1 Peter 3:8, 15 – Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: … But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Many years ago I wrote a paper concerning world religions and their impacts on business that was reviewed by my university mentor. Her assessment was that I painted a rather gloomy picture of people and their tendency toward materialism and personal gain. When she confronted me with this point of view, I stated that I did not see how people intrinsically can make progress. However, my personal hope lies not in mankind to improve, but rather my hope rests in Jesus Christ.
As a Christian, my professor responded well to this answer. Any good we find in the world, we must credit to God. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17). On the other hand, all the wickedness in the world is traceable to mankind and the Adversary.
Because our hope rests in God and His Son, we must study His Word to be prepared to answer accurately and completely why we believe what we believe. “Thus saith the Lord…” is far more powerful than “I think…” For this reason, Paul encouraged young Timothy saying, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
Remember above all that we must speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).