Can’t we all just get along?

Not if you have to abandon your faith to do so.

It’s been a common complaint that supposedly Catholic universities are not nearly as Catholic as once they were. And that political correctness now reigns, in the form of “I’m OK, you’re OK” religious “tolerance” that goes so far as to ignore the Christian faith’s bedrock beliefs of exclusivity.

In this regard, the liberal press has two lodestars: firstly, that no religion may have an exclusive claim to the truth. Secondly, that Islam should have a privileged place in America. That is, there shall never be anything that inconveniences a Muslim from his prayers or other requirements of his faith, and that never shall be heard a discouraging word about embarrassing things such as Islamic terrorism or the absolute intolerance, including murder and mayhem, against Jews and Christians in Muslim lands.

A case in point was a style-type article in the news section of the ever-so-politically correct Washington Post. “Enrollment of Muslim students is growing at Catholic colleges in U.S.” extols the headline, and the article is a paean to the increasing numbers of Muslim students at schools such as Georgetown and Catholic University.

These formerly Catholic schools’ faculty and administrators would never, ever, be so rude as to even suggest that, according to our Scripture, Muslims are bound for hellfire. As are all others who don’t accept Christ as Lord and Savior. Now, as they say, your mileage may vary, and you may believe as you wish. And we must certainly allow that we Christians may be wrong, and acknowledge that we may not coerce or force others to come to Christ. He, the Lord, will take care of that, if we but, as it says in Scripture, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” (Mark 1:3).

But we should never, ever, deny Christ as Lord and Savior. And the moment we engage in that squishy ecumenical approach, and treat all faiths as essentially the same, is the moment we deny Christ. Further, in this world, our task is to bring others to Christ. Not meet them halfway. There is no “halfway.” There is Christ, or there is hellfire.

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