I Peter 3:15
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
But do this with gentleness and respect…
I actually learned a few things while watching that backyard brawl last night (a.k.a. the Presidential Debate) in terms of what to do, and not to do, as a Christian when communicating with believers and unbelievers alike.
Fiercely defend the faith and biblical values.
Passionately fight against hostile spiritual forces.
Clarify theological positions without compromise.
Not to do:
Belittle, launch ad hominem attacks (i.e., get personal), lose composure, harangue, disrupt/interrupt, talk over, etc.,…
No one who has been following our political discourse over the last four years was remotely surprised by the behaviors on display last night. Unfortunately, the sheer harshness and vitriol is pretty much assumed now in such a divided country as ours. But can it change for the greater good?
I hope so but my main concern is for the church of Jesus Christ, which unfortunately, at times, has demonstrated behaviors far worse than what we saw last night. If our civil leaders need to change the political temperature then so too must folks in the church. Answering everyone with “gentleness and respect” is a good place to start so let’s start there.