Respectful ambivalence

Wisdomforlife

Over the past couple of decades, I’ve observed some significant changes in the way young people think on moral, political and religious subjects.

The general approach could be described as respectful ambivalence. Many consider it virtuous to remain agnostic about issues considered too controversial. It’s the polite alternative to the dreaded possibility of being judgmental.

Some of this came to my attention when I spoke to a large group of university students on a Christian view of sexuality. I was a guest member of a panel hosted by the philosophy department at Franklin and Marshal College (PA). The theme of the night was “God, Government and Gays,” and the panel was weighted with professors who favored gay marriage.

During two hours of questions, the most respectful members of the audience were the university students. They expressed sincere interest in knowing why I choose to follow the Christian Scriptures and…

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