A Clever Tactic to Take on Tough Questions

by Greg Koukl

Disagree with the Christian on this and you disagree with Christ. That’s why this should be your first line of response when answering this query.

A while back I stumbled upon what I think is a clever way of dealing with certain types of challenges that I face as a follower of Christ. I thought I’d pass it on to you hoping you’d find it useful, too.

For example, I used it recently with the culturally tricky issue of same-sex marriage.

I’d received a note from a dad whose daughter was in a competition where she knew she’d be asked her view on this issue—an obvious attempt to disqualify anyone who doesn’t toe the politically correct line on homosexuality. He wanted my opinion on the safest way to answer the question, “What do you think about same-sex marriage?” and still be faithful to Jesus.

Since Jesus said we should be innocent, but shrewd, I worked out a response I think satisfies both requirements: “Since I am a follower of Christ, my view on marriage is the same as Jesus’ view, one He made clear in Matthew 19: One man, with one woman, becoming one flesh, for one lifetime. So, on the definition of marriage, I stand with Jesus.”

You get the point. Disagree with the Christian on this and you disagree with Christ. That’s why this should be your first line of response when answering this query. Since Jesus still has credibility with most people, this puts the opposition in a bind.

Here’s the general principle: Pit the challenger against Jesus whenever you can.

That was my approach when I faced off with New Age “guru,” Deepak Chopra, a few years ago for a national TV debate on Lee Strobel’s Faith Under Fire…

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