Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Music HighwayOne day as I was as I was in my car meditating and enjoying my coffee at a Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot, a woman came over to my car’s open window where I was sitting inside and started asking me a question. I immediately identified her as a Jehovah’s Witness.

I do not remember the question, but after I answered, she raised her voice and angrily started asking me more questions. “Well, how about such and such, does the Bible really say that?”
She carried on, etc., etc. I could tell she was
prepared to debate anything and everything I
would say to her.

I asked her why was she arguing with me? I told
her I had been at peace in my car and I did not
want to angrily debate with her. She forcefully
continued arguing. I told her I will longer
answer her questions. After hearing that, she
just turned around and walked away. Apparently,
she understood my position and continued on her
way.

In short, what this person did was to initiate a religious discussion with the attitude of: “Hit me with your best shot! Fire away!” Thinking back on this, I do applaud her for being sort of courageous and prepared to answer religious thoughts that came her way, but her attitude, I believe, was a fruitless one. It could even have been spiritually dangerous for her. Let me continue with this.

Always be prepared for the fiery darts from evil sources of the spirit world.

Most of you are aware of this verse in 1 Peter 3:15:

 … but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always  being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and]reverence…

What this verse is basically indicating to me is that we Christians should be strong in the area called apologetics. Apologetics is the thinking of the reason you believe something. So, when the moment comes when you are asked why you believe God or something from the Bible, you will have an adequate response that, with help from the Holy Spirit, God can use as a witness for the other person.

What the Jehovah’s Witness lady did – and this is standard practice for that particular religious organization – was to approach me with the intent of converting me into her way of thinking. Although I was never a Jehovah’s Witness, I had studied, years ago, many of her points of doctrines she had vigorously rehearsed for several days, if not months beforehand. She was mentally prepared to reply to my rebuttals with whatever she had been indoctrinated. I understood her beliefs, but I decided on that day not to go along with her style of discussion.

Do not get me wrong. I do not have any animosity against Jehovah’s Witnesses. Some of the best coworkers that I worked alongside in companies where I was employed were from this group. (Future blog soon – Lord willing). But there is a big difference with what she did and with being apologetic as the above verse in 1 Peter indicates.

For one thing, Peter was admonishing us to know and understand what you believe and be ready to answer anyone who asks you about your life as a Christian, or about the Bible – its teachings, its culture,  etc. The verse does not say we are to forcefully approach other Christians confidently believing you have all the answers that could ever be presented to you.

The YouTube video below reminds me to be very cautious and not be overconfident as you witness the Lord, Jesus Christ, to others. Be strongly aware that if you approach someone with an arrogant, know-it-all attitude, you may be blindsided by demonic forces where fiery darts will be hurled at you (Ephesians 6:16). These darts are meant to harm and destroy your faith in God.

Stay close to God, to Jesus Christ, as you sojourn in this dark world.

Homework Questions
1. Is witnessing for Christ and evangelizing for Christ the same thing?

2. Was the Jehovah Witness lady in my account above properly witnessing or evangelizing?

3. Did not the apostle Paul do the same thing when he entered synagogues every week and debated with the Jews in his missionary travels?

4. How best should you be prepared for any fiery darts that the evil, spirit world may shoot at you as you witness or evangelize?

 

Pat Benatar

Hit Me with Your Best Shot   (1980)
lyrics – Eddie Schwartz
music – Eddie Schwartz
sung by – Pat Benatar
genre – Pop
side B – “Prisoner of Love”
album – Crimes of Passion

LYRICS:

Well you’re a real tough cookie with a long history
Of breaking little hearts like the one in me
That’s okay, let’s see how you do it
Put up you dukes, let’s get down to it

Artwork for U.S. vinyl single (source: Wikipedia)

Hit me with your best shot
Why don’t you hit me with your best shot
Hit me with your best shot
Fire away

You come on with it, come on
You don’t fight fair
That’s okay, see if I care
Knock me down, it’s all in vain
I get right back on my feet again

Hit me with your best shot
Why don’t you hit me with your best shot
Hit me with your best shot
Fire away

Well you’re a real tough cookie with a long history
Of breaking little hearts like the one in me
Before I put another notch in my lipstick case
You better make sure you put me in my place

Album

Hit me with your best shot
C’mon, hit me with your best shot
Hit me with your best shot
Fire away

Hit me with your best shot
Why don’t you hit me with your best shot
Hit me with your best shot
Fire away

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