A debate with a friend on Facebook yesterday brought to my attention how deeply divided Christians and non-Christians are. My worldview and my friend's worldview are very far apart.
My friend was celebrating the triumph of the Democrats and nationalized health care, and she was rejoicing in our debate that the pro-lifers were unable to legislate their morality this time, like they're always trying to do.
"If pro-lifers are against abortion, then they shouldn't have them," was the gist of some of her argument. In other words, let me live my life the way I want, and you live your life the way you want.
I suppose that's ideally the way a pluralistic society should function. But it can't function that way, because her lifestyle overlaps with mine. Yesterday her morality was legislated for me. My tax dollars will go to fund abortions that I believe are wrong.
Not only that, but the carrying out of her morality, though she doesn't see it this way, makes my God angry with this nation and brings his hand of judgment in various ways. (The Romans didn't like the Christians because they wouldn't worship their gods, thus potentially invoking the wrath of the Roman pantheon against Rome.)
What's more, my morality is not just inward-looking, but it's outward-looking, too. My morality, which I get from the Scriptures, points me in the direction of influencing my culture for righteousness. My friend would like me to curb that part of my morality because it affects her morality.
Given these overlapping moralities, it's no wonder we're deeply divided.