Actually you have identified the area that Christians are going to be struggling with for several years. Since America for 200+ years has predominantly been a country of Christians, we haven't had to face the issue of how to deal with those who didn't believe as we did.
Part of the reason was that they also didn't push their issues. That also made it easier.
However, America is no longer a Christian nation and will likely not be. We also have a more diverse population than in the past. So it is harder to ignore the feelings and beliefs of others.
Yes, my faith as a Christian should guide my life. However, I strongly believe that no one should be forced to live as a Christian. It is a choice that they must either make or reject.
As a Republic, it is imperative that we respect the views of others. Paul required us to honor and obey the authority God placed over us. This was said of an authority that persecuted Christians. So surely when civil laws are put in place that do not reflect Christian values we must be prepared to respect those laws EVEN if we disagree with them.
Within the next decade America will have civil marriage of homosexuals. Christians may disagree with that, as I do, but we also must respect the law.
The biggest struggle Christians will have is how to remain true to our own teaching while respecting the rights of others as established by law.
This isn't easy and it is a struggle. I have no desire sister to keep you from a loving relationship. Yet, my scripture tells me that is wrong. How do I deal with that which is wrong by my belief while I still respect your rights and values?
It isn't going to be easy and it is going to mean learning tolerance within breaking our own beliefs. It isn't going to be easy and it isn't going to be comfortable. However, with God's help we will find the way.
I respect Christians like my sister, Miss Zero, who don't share that struggle. Maybe I will need to learn from my Hebrew brothers and sisters who have for many years learned to live in countries that don't share all their values.
It is the right thing to do and with God's help I will find the strength to remain faithful to my beliefs without forcing those beliefs upon others.
· 1 decade ago