A Ready Defense

Standing Up, Standing Strong

Part of walking as a Christian is standing up for Christ who we serve. This means that before the world the Christian is to be neither passive, nor timid. Instead, when challenged, maligned, or merely questioned, the Christian should be ready and willing to answer. Peter described such an attitude in his first epistle, encouraging Christians to:

…sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to given an account…
1 Peter 3:15a (NASU)

An Affirmative Defense

A Unique Kind of Defense

Under the American system of law, which is itself built upon the English system of Common Law, there is a type of defense known as the Affirmative Defense. This defense is used in civil matters to excuse or avoid liability, and more predominantly in criminal matters to excuse or avoid penalty under law.