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Over the last decade as a Stand to Reason speaker, I’ve been yelled at, cursed at, and even threatened. Somehow, though, I haven’t yelled back, cursed back, or threatened anyone. In fact, I respond to such attacks in a rather calm way. How do I keep my cool? Here’s my secret: I let God take the heat.
Alan explains what it means to have good character when engaging in conversations regarding ethics, faith, and values.
Alan's monthly letter for July 2007 Dear Friend, When I heard the knock on the door I knew it was probably the Mormons. It was Saturday afternoon and I had seen a pair of finely dressed people walking around my neighborhood. I guess it was my turn. I answered the door with a bit of trepidation. Sure I know a lot of apologetics, but I don’t know that much about Mormonism. So I decided to use my tactics.
In conversations where you're being challenged, a simple question can make sure you keep the burden of proof where it belongs.
Learning to tell the difference between an argument and a non-argument will make it easier for you to defend your faith. Almost every day I come across people who challenge my views. “God does not exist.” “Your Christian views are homophobic.” “You can only know what is proven by science.” “You shouldn’t judge other people.” What do all these challenges have in common? Not a single one is an argument.
Ever get called names when you get into conversations about Christianity? Alan shows how to deal with that situation. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Though I haven’t said that childhood phrase in a long time, it’s as true today as it was years ago on the playground. It still teaches us a valuable lesson: Don’t let name-calling get to you. One might think adults don’t call people names. Sure they do. They just disguise it by using more “sophisticated” terms.