America is not experiencing age of tolerance
Editor, the Advocate:
I have read with interest the original letter of Pastor John Fischer and then the seemingly endless response letters either accusing him of being a "prophet of hate" or praising him. I offer the following not as a solution but simply an observation of our culture:
This is quoted from an article on the website Biblegateway, which quotes from an article on Plugged In:
"We live (the article argues) in a culture that publicly professes to be non-judgmental (I'm sure you've seen the usually fruitless back-and-forths between Christians condemning some type of inappropriate behavior and others condemning the Christian for judging). But pop-culture society is no better at living up to this standard than Christians are."
We're supposed to be living in a kinder, gentler, less-judgmental time: "My ideals and beliefs aren't better or worse than yours," we're told, "just different."
"Hey, it's great if that thing works for you," we're apt to say, "but don't tell me how to run my life. Don't get up in my business. Don't judge me."
We post demeaning comments on YouTube or Facebook. We call radio shows, lambasting politicians or banks or businesses. We scream about BP's malfeasance, snicker as Lindsay Lohan skulks off to jail and write lengthy diatribes on why Google or Apple or Perez Hilton or McDonald's Happy Meals portend societal devolution. Tolerance? Hardly. We live in an age of outrage and apology, in which each secret and slight is posted on Huffington and mocked on Fark, in which every person who makes the slightest misstep is beaten and kicked for the pleasure of the 24-hour news cycle.
We're all up in each other's business now. We can't seem to help ourselves.
It's hard to deny that our culture, whatever its ideals about non-judgmentalism might be, does plenty of judging.
Homer Berger, Yoakum