It’s an honor to share my thoughts on this question.
Great question, by the way.
First, let us digest the question.
• You have a Muslim friend
• Your Muslim friend assumes that we are being elitist by quoting the verse you mentioned.
I want to give 2-3 lines of thoughts you can think about.
1.) We are living in 3 kinds of cultures. Theonomous, a culture where God’s law is embedded in our hearts. Heteronomous, a culture where superior caste dictates the law for the many. Autonomous, a culture of self-governance (self-law)
Here’s the thing, we are living in an autonomous culture, the moment you share your faith to your muslim friend, they reject it and say we are elitist, and possibly inject their own faith to us - switching autonomous to heteronomous.
2.) When we share Jesus, especially the exclusive claim in Him to our friend, always present the truth and beauty of Him. John 14:6 is very exclusive claim of Jesus, it is truth that we need to share, but we also need to project His beauty so that others may be attracted.
3.) When we share the truth, always be loving. To share the truth is important, but it is more important that our motivation is love. Argument alone cannot win the heart of your friend, always be loving and build relationship, so that they will give us the platform to share our faith.
Being elitist is very different to being “truthful.”
Elitist mean you are being superior to your claim and forcing someone to believe to your belief as well.
Being truthful means you are presenting the truth to your belief with love. And even though they reject it, you still respect their decision and embrace them.
Thank you for giving your time to read this.
I hope these thoughts help you.