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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The kind of response Christians should strive to receive from those who disagree

After appearing for a live radio debate on Iron Sharpens Iron [Part 1 and Part 2], Muslim apologist Bassam Zawadi had the following to say about the experience:

Despite being a Muslim who strongly opposes the theological beliefs that IRON SHARPENS IRON adheres to and sometimes anti-Islamic stance that it takes, I would have to admit that I had a good experience appearing as a guest on the show. I felt very comfortable with the way Chris and his guests have questioned my beliefs. I appreciate the respect that I received and the courteous and considerate way questions have been put forth to me. Many Muslim speakers and apologists might possibly feel intimidated appearing on a Christian radio show, however I can say with confidence to any of these Muslims out there that they shouldn't be worried about doing so with IRON SHARPENS IRON."
This is remarkable as the Christian who Zawadi debated, David Wood (as well as the host of ISI, Chris Arnzen), was in no way unclear that according to the Bible, Zawadi must repent of his adherence to Islam and trust in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, or he would face the judgment of God. Wood and Arnzen were respectful of Zawadi, however, listening carefully to what he had to say without interrupting him, and well-reasoned responses to what he said. This is what Christians are commanded to do in 1 Peter 3:15, "...sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence" (NASB). We must strive to hold both things in balance; we must have the grace to speak to others with gentleness and reverence, but we must have the boldness to actually give a defense for what we believe.

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