I participated in two discussions in the past few weeks that have me concerned. The first was a discussion with the members of the Advisory Council that works with the Center for Ethics that I am involved with at Taylor University. We were discussing how we as Christians should live in a society that is rejecting Christian moral values more and more. One member of the group is a recent graduate who is now in graduate school, but most of us were old enough to be parents or possibly grandparents of current college students. We focused on how we could stay true to our moral convictions and communicate them to our society while showing love, grace and kindness to those with whom we disagree.
The second discussion was with about a dozen students, another professor, and myself. In light of the current presidential candidate dates, we were talking about how our moral convictions and those of candidates for political office should influence how we vote. Several students expressed the thought that disagreeing with a candidate on a significant moral issue would not be a reason to choose not to vote for that candidate. Some were saying that there are many issues and we need to decide how to balance those issues since it is rare that we can find a candidate who agrees with us on every issue. But that was not what the students whose thoughts concerned me the most were saying. They were saying that the fundamental Christian value is love and that it would be unloving to say that someone else’s moral convictions were wrong.
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