Okay, so, for the last year or so, I’ve really just become tired of arguing online and brooding over how our culture is going to/has gone to hell in a handbasket. I used to always be signing and distributing petitions from TFP and the American Family Association for legislation that will protect life, marriage, and religious liberty. My thoughts were never about “how can I be Christ to those around me?” But rather, “how can I prove that all these anti-lifers/sodomites/atheists/pagans/Protestants are wrong?” I’ve had to distance myself from many debates, mostly online. I almost never run into “those people” in real life, but I looked for hints of heresy in everybody. No love or good will for anyone, just Pharisaic witch-hunting.
It just goes to show you: “to those who only carry hammers, everything looks like a nail”.
Here’s what I think about the hot-button issues:
We are slowly but surely winning the fight against abortion. More people are beginning to see the logical fallacies of allowing abortion, and pro-life legislation is being passed that is slowly choking the abortion industry. But ultimately, a culture of life will come from changing people’s hearts and minds, not the law of land.
Defending marriage, on the other hand, is like the Vietnam War. It is incredibly difficult to defend on secular ground, and it often leads to debates over definitions which are only used to the convenience of each party. And noobody who is for “marriage equality” believes it will harm kids (a subject on which sociologists disagree and which debating could be as futile as trying to finish a Monopoly game) or open the floodgates to legalizing pedophilia. I had a debate with a friend who rejected this as a slippery slope fallacy. He then asked how a gay relationship can’t will the good of the other as well as a heterosexual one. My best answer was that men and women have fundamental complementary differences that only they can give and that the other sex does not have.
Religious liberty: there are definitely reasonable people who see that the HHS’ demand that we fund teenage promiscuity is ridiculous. My gut tells me that people will eventually come to their senses and see how it violates religious liberty. But it will take a while.