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Some of the blogs I read agree with John and Yoko. The war is over, not the war in Iraq or Afghanistan [it seems, unfortunately peace is evasive over there] but the war in America, the culture war.
Not only am I told it is over, the hurtful part is that I am told Christians should not have been a part of the culture war, we should never have been involved in politics, our struggle is in the spiritual world and we should keep our noses out of the business of the country.
Let’s use the Wikipedia definition of Culture war. “The expression was introduced again by the 1991 publication of Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America by James Davison Hunter, a sociologist at the University of Virginia. In it, Hunter described what he saw as a dramatic realignment and polarization that had transformed American politics and culture.
He argued that on an increasing number of “hot-button” defining issues — abortion, gun politics, separation of church and state, privacy, recreational drug use, homosexuality, censorship issues — there had come to be two definable polarities”
I don’t get it. If I live in the United States, [I do], and the USA is a democracy, [it is, well a democratic republic], and I care about the future, [which I do], why should I not be involved in the battle? And it is a battle. Do I need to give up social involvement because Jesus saved my soul? Was that in the fine print?
Let me give my opinion on the culture war issues, and i would like to hear yours.
- Abortion, no Christian can LIKE abortion. I do not think the government should fund it. I think churches should be pro adoption, and put their money where their heart is. Don’t try to tell me youth can not abstain, some do. Sex education is health education. Promiscuous sex is unhealthy. Teach that.
- Gun politics. I have been raised around guns all my life, I live in the country. I have a gun permit to carry concealed. I will not give up my God given right easily.
- Separation of Church and State. I would like to see separation of atheism and state. Separation does not mean disintegration. It surely does not mean the boys on the football team who want to can not pray before the game. This issue has gone way too far.
- Privacy. I am a private person. If I am on a long distance call talking about bombs, I would like the FBI to come visit. Please.
- Drug use. We need to seal our borders. Seal. Like tupperware. Prohibition didn’t work with alcohol, isn’t working with drugs. Invest in youth, street programs are cheaper than prison. Big area for churches to get involved.
- Homosexuality. I feel adults can do what they want. Have a ba.. never mind, but when behavior sickens me, don’t say I am a homophobe. I am not afraid, I am grossed out. I don’t care if they marry, marriage in this country is a joke 52% of the time anyway. [ just my opinion, and not just because of divorce]
- Censorship. This is my hardest one. I hate censorship, but Brittany Spears new song about Amy, and two live crew, and gratuitous sex scenes. It is repulsive. I am not against nudity. Nudity can be artistic and beautiful, with out lust, but my eyes are bombarded with dung. Have you tried to see a movie lately? I appreciate the old jurists comment, “Porn, you know it when you see it.” Again you can not legislate morality.
I don’t think Christians can tell everybody what to do. I also think Christians owe it to the culture they live in to be salt.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Thus says the Savior
- What does salt do? My favorite pastor Tom Harmon teaches this about salt: Heals, ask any dentist Preserves, saves from spoiling and rot Melts ice, the world is a cold place Provides Flavor , imagine the country with no Christians! Tasteless!
So I am going to stay salty. I’m not ready to give up this war, I do not want to legislate Christianity, but if we do not add the salt to this country it will fester and rot, freeze over its heart , and have no taste. Maybe that is what this is all about, are we going to have a tasteless country?
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