What is the Golden Rule of apologetics? Are you ready? Here it is. The Golden Rule of apologetics is… The Gold Rule. Yes that Golden Rule.
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12)
What does the Golden Rule have to do with apologetics? It has everything to do with apologetics. When you are having an apologetics conversation, have you ever asked how you would want someone else to talk to you about their beliefs?
We may want to do more talking than listening but how would we feel if that was done to us?
We may be comfortable belittling other beliefs but how would we feel if that was done to us?
We may try telling people what they believe instead of asking them but how would we feel if that was done to us?
The one thing that could transform our apologetics activity is applying the Golden Rule. Take time to imagine how you would want other people to talk to us about their beliefs. Perhaps even put yourself in that position, inviting a Muslim, Mormon or Jehovah’s Witness to share their faith with you.
It could change everything you do.