Rather, I care about your immortal soul.
In this day and age, what’s the primary retort thrown at Christians by the pagans? “Don’t force your worldview on me. Let people be free to do as they feel.”
Let’s examine that.
This assumes that all we (Christians) care about is imposing the way we feel about certain issues (murder, adultery, theft, idolatry, etc.) onto other people. They have feelings too, why are we allowed to express ours but they aren’t? That’s kinda mean. Well, it would be kinda mean…if it was about feelings at all.
Christianity is not about feelings. If it’s about feelings, then, sure, who am I to say a man cannot love a man? I don’t like it, but it’s not my body/soul. If that’s how you feel, you should be free to pursue it, right?
Unfortunately, many Christians have fallen into the trap of thinking that worship of the true God is primarily about feelings. This gives rise to the pitfalls of emotionalism, pietism, and all the candy-hearts precious moments “isms” that plague American Christianity in particular. Salvation comes through how you feel about God, not through any objective measure of a covenantal relationship. All too often, we define that relationship in terms of feelings. Feelings, or emotions, may be influenced by that relationship, but they do not constitute it. True love is never defined by feelings. True love sacrifices itself even when neither party is feeling particularly loving at the moment. If love (or any relationship) is supposed to be defined by how each person feels at any given moment, it’s no wonder marriage is losing its covenantal significance (and losing ground in the War on Marriage).
Rather, Christians ought to realize that we don’t come to God to feel good. We don’t believe His Word because it makes us warm inside. We believe it because, well, it’s the Truth. Objectively. No ifs, ands, or buts. We didn’t decide that’s the Truth. We don’t get to erase the parts that scare us or convict us. There may be parts that we don’t even like. But the way we feel about it changes nothing about the fact that it’s true. In fact, the Word of God is Truth itself. Its objectivity doesn’t change just because you think some parts of it are wrong (sorry, God, my way is better).
Now, do we disagree with exactly what that Truth states? Of course. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and it is the glory of Kings to search out a matter. Life isn’t easy. And we will disagree. But if we don’t agree that there is one Truth, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us All, that we believe, die for, and strive towards, then we’ll get nowhere.
What use is it to discuss in long debates the implications and nature of the immanence of Christ, if all that really matters is “feeling” like your relationship is ok? Why do you think the early Christians debated long and hard to uncover the nature of the Trinity, or the significance of the Eucharist, if it didn’t matter? It does matter. Because when you belong to the people of Truth, it’s important to know exactly what that Truth is. If the nature of Truth is not objective, then Christianity is just an often violent ideology.
You think you have a good relationship with God because you mostly do good things and you “feel” a connection? Lemme ask something. When was the last time you confessed your sins and were absolved? When was the last time you renewed covenant with God and his People through the breaking of bread and drinking of wine? Have you been baptized? A legal document doesn’t care how you feel about the contract.
The atheists cry foul and say we have no right to force our feelings onto other people. If that’s all Christianity is, a set of feelings/values, then I say they are perfectly right to say so. But if Christians are the people of God who know the Truth, we have every right to denounce Evil. Not only do we have a right, we have a duty to do so.
If Christianity is just about you and your feelings, then it doesn’t matter in the long run.
But it’s more than that. It’s a mending of the sundered covenant between God and Men. And the objectivity of that covenant, of Truth, will not and cannot change because of how you feel about it.