In the Old Testament, before the Judges of Israel could bring their people back to God they had to knock down the idols that were being worshiped.
Before our friends and neighbours give the Gospel a hearing, we sometimes need to knock down the idols they are worshipping. Today, the idol is evolutionary thinking. Sadly, most people don’t believe evolution is a theory but an established fact.
It is handy for Christians to have an understanding of “evolution versus creation” to give rational answers when people question. There are plenty of examples in nature and science that illuminate the design in creation and points to the Designer behind it, (Google the many eminent Christian professors and doctors that have written excellent scientific defences for God and Christianity).
However, there is an occupational hazard to Christian apologetics. We can become so caught up arguing evolution that we neglect to mention the Gospel. Many educated Christians have won academic debates, but without the Gospel no one has been won to Christ. We must remember that: The Word of God is alive and powerful… (Hebrews 4:12). God honours His Word, not our clever arguments. When His Gospel is spoken, God will rattle the hearer to its importance and will haunt them with its message time and time again.
There is certainly a place for Christian apologetics in toppling evolutionary idols, but without the Gospel it’s simply an academic argument.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)