeliever?” Edwards posited. “What would it be like to partner in life with someone whose fundamental understanding of the universe is significantly different to yours?”
Edwards said he believes “there is a wisdom and there is a love in saying ‘be careful about who you join yourself with’” and how this can apply to dating, even when marriage is not immediately talked about.
“For a Christian, I think we shouldn’t take dating lightly. I mean, why do we date? It’s not just the personal gratification,” he added.
“Why would you go out on a date with someone unless it was in the realm of possibility that you might get married?”
Is masturbation a sin?
Jackson, the lone woman on the panel, decided to answer this question because she felt it was wrong to assume that only men “struggle” with masturbation.
She responded that she felt it was a sin because sin is “whenever something good is experienced outside of the context for which it was created” and she felt masturbation fit that description.
“When it comes to masturbation, the question is what purpose is sexual gratification meant for?” asked Jackson, who spoke about marriage being centered on serving one another.
“When we then take sexual gratification outside of a context of a servant-oriented love between two people and we make it something that is really tempting, something you can do on your own, have your own pleasure, and it doesn’t require intimacy or sacrifice, it’s taking something really good that God loves and putting it into a context in which it doesn’t serve us well.”
How as Christians can we react to the climate crisis?
A question brought partly in response to a recent wave of protests demanding action on climate change, the question on a Christian response to climate action was given to Mashua.
Mashua said human beings “have not been good stewards of the Earth” and asserted that Christians “are not supposed to see the climate crisis as something separate from our faith.”
“Personally, I can live out my faith in Jesus Christ in the direction of the environment by making adjustments, by showing myself to be a good steward of the environment,” he said.
“This world belongs to God and He sent His Son Jesus Christ to redeem it and to create a new humanity. He is focused on this world and He enlists us, as Christians, as believers, to do our part to work with Him as He fixes it.”
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Source: Christian Post