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How to win the culture war
Posted By Janet Porter On 04/15/2008 @ 12:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
Here’s the conservative strategy to date: React, respond and defend against all the attacks on our beliefs, our values and our freedoms.
In the battle to protect marriage, for example, we pour everything we have into passing a marriage amendment – gathering signatures, overcoming the lies and turning out the vote. Yet, at the end of the day when we “win,” all we get to do is keep what we already had. Hurray.
Now contrast that with the pro-active (and dangerous) demands of the homosexual movement distributed at their “Gay Pride” march in Washington, D.C., April 25, 1993:
Do any of these sound familiar? Just get out your pencil and check off the list beginning with No. 1: Sodomy laws repealed in the Supreme Court Lawrence v. Texas decision June 26, 2003. Another way to say “Forbid religious-based concerns regarding homosexuality from being expressed” is to Criminalize Christianity.And they are closer to this goal than you know.
Now I want you to do a paradigm shift and step out of the way we’ve operated for the last four decades and think about something new. Think about winning. What does winning the cultural war look like?
I think it would look something like Genesis 1:26: “Let them have dominion over … all the earth. …”
First, we must regain control of the public debate and the battlefronts, including:
When Google controls the search engines, they can screen out Christians like they just did in the UK. Not to mention the music world. Rather than influencing that arena, we have become just another subculture: Christian music (for when you’re tired of rock, top 40, jazz or classical.) Suffice it to say that we need to be living out our beliefs in EVERY segment of our culture. This is just a list from which to start.
In addition, to win, three things must change:
First, we must work together.
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.” – Luke 11:17
Many overextended, under-funded, battle-weary troops are trying to fight every battle on all sides – independent of each other. But as large or as good as each group may be, it simply cannot be all things to all people and lead the charge in every battle. While parallel organizations are aimed at a similar “general” goal of stopping abortion or protecting the family, for example, there is no overall battle plan to get there.
Our isolated, “island” approach has also led to our inferiority complex. Each group feels the “weight of the entire battle” because they don’t see the allied troops beside them who, like them, also feel like they are fighting alone.
Second, we must move from defense to offense.
The Lord your God has given you this land to take possession of it. – Deuteronomy 2:18b
In each battle, we pour out all our time, all our energy and all our money just to try and keep what we already had. But in a defensive posture, even when we “win,” we lose. You see, if they set a dozen brushfires, and we put out nine, we still have a net loss of three. When we “win” in defensive mode, we gain nothing.
And third, we must control the debate and use our most powerful weapon.
… And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. … Is not My word like a fire? says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? – Jeremiah 23:28, 29
We have entered the battle with our single most powerful weapon – the sword of the Spirit – at home. They don’t want us to pray in Jesus’ name – because that is where the power is. In the same way, they’ll do all they can to keep us from speaking the word of God. Too often, we comply – debating issues without the most powerful weapon in our arsenal.
We are debating whether we should be “allowed” to pray in public, say the pledge, post the Commandments, wear a cross or a T-shirt. Instead of defending our basic rights in response to their attacks, we need to be initiating and debating what will gain us ground we didn’t previously have.
Imagine for a moment that you had all the resources you needed. What would our demands be?
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