In this chapter Guinness points out that a major difference between our apologetic and the prophets is that they came with God’s word, whereas we tend to neglect it and come with the word of our age instead. To be faithful Christian persuaders, we must remember that old news needs to be newly spoken to our generation.
And thus, the defense never rests until the eschaton (the end of the age) because God is constantly being framed by image bearers who want to be their own “god.” They accuse God of crimes he has not committed, blame God for suffering he has not caused and slander God’s name because they are blind. As previously mentioned in what it takes to persuade Christianly, Guinness notes that different people and circumstances require a relative defense, a particular method of engagement—old news, newly told.
When it comes to the “framing” of God—where God’s motives and meaning of His words are subversively questioned (E.g., Genesis 3 account), the advocate lover (believers) aim to rectify the lies stated and believed about Him—the God we love.
Lovers are advocates (this is every Christian’s call) of the One who rescued them from Himself (Eph.2:1-3). Advocates think hard—it requires their entire being to engage here as a means of loving God—and are God-centered with their motives and craft and thus cry, “Hallowed by your name” not “hallowed by mine”. First and foremost apologetic work is about making much of God, not ourselves. As Guinness writes:
“Christian advocacy is a lover’s defense, a matter of speaking out and standing up when God is framed unjustly and attacked wrongly. It is therefore anything but dry and sterile” (pg.57)
Not only is Christian advocacy concerned with God’s name, but also must do it’s bidding through God the Holy Spirit’s power, not our own if it’s going to be fruitful in God’s view (Note: many times the fruit will be hidden to us). Os reminds the reader that Christian advocacy at the end of the day is God’s burden in which we get to participate. It’s about old news newly told, and the defense of the faith is about God and by God. It’s not about us, and it’s not up to us for God is His own best counsel.