I am not quite sure how to put this, but I am wondering if Christian attempts to formulate ethics applicable to the whole of society don’t have a wee bit too much of a Christendom aroma about them.
For example, one of the common objections to Christian pacifism is the question, “What if everyone did this?” Well, they’re not. 100% conversion of society to Christianity has only ever been achieved by violence. QED
Or take the issue of homosexual marriage, would it really be the end of civilisation as we know it if homosexual marriage was legalised? It seems to me that the more critical issue is this: would churches be forced to do it by the state?
In my own situation I constantly mix with people with very different values, with very different ethics. I don’t feel threatened by that. What I do feel is important though is to teach my kids to differentiate, to understand that we think and act differently when it comes to some issues, like what movies they can see at age 6. I have to say, well those are their values but these are ours.
In other words, I only expect Christian ethics to be held by Christians. Conversely, I expect non-Christians to have non-Christian ethics.
Have you ever run into a situation where someone confused your suggestion that they were not really Christian with a suggestion that they were not really ethical? I have and I find it very problematic and a huge barrier to the gospel. Being a good citizen and being a good Christian should not be equated too lightly. Similarly, popular ethics and Christian ethics should not be equated too lightly.