The evangelical world has been in a bit of an uproar the past couple weeks ever since Joshua Harris, author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye, announced he is walking away from the Christian faith. Conversations were already sparked in previous years when he publicly denounced his best-selling book, one in which he gave high praise for what has been popularly dubbed as “purity culture.”
In both philosophy and religion, one subject consistently addressed is the matter of whether the human race is inherently good or inherently wicked. While major religions have formed immutable convictions on the issue, our personal convictions often wax and wane in direct correlation with whether we are speaking of our enemies or our allies. Regardless of religious belief, it seems our human propensity is to demonize our opponents while idolizing those with whom we agree.
Especially in our polarized culture, we often live as though our enemies can do no right while our allies can do wrong.