This was a very insightful posting.
What can we achieve by establishing common ground with our detractors? Simply, we can gain their ear. R.C. Sproul illustrates, in his lecture Christ: The Only Way, how to connect with people through searching for an agreement. After a skeptical professor singles him out, Sproul gets the opportunity to dialogue with the individual in a private conversation concerning the exclusivity of the Gospel. He begins his apologetic by connecting with the professor on an intellectual agreement. He asks hypothetically, “Do you believe that Jesus could be at least one way?” By asking this simple question, Sproul has extended a bridge to conversation instead of erecting a wall that would stifle dialogue. Sproul then has the ability to share his reasoning with a listening audience.
The Apostle Peter writes, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh…
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