I recently saw a video clip in which a historian was saying that the present culture war (to use the commonly accepted term, in my view it's a spiritual war) was actually a civil war rooted in Christianity with one side favouring the moral teachings of the 10 Commandments and St Paul, while the other focused on the idea that the first shall be last and the last first, and took the story of God's chosen people being liberated from slavery as a guiding principle. I have to say I found this very unpersuasive. Obviously, there is some truth in it but it does not begin to unearth what is really going on.
Often today people take from Christianity what they want to take and ignore what doesn't fit in with their own ideas. This has always happened to an extent but to say that the culture wars are between different interpretations of Christianity just because their setting is a society that was originally formed by Christianity is idiotic. If the transcendent reality of God is not accepted, if Christ is not accepted, if the primacy of the spiritual over the material is not accepted, then we are not talking about something that has anything to do with Christianity. Christ said, "If you love me, keep my commandments". To bring the Christian message down to a purely secular level, as the left does, is to totally distort it and the result cannot be said to have anything to do with Christ. Of course, there are good grounds for saying that the left only takes anything from Christianity in the first place the better to attack its central message since its aim from the beginning has been destruction. I don't mean this was always the aim of every single left-leaning person. Many have been fired by a desire for justice and social improvement. But the aim of the powers behind the left that have used it as a battering ram at the gates of Western civilisation has always been destructive.
The wonderful thing about real Christianity is that the two absolutes of love and truth are both fully acknowledged and brought into harmony. Attempts to split them apart always lead to the loss of both and that is what has happened in the world. You are left with false truth and unloving love as we have now. The only solution is to restore the unity of these two and this can only be done when we raise them up from a material to a spiritual level but spiritual means spiritual understood spiritually not spiritual understood from a secular perspective which is the perspective of the earthly man and his priorities as an earthly man. That is the great mistake of the modern churches and why (see the last post) they are becoming increasingly redundant.
The culture wars have arisen in an ex-Christian society but that does not mean they are the responsibility of Christianity or some kind of inevitable outcome of Christianity. When you attack something, you must do it from where it is and often you do it by seeking to deform and distort it so that it eventually becomes something other than what it really is, retaining only the name. This is not a Christian civil war but a war on Christianity, and the fact that some of the weapons used are ostensibly Christian just proves the truth of the old adage that the corruption of the best is the worst.