Politics is downstream of culture.Andrew Breitbart
This quote is powerful, and so true. Politics, in my mind, is how we as a group of people in society negotiate and agree on how we will live with each other. And culture affects the mindset of people as they think and discuss these important issues. As a conservative American Christian, my faith is the filter through which I see and interpret life. Though there may be many fellow believers who think different, I believe that culture can be influenced by the Truth of the good news of Jesus. It may be a fool’s errand, but I think it’s a battle worth waging.
With the onslaught of postmodernism, our current culture has gone haywire. Truth is now twisted and redefined, and American culture is now more oppressive and totalitarian in many subtle but noticeable ways.
I am in the camp that believes that the United States of America is a good country. Despite the faults of the people that are American, the VALUES of America are admirable, and I believe worthy of sustaining and passing on to future generations. And this is not just to pass on to future generations of Americans, but to all those who are American in spirit that may be citizens of other countries.
What are American Values – Here’s a good site that talks about what American values are. This is a good start, and I suggest reading and processing to think how closely you identify with these, and whether they can be improved upon.
Church and State
My personal belief, as an conservative American Christian, is that Christians of all backgrounds should leave faith out of the mechanisms of politics. As a country, we are unique in that we get to vote in policies that we believe are right. The challenge is: where do we draw the line between pushing for policies that line up with our faith versus policies that benefit the whole of society. I can say that I believe Christian values ARE good for society, and I do. But, there are many of my fellow citizens who don’t believe as I do. Is it right for us to advocate policies that line up both spiritually and politically, but to others it may be seen only as spiritual values being imposed on them in the political realm?
This is where I believe the the Moral Majority’s involvement in right wing politics has been damaging to our Christian witness. It’s history now and can’t be changed, but the more we make a distinction between Christian values and a political party, the sooner we can have integrity in our witness. As an example? I believe that God doesn’t condone gay marriage. That’s my personal belief, which does translate into voting against gay marriage. But, the vote was cast and it’s now accepted in society. I accept that, and I accept and don’t see gays as any different from before gay marriage was legalized. My own solution to the gay marriage debate was this: let them get married, but let them call it something else. Why? Because I believe that marriage as defined is the union of one man and one woman. Definitionally and also biblically, I didn’t support gay marriage. But if they came up with something, oh I don’t know, like gay unions or something, then as a Christian living in a secular society, I would’ve voted for that. But by putting the adjective “gay” in front of marriage, the word “marriage” is now meaningless. It’s like as if you called a square a four sided circle, or a motorcycle a two-wheeled car. Why do that?
That’s from a conservative viewpoint of separating faith and politics. And, I think that Christians on the left need to divorce themselves from politics as well. But, they won’t because Christian leftism is almost synonymous with political activism. They rail against conservative Christianity in politics, all the while not realizing Christian leftism is almost 100% all political. More on that later.
Men & Women
Interesting read from a woman in the wild who’s practically in enemy territory on the issue of wokeness and militant feminism. I’ve also reposted here, in case the article ever gets censored. Not a bad practice, in our unforgiving times.
As a conservative Christian who sees the divide between the spiritual and secular, the Christian left has been a particular group that I find disheartening. Their social gospel history and overwhelming political perspective colors all they do, and even supersedes their call to the Gospel.