You only have to look on the shelves of any bookshop these days or listen to the ongoing social commentary in the media to see that there are a lot of competing world-views out there seeking to gain our attention and loyalty. How as Christians are we to engage with these? How are we to engage respectfully and coherently?
Can I suggest that we have a model for this conversation in Jesus. He never appeared to be on the back foot. He never seemed to resort to tearing down another’s views to get his point across. Rather he shared the good news of the Kingdom and of the possibility of relationship with God confidently and openly with those who would listen.
The Apostle Peter further encourages us to be authentic in our conversations, ‘always ... prepared to give an answer to ... (anyone) who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect ...’ This implies we know the reason for that hope and have a love for those we are privileged to share with, wanting for them the same hope and blessing that we possess.
I pray you might each have the confidence that comes from knowing Christ and be open to sharing the reason for your hope with others as opportunities present themselves in your conversations with family and friends.