Can't We All Just Get Along?
Well, quite frankly, we can't all get along and though that might sound a bit harsh, it really couldn't be any other way.
In political parlance, partisanship is usually used as a pejorative and those who use it that way are said to be non-partisan--as if to suggest they are above, or morally superior to anyone who is partisan.
By definition, a partisan is one who abides by or is emotionally attached to a set of beliefs by which he lives and is not likely to change.
The non-partisan, on the other hand, prides himself on his willingness to compromise.
The "can't we all get along" idea is much like the "co-exist" bumper sticker spelled out with the symbols of the world's religions. Co-existing isn't a problem; that is until someone or some other religion or government says our beliefs aren't acceptable unless we change and adapt to the beliefs of others. That's when things get problematic and that's why we all can't get along.
We're dawning on an era where Christianity is becoming unacceptable to many as our culture spirals downward and becomes more antithetical to God. What was once considered good is now considered bad. Morality has been replaced with depravity. Isaiah warned of a time such as ours in Isa 5:20:
There's good and evil in this world and our problems arise (personally and nationally) when we compromise with evil. When it comes to evil, we can't afford to compromise.
The more decadent our society becomes, the more difficult it may become for dedicated Christians which is very odd when you think about it. Most Christians are quite tolerant and unobtrusive in how they treat others. Wouldn't most people want to be around those who kept the Golden Rule? Maybe not. The mere presence of a moral person can inflict guilt on someone who's not moral and when that happens, it's the moral person who causes offense, even when they're silent on the matter.
It hasn't been that long since the idea of Christian persecution, especially in English speaking countries, was unthought of. These days it's becoming clear that a persecution is on the way and may have even begun. We shouldn't be surprised really. Jesus plainly told us in Mark 13:12-13 that His followers would be hated and some would even be killed because of what we believe.
It goes back to calling good evil and vice-versa.
Regardless of what some may think about Christians, we always have the opportunity and responsibility to live the life God and Jesus intended so we'll be a shining light and sterling example to everyone with whom we come in contact...whether they like us or not.
Posted by Rich Glasgow