I have been having some interesting conversations with some fellow apologists connected with the Christian Apologetics Alliance. A question was asked about where we need work in apologetics. My burden is that we get back to 1 Peter 3:15, speaking to people with gentleness and respect. Christians have to choose what role they see for apologetics. We can be sick of critics attacking us and choose to hit back or we can have a desire to deal with questions to help real people make room for faith. Someone in our conversation reminded me of this verse that I thought I needed to share here:
“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” (Colossians 4:5–6 ESV)
Our speech is not to be biting, devastating or attacking but rather to be gracious. It would be worth asking for each person interested in apologetics if the thing that we have just said is indeed gracious.