By Greg Koukl
How to respond to the problem of evil, neatly and quickly.
In about four weeks I’m going to fly out to the East coast for a day. Apparently I’m taking the “red eye” out at night, getting into Raleigh, North Carolina in the morning, resting for a couple of hours, going onto a secular radio broadcast that is one of the most popular in the state, then I climb on an airplane and fly back on the “red eye” in return. All of this for this one hour interview. I’ll tell you something. When I found out that I would be doing this, I got a little nervous. You want to know why I get nervous doing a radio interview? It’s not because radio bothers me, or talking to people bothers me. I do radio all the time, every week, six hours worth. So it’s not radio, per se, that bothers me. But when I have my own radio show, or even when I do something like Religion on the Line, we have a fairly non-hostile environment towards religion. Oh, I occasionally get people that are hostile towards me and my points of view. But at least I have the hope of having a reasonable conversation with somebody, going slowly through an issue, step by step, controlling the process a little bit. Not necessarily controlling the person in an inappropriate way, but I have confidence that I will have the time I need to get down to the real issue.
You know when you’ve talked to other people who want to challenge you about your points of view, when you don’t have control sometimes they steamroll you. They go right over top of you. Before you can answer the first question, they’re at you with another one. Just suggesting the answer, they’ve already found exceptions to it and they jump in and don’t let you lay a foundation to answer the question. The fact of the matter is, it’s much easier to ask the difficult question than it is to listen to the difficult answer. When you talk about spiritual truth and the problems attended to it, you are talking about the most critically important issues imaginable and you’re also talking about some very complex issues. Issues that don’t lend themselves to a thirty second sound bite. But, sometimes thirty seconds is all you’ve got.