Christian bakers, gay weddings, cakes. There have been enough stories in the news over the past several years on this subject, that most of us are at least nominally cognizant. For some, that’s as far as it goes – with no real interest in cakes, gays or Christians, they simply move on. For those directly involved in a related situation, it can be wildly relevant. To one’s reputation, business, finances, spiritual and emotional health, and on and on.
The majority of us may find ourselves in a third category. We may not be personally involved but we can’t just shrug it off either. It seems more important than that. Ironically, there are those who believe that but only because they think they should support the popular position. So, they go all in for the gay and against the Christian. After all, it’s just a cake, right?
Except, it’s not. It is not just a cake. We are talking about the very foundations of a person’s belief system. How is it that such a value should be supported for gays over Christians? Or, any other group? There are plenty of aspects to all this that we can, and should, invest in. But, what we want to highlight here is the overall effect on our culture that all this is having.If we don't want to self-destruct as a culture and a country, we need to reverse the current trend of antagonistic tribalism. Us against them may work in sports but not so much in a free country. Click To Tweet
Class Warfare – LGBTQ Against Everyone Else
Forget any particular class, whether gay or Christian or even baker and think in more generic terms. The more a faction agitates for special consideration, the more we are divided as a culture. That only sets us up for additional strife. How much is too much? At what point has someone overstepped the bounds of what is appropriate? What is fair? Who gets to decide all this?
In a recent discussion with a friend it became clear that we hold worldviews that deviate rather meaningfully, in at least one way. We seemed to talk around a point a bit with some confusion until it dawned on me. He didn’t understand the depth of my concern on this issue – it didn’t affect him personally, so what’s the big deal? How many others think along those lines?
Veiled under the guise of simply protecting the rights of those in the LGBTQ community, the true motive is more sinister. They don’t really want a fair approach to balancing conflicting worldviews. They want nothing less than to promote their own, regardless of the loss of liberty for others.
That it doesn’t affect me personally, at least today, is not the point. The point is it does affect some people and sometimes quite significantly. From my perspective, that is unacceptable. That such calculated and consistent oppression can take place in 21st century America is disturbing. That it portends a future based on this sort of thinking and action is alarming.
If we don’t want to self-destruct as a culture and a country, we need to reverse the current trend of antagonistic tribalism. Strategies that lead to short-term gains can be misleading. In the long term, they can actually cause greater harm. Us against them may work in sports but not so much in a free country.