After 250 years of fighting relentlessly for the common good, for the idea that there is indeed goodness and truth, we have abandoned that struggle and chosen instead to just tolerate each other. Of fear of the tension that comes with diversity has crushed us, sent us into hiding. As a result, our faith is privatized, and we are afraid to bring it to bear in the world.
In this we can learn a lesson from our jr. high kids. It’s refreshing how willing young people are to offend someone with a blunt question. Now, is there often a lack of prudence, and even at times plainly inappropriate? Yes, but there is something raw and good there, we must risk offending people in the pursuit of the truth, and we also must be willing to be offended! Political correctness has robbed us of this courage.