Though this expression specifically applies to male and female roles (the “gander” being a male goose), it’s come to mean whatever is fair for one must be fair for all. This said:
Peter’s mandate undoubtedly applies to every believer: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15). Yet most churches fail to realize: If 1 Peter 3:15 applies to every believer, then it equally applies to every church, since church by definition is made up of believers! In today’s cultural climate, failing to integrate apologetics in church ministry makes all our evangelistic efforts anemic at best. Is there an intentional, consistent practice to think and speak apologetically in your church?
From my essay “Why Apologetics is Important to Your Church”.
Imagine a church that demands (rightfully) honesty, justice, and compassion from its members yet fails to deal truthfully, fairly, or mercifully to the community in which it exists?