It's Not Easy Being Me. Thankfully.
"The world is under threat of drastic and harmful change because of manmade global warming."
"The Iraq war is too costly, and was political to begin with, and we should pull out."
"Evolution is a fact because the evidence overwhelmingly supports that claim."
The preceding statements are three of the easiest statements you can make. Any fool can make them, and there is a lot of public sentiment to back you up. In other words, it's really easy to stand with a crowd.
These statements stand largely contrary to who I am as a Christian, as a conservative and as an American.
I got to thinking about this yesterday evening while reflecting on a conversation I had with a classmate. We were exchanging ideas about what our next speech would be on. This speech is designated as "informative." I related that I had considered doing a speech on global warming, and she said she had also thought of that. I asked what tack (perspective) she would take on the subject (as if I really needed to know). She said essentially, that we're ruining the planet. I explained that I would have gone the exact opposite, which somewhat surprised her.
When she said she would take the "doomage" position, I should have exclaimed (in a polite yet semi-scornful manner) "how boringly easy!"
Right now, between pressures of "authoritative sources" like Al Gore and "scientific consensus" trumpeted in the media, it's really easy to believe global warming is happening, and we are the cause. There are a great many reasons why that is not the case, and I'm not here to offer a scientific refutation to theories of harmful anthropogenic climate change. I'm saying, any idiot can say "yer killin' the globe, man" and have a hundred white-coats and two hundred news anchors silently nodding their agreement. Nothing could be easier for me than to join in the throng of environmentalists.
I recall Christopher Hitchens appearing as a guest on a show somewhere, and the crowd was very clearly against him. Someone made a joke about President Bush's intellect, and something about weapons of mass destruction. Hitchens pointedly responded that any stupid fool could make these jokes, and many stupid fools do. The crowd didn't like that, but how true is it? Public sentiment is against President Bush, and against the war in Iraq, thanks to a tireless stream of 24/7 negativity on the part of mainstream media, and little to no rebuttal, response or refutation from the White House. Anyone and everyone, from Jay Leno on down, can throw George W. Bush's name in place of "dumb blond" and think they're guaranteed a laugh. They've lost sight of a higher calling and a true mission to rescue the captive and give aid to the downtrodden. (While protecting our own butts too.)
The "consensus" among scientists and other "authorities" is that evolution is true, and we came from monkeys. Evolution has been part of our culture for decades. There was an episode of "Leave it to Beaver" I once saw where big brother Wally was helpfully explaining evolution to the Beav. Nothing could be easier than for me to delve into piles of interpretation, belief and conjecture and emerge with fistfulls of arguments to debunk creationism.
Nothing could be easier than for me to join in the "everybody's doing it" crowd of sexually active singles. Sex is everywhere in the culture today. I can't even look up the lyrics of a Christian song without advertisements splashing across the screen showing females in various stages of undress. Supermarket tabloids and "How-To" magazines offer to give you the dirty rundown of the latest lurid Hollywood scandals, or techniques on ways to drive your man crazy for you. Commercials for weight loss or get-rich-quick schemes flaunt bikini-clad women all the time. (The message: If you join our program, this woman can be YOURS!) Letting go of the shore and going with the social current would be just about the easiest thing to do.
The new film Amazing Grace tells the story of William Wilberforce and how he took on the juggernaut of the slave trade in England. His friend William Pitt tells him "The slave trade has 300 MPs [members of Parliament?] in its pocket. It would be just you against them. But you could do it."
Wilberforce consults John Newton on the subject, and Newton says that it won't be easy, but "Do it. Take them on. Blow their dirty, filthy ships out of the water. ... Do it, for God's sake."
Easy is for suckers, people. Easy is for wimps. It takes guts and a backbone to stand on principle, all by yourself if necessary. People choose to be skeptical of global warming not because it's easy, but because they believe it's true. I support the war in Iraq because protecting American lives is the right thing to do. It's not easy, but it's right. I'm not a creationist because that's easy and comfortable. I've been called everything in the book by evolutionist "professionals" who gnash their teeth and growl "How dare you defy us!" at me. Being a creationist is not an easy thing to be. I'm not whining about how hard it is; this is not about me. It's about how RIGHT is usually hard, something which you probably already know.
Believing in God isn't always easy. Wrestling icon and politician Jesse Ventura earned the admiration of atheists when he said that religion is a crutch for weak-minded people. Ventura and the Atheists (good rock band name!) never picked up a copy of Fox's Book of Martyrs to find out who these weak-minded people were. Jesus promised His followers a life of tribulation, hatred and persecution in John 15 and 16. Christianity is the only religion where you don't try to earn your way out of sin, and when it comes right down to it, that's not an easy thing to accept.
A person living for God, or a political conservative (preferably both, but it's not mutually exclusive) is not often an easy place to be.
Being who I am, believing what I believe, is not easy.
I wouldn't have it any other way.