The Us-Versus-Them Culture

In the wake of the El Paso and Dayton mass murders, I have to ask myself, what is causing people to think that mass murder is the right thing to do?  Why are radicals on both ends of the spectrum and people with certain social disorders being emboldened to actually act on their impulses and ideologies?

I think, in part, it’s because we have created a dangerous culture of us-against-them.

Every problem we face is being framed by the media and both political parties as being us against them.

  • Whites against minorities
  • The poor against the rich
  • Republicans against Democrats
  • Immigrants against citizens
  • The NRA against gun control supporters
  • Pro-life against pro-choice
  • Men against women
  • Millennials against Baby Boomers
  • Christians against Muslims
  • Environmentalists against corporations

In every case, one side of the debate demonizes the other side, and attacks anyone who even questions the validity of their cause.

This culture of us-against-them is emboldening the radicals and those with certain social disorders to act on their impulses, rather than suppressing them. This mentality is being pushed by both the right and the left, and it’s tearing our country to pieces.

We have always had differences.  In the past, however, we have been able to discuss our differences civilly.  We had tolerance.  We could rationally consider others’ viewpoints, and could agree to disagree and move on.  This is no longer the case.  Our culture has adopted the mentality that “we” must prevail against “them” at all costs.  This dangerous change in attitudes is what’s inciting the fringe radicals and people with social disorders to feel justified in planning and carrying out mass murders.

Until we stop pushing the us-against-them mindset, the violence will continue.  It’s not just the politicians, media, and entertainers that need to change; ordinary people on social media are just as much to blame, if not more.

Let’s change the us-against-them culture, before it destroys us.  Let’s stop blaming each other.  We will never agree on everything, but let’s work to have civil discourse and agree to disagree.

Living In Evil Times

We live in evil times, and it’s getting worse.

Evil people are taking the lives of strangers because they’re different.

Evil politicians from both political parties are pushing division and hatred of the other party.

Evil “entertainers” are promoting violence, hatred, and rebellion against God.

Evil people of every skin color are pushing distrust and hatred of people of other “races.”

We embrace the “right” of a mother to murder her unborn child, and then we wonder why someone thinks it’s OK to murder men, women, and children on the streets of Dayton or in a Walmart in El Paso.

We’re only tolerant of those who agree with us, and we hate those who don’t.

It’s not a gun issue, or an immigration issue.  It’s a hate issue.  And it’s an issue of evil.

We’ve believed the lie that it’s OK to hate others because they look different, think different, have different politics, come from a different place, or have different beliefs.

Why have we embraced this evil lie?  Because we’ve been deceived by the father of lies, Satan.

We’ve been deceived into believing Satan doesn’t exist.  Satan has deceived us into believing that God doesn’t exist, or, if He does exist, He’s irrelevant.  He’s deceived even most in the Church into believing the lie that the Bible’s teaching is irrelevant (except when convenient), the lie that God doesn’t truly love us, and the lie that goodness comes from our hearts, not from obedience to Jesus Christ.

Our culture hates, because we are sinners who have rejected Jesus Christ, and have replaced Him with the evil lie that we can do whatever we choose.

We live in evil times, and the culture will continue to become even more evil, unless we repent and turn to Jesus Christ, and follow Him.

I pray we do, but I’m not holding my breath.