There was a time not too long ago when I didn’t really focus too much on politics. The status quo was relatively… status quo. There was an untenable war with Iraq at the time, but otherwise the state of the nation was essentially stable.
Shortly after Barack Obama took over in the Oval Office, the status quo started changing dramatically. It was the gay marriage debate and “bake the cake” that made me shift my focus from discussing faith on my old Christian blog to focusing on politics on this and other sites. I saw a challenge to religious freedoms in America as a call for me to put my writing efforts towards informing people of the dangers progressive political ideologies posed to Christians in America.
I was right in my thinking but misguided in my response. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think it was necessarily a mistake to switch my focus, but there’s a growing challenge in America that I and many others are seeing that is adding a new element to my focus on politics. Trying to separate politics, culture, and religion is like trying to focus on one component of spaghetti and meatballs. You can have the best sauce in the world, but if you bomb on the noodles and muff the meatballs, the sauce isn’t going to save it.
That’s where we are today. At least it’s where I’m at today. My focus on the “sauce” of politics has meant sacrificing the other components of my recipe to try to save America. We need to focus o all components of the American recipe equally; if anything, focusing more on faith over politics and culture makes the most sense in these dire times.
Call this a personal article, one intended to remind me of what I seem to have forgotten in recent weeks. When we built this site, we did so with the intention of allowing it to focus on religion and politics simultaneously, with culture as a necessary component within each. But lately I’ve been all-politics. This is my mistake.
I don’t think I’m alone in this, though. Many faithful Americans seem so focused on the tumultuous political battles in America that we’re forgetting there are other areas that deserve as much if not more attention. This is a mistake that I intend to correct.
It may all seem horrible as hatred is rising while dialogue is becoming extinct in political America. But as long as we maintain our faith through it all, the end result is bound to be positive. We may go through tribulation, but our reward is on the other side.
We are currently forming the American Conservative Movement. If you are interested in learning more, we will be sending out information in a few weeks.
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