Where do your morals come from — your family? Your faith? Your philosophical worldview? How do you deal with those who don’t share them, or derive them from a different source?
I am a Christian. I’m stating this right upfront for a few reasons. First, I believe that I have nothing to be ashamed of in that. Second, if the fact that I’m a follower of the one true God offends you, then you may as well know who I am now. You are excused; have a lovely day. Third, I am a Christian before I am anything else. To ask a serious Christian – a Christian who actually has an active relationship with God and a strong connection to a local church – whether their morals come from their family, their faith of their worldview is misguided, because their (spiritual) family, their faith and their worldview are all tied up in God.
As you might imagine, as a Christian I cop a lot of criticism from people (some who are smart; some who think they’re smart but aren’t) about what they think Christianity represents. Sometimes they’re misguided, but unfortunately sometimes they’re spot on. People and organisations have done awful things to others in the name of Jesus. You can only tell somebody so many times that people aren’t perfect and God is great even though His earthly “representatives” are often dimwitted jerks. But at the end of the day, frankly, people who don’t follow God have beliefs about certain issues – and one that I will name publicly without fear about whatever you may say is abortion – that are dead wrong. But whether I disagree with somebody on one point, or whether I think they are bumbling buffoons who need some serious etiquette lessons, I think the Bible is clear on two things:
1) God loves everybody
2) therefore I should show as much love as I can to everybody else.
I don’t think that means I need to go about giving everybody kisses and cuddles. I think it does mean that I need to respectfully listen to people’s views and try to see where they’re coming from (among other things).