Speaking Up to Change the Culture.
The majority of Americans were once taught to be nice and fair. The Left – as opposed to classic liberals and classic conservatives - has been taught to be sneaky, using force, deception and slander.
So it’s easier for small groups of leftists to take over larger groups of conservatives and liberals, because the latter are hesitant to roll up their sleeves and fight. The Left uses fear and mob rule. Leftists use underhanded tactics that many Americans are hesitant to use. That is true socially, politically, and in religious circles.
A Cultural Civil War
John Davidson writes in his article, We’re In A Cultural Civil War. It’s Time For Conservatives To Fight Back, “If you think what’s happening in America right now is crazy, you’re not alone. It’s true that something’s changed, that we’re in the middle of a crisis, that a cultural civil war is underway and escalating. But it’s not true that this is a majoritarian movement. It’s not true that America fundamentally changed overnight.”
Leftists infiltrated many of our American universities decades ago. They systematically indoctrinated our culture with deadly ideologies: the jettison of absolute truth, the “don’t offend anyone” narrative, the “every idea is equally valid” falsity, and the “America is fundamentally flawed and racist” and is not great atrocities. And the Left uses labeling, fear and punishment to scare people into silence.
Jesus Christ described people like John the Baptizer who grow the kingdom of God as marked by their strength and forcefulness (Matthew 11:12).
Christians have often thought we have to be the “nice guy” instead of the forceful one. The modern era includes the fallacy that the church and pastors should stay out of and stay silent about politics and the public square. One result of such a stance is the church's weak influence on society. While secularists and godless men and women worked feverishly to reshape our nation (after their own lusts and idols), the church often claimed that politics was not their business. Instead, they should only care about saving souls.
Such a stance does not reflect a biblical worldview. The first task God assigned His people in Genesis 1 and 2 is known as The Cultural Mandate – creating and building culture that honors God, reflects Him, and helps people. Unfortunately, the past one hundred years the church in America often ignored that call.
Lawyer and talk show host Dennis Prager calls our modern battle America’s Second Civil War. He writes that in the Second Civil war, “one side has been doing nearly all the fighting. That is how it has been able to take over schools — from elementary schools, to high schools, to universities — and indoctrinate America’s young people; how it has taken over nearly all the news media; and how it has taken over entertainment media. The conservative side has lost on every one of these fronts because it has rarely fought back with anything near the ferocity with which the left fights.”
Lawyer turned evangelist Charles Finney wrote in the 1800’s, “The Church must take right ground in regards to politics . . . The time has come for Christians to . . . take consistent ground in politics or the Lord will curse them . . . . God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of a religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to their country as a part of their duty to God . . . God will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.”
Davidson writes, “It’s long past time to fight back. That won’t be easy, in part because the radicals are largely in control of messaging. . . .They also more or less control the Democratic Party and much of the petty bureaucracy, including public schools.”
Respect for law and order, for policemen, for the Constitution, for God, for healthy sexuality, for the innocence of children, for the Bible, for people of different races, for the sanctity of human life, and for the people of America is constantly challenged.
This country became great because of its Judeo-Christian values, and it will become great again as we protect the freedom to nurture those values. The progressive Left continues to show, in part through the radically bad decisions of the Joe Biden disaster. As Newt Gingrich writes, “America’s safety and survival are at stake. The current White House team is utterly incapable of managing this many simultaneous challenges.”
We live in a day where the church must speak truth into the culture. Christians must communicate into the national and political processes. Believers must not be silent. We must speak – and act.
Dr. Rhett Wilson, Sr., is a freelance writer, editor, ghostwriter, copywriter, and pastor. He and his family live in Lancaster, South Carolina. Check out his site at rhettwilson.org.