Ray Rooney, Jr.: No, We Can’t All Just Get Along
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 7:39 AM

As a Christian the question is not “can I learn to live with it” but “am I compelled by God to accept it?”  One thing life has taught me is that humanity can learn to live with almost anything.  As a species we’ve found that we can live with all kinds of disaster, man’s inhumanity to man, and even our own guilty consciences.  God made the human race pretty tough.  We have learned to live with the harshest environments in nature (blizzards, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes, pandemics such as the bubonic plague, flu, and AIDS).  We’ve learned to live with cruelty on massive scales (slavery, genocide, political tyranny).  And we’ve learned to live with the ever present alarmists who swear the world will end soon (due to nuclear annihilation, overpopulation, global freezing, global warming, saturated fats, the wrath of Satan, the wrath of God, or an asteroid strike).  Despite all of history’s Chicken Littles scaring everyone with dire predictions of gloom and doom…here we all still are.  We can learn to live with it no matter what “it” may be.

However, when you get past survival mode you have to ask the question “Should I live with it?”  Especially when it comes to morals and values.  I can survive in a society that legislates the right to kill the unborn…but should I accept it?  Militant homosexual activists are succeeding in culturally legitimizing sexual perversion.  Should I just shrug my shoulders and accept the inevitable (that homosexual rights are considered on par with those truths the Founding Fathers deemed to be “self-evident” because they are endowed by our Creator)?  Under the current Administration the government is telling me I have to buy health insurance, I shouldn’t have the right to protect myself and my family with a firearm, and I am going to have to accept the fact that the millions of people who illegally entered this country are not only going to stay but the taxpayer is going to foot the bill for everything they need and most of what they want.  Just get used to it?

Sorry, but the same faith that sustains me when it comes to survival also compels me to shake off the apathy and fight against the moral decay and cultural rot which threatens my soul.  My Christian faith may not be embraced by enough lawmakers in this country to overturn Roe v. Wade or stop the attack on the family by homosexual activists but neither will it permit me to sigh fatalistically and say “Whatever.”  Corruption in government may be so pervasive that hoping for a return to the belief in American exceptionalism and patriotism may be a pipe dream but my Christian faith won’t let me say “Que Sera, Sera…Whatever will be will be.” 

I am not fooled by those who try to use the Bible against me by saying “Judge not!”  There is a big difference between dispensing condemnation and standing up for what you believe in.  I believe in God the Father Almighty.  And in Jesus Christ His only Son.  I believe in life, the family, and freedom.  As a Christian I may have to live in a society where hostility to Christianity has become normative.  I may have to live where abortion is the law, gay marriage is deemed a right, and government corruption is ignored.  But I do not have to, nor will I ever embrace or accept it.  Silence is tacit approval and I owe it to my God, my family, myself, and my country to make sure no one looks at me and says, “he must be okay with it.”  I’m not.  And I won’t keep it to myself just to keep from being a problem to others.  The words of Exodus 23:2 remain true to this day: “Do not follow the majority when they do wrong or when they give testimony that perverts justice” (GNT).


Ray Rooney, Jr.