How does this have anything to do with everyone's favorite suspender clad
apologist, William Lane Craig? I would like to suggest that what happens with
bands is analogous to what happens with Christian case makers. There are what J.
Warner Wallace calls, "Million Dollar Apologists", and then there are the rest
of us who aspire to contend for the faith. J. Warner calls us "One Dollar
Apologists." The truth of the matter is that million dollar apologists rarely
(if ever) approach seven figure salaries. I would actually suggest that most one
dollar apologists have considerably more resources to invest in the cause of
apologetics than their more recognizable counterparts. And that is where I want
to draw the parallel.
I would actually be willing to go even further than J. Warner's claim that we
need more one dollar apologists. I would say that the real ministry happens when
Dr. Craig is not around. He speaks in venues that are much more conducive to
presenting the gospel, but often in front of even more hostile audiences. In any
event, he does not live in your neighborhood, hang out with your co-workers, and
eat pizza with your friends. And most of them will never read anything that Dr.
Craig puts out or watch any of his videos. They don't know him and he doesn't
know them. But they would probably read something that you wrote, watch a video
that you made, or come to hear a presentation that you were giving at the local
college apologetics group. The largest impact made by the Craig, Geisler,
McDowell, and company is not in their physical appearances or even in the books
that they write. The larger, more lasting impact comes from the people who buy
the books, memorize the words, and wear the t-shirts (I am sure they exist
somewhere. If not, there is a lot of money waiting to be made from William Lane
Craig "suspender-defender" t-shirts. Just saying.)
Of course, we need people doing research, writing books, and doing speaking
engagements. We can't survive with out them. It is a symbiotic relationship. The
ministry of the one dollar apologists depends on the ministry million dollar
apologists and the ministry of the million dollar guys depends on the ministry
of the one dollar guys. It is admittedly presumptuous of me to say so, but I
think most of the million dollar guys would probably agree that even if they
were selling thousands and thousands of books to Christians; they would hang up
their suspenders in a heartbeat if they knew that the readers would never pass
along the information. They would retire their argyle sweaters; even if they
were selling out stadiums to believers; if it was entirely certain that every
person who attended would take a vow of silence immediately afterward.
I say all of this to encourage those of you who, like me, are deeply indebted
to the big names out there. Find some way to start sharing what you have
learned. Do not allow yourself to fall into the trap of thinking "I won't say
anything new" or "I can't say it as well as Dr. Craig." Your friends probably
haven't heard it before and they don't care how well someone else can say it. Do
not stay on the sidelines because you think, "I don't know all of the answers."
Wanna know the shocking truth? Neither does Dr. Craig! And even if he did, he
does not live in your neighborhood.