This past week, the Internet was filled with pictures of Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian boy who drowned off the coast of Turkey. He drowned along with his brother and mother. Along with the boys' father, the family was trying to make it to Greece. They were fleeing the ongoing violence in Syria. They were fleeing a civil war.
Meanwhile, on a different war front, the Internet was filled with pictures of protests in Kentucky. A county clerk there had refused a judges orders to stop blocking marriage licenses for same sex couples, and the judge had ordered her jailed for contempt of court. Some people were up in arms claiming that her religious liberties were being violated. Others celebrated her imprisonment with glee, happy to see a judge taking action for her side.
The shouting match at home, otherwise knows as the Culture Wars, seems to never end. It makes me wonder if the participants know that the path they're on is also the path of civil war. It's not imminent. It's not even close. But that is the path, or trajectory, that we put ourselves on every time we clash together in a battle of heated rhetoric. Civil wars always start long before someone fires the first shot.
From zealots who want to deny another group the legal rights due to them, to social liberals who want to force acceptance on everyone, to Black Lives Matter protesters who seem to blame every social ill on cops and white privilege, to All Lives Matter adherents who seem to think hundreds of years of racism disappeared when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed into law, it seems like everyone has a martyr to identify with and a bad guy in mind to take down.
I wonder if any of the Culture War participants will think about that little boy. His picture is the end result of ideological factions that can't seem to get along.
The more our rhetoric at home continues at a fever pitch, the less patience I have for all of the culture war participants.
But I have particularly little patience for the Christian participants in all of this. Aylan Kurdi's death is reminder that horrific things are happening in the world. Innocent people and children are losing their lives. Families are being destroyed. People are starving. And it's gay marriage where Christians are supposedly making their stand?
Just imagine how much of a difference Christians could make in the world if more put just half the energy into helping people that they do standing in the way of a civil procedure.
The popular Christian movement today too often seems like a political movement. Jesus called on us to pursue peace. As a Christian, I'm not interested in being a participant in the war at home.