When we vote, we each vote for our own reasons. However, to create a functioning society, we must have shared values. Why is that the case? Consider what a society does. Doesn’t a healthy society:
- Create order so that people can work together in harmony?
- Provide an environment safe for child rearing?
- Enable its members to create, enjoy, protect, and transmit a healthy culture?
Commonsense would suggest the answer to each of these questions is yes. Yet why are shared values necessary?
- How do we distinguish order from disorder? Don’t we all have to share a similar notion of the purpose of our society? Otherwise, how will we define the rights and the responsibility of the members of our society? Are those our rights God-given and inalienable, or does government define people’s rights. Are we each responsible for our own behavior? If not, who is? Are we responsible for our own behavior and self-directed, or does someone need to be in charge of each of us?
- Who is responsible for child rearing? Doesn’t someone have to have authority over each child and be responsible for each child’s upbringing?
- What distinguishes good from bad? As each generation of children grows and reaches maturity, what do we teach these children? Who is responsible for what they learn and how well they learn?
We have a Christian heritage. Christian teaching has defined our nation’s shared values for generations. Now that heritage is being threaten, and what is being offered as a replacement? Nothing. We are replacing Christianity with the empty void that is multiculturalism, the teaching that all Truths are equally valid. That is why people such as Ryan Anderson must testify in defense of something that our forebears once took for granted. The fundamental building block of our society is a man and a woman joined in holy matrimony.