Lots of hot-button issues in the news these days — abortion debates, #LGBTPride month, and much more. Why can we not find common ground with those who disagree with us?
We can’t find common ground because the issues are deeper than just abortion or gay rights. The issue is two widely different worldviews.
One worldview, the Traditional Christian worldview, sees the universe as having been created by God and instilled with objective meaning and reality. Human beings are in His image and have a specific destiny (Heaven) and a specific way to attain that (holiness through union with Christ and living like Him). God has revealed truths about Himself, the universe, human beings and our destiny, through Scripture and passed down through unchanging tradition, since God and human nature does not change. God loves us, but calls us to a life of holiness and self-denial.
The other worldview, the Modern Secular worldview, sees the universe as a random product of evolution. Human beings are a more advanced species but still essentially the same as animals. Their destiny is just to make the world a better place (usually defined as one where there is less suffering). Right and wrong, religion and truth, are nothing but cultural constructs that can be changed because all is subjective. If a modern secular believes in God, then He only exists to make us happy and to love us without judging.
This is the essential basis for the disagreement between both sides of the spectrum (pro-life/pro-choice, pro-LGBT/pro-traditional marriage). That is why the two sides can never and will never find common ground – the issues are so much deeper than just the hot-button topics that we see daily in the newspaper. The rift goes all the way to our different cosmologies.