Better to restrain for a time than regret for all time.
The old joke goes like this. A communist says he can put a new suit on that man. Christianity says it can put a new man in that suit.
We have access to more knowledge, experience, history, culture, research, philosophy, political stances, art, and plain old information than ever before in time. Yet we are no better for it. It is past time to admit that information and access have failed to produce better people, as was hoped by the likes of Marcus Aurelius and others. Neither external forces nor accessibility can ever change a person within. Permanent and positive change begins only inside the human being, and that is precisely what Christianity — and no other religion or philosophy or political stance — promises.
Better to gain rightful enemies than wrongful loyalties.
Pick the better opponent. Hard fought and won is the best story — a lesson not learned any other way.