Save The Nation Or Save The Church

The American Conservative is one of the leading intellectual publications of the right. It is interesting that on its pages are arguments about what the conservative movement should be doing right now.

The argument centers on whether Christians should use up their ammo and credibility fighting culture wars over abortion and gay rights or use their energies to keep the faith itself strong. A pundit wrote

We are not engaged in a battle to save the nation. We are in a battle to save the church. He went on to explain the nation will live on but without some effort right now it will be one without the church.

The author discusses what I have covered here often, the rapid exodus of young people from the faith. Then he takes off on the religious right’s romance with Donald Trump. Trump, as we know, has little knowledge, interest or experience with religion. The right endorsed him because of the deep involvement with cultural wars.

Endorsing a President who is almost unaware of the faith while young people are ignoring it is a recipe for pushing the faith down into a ravine and out of sight. Practicing the faith, the author says, is more important than fighting cultural wars. He joins those who advocate “The Benedict Option” in wanting to pull back from political battles.

This idealistic notion has one flaw. The money is in the cultural wars. That is where people are employed to talk religion and fight on.

The faith be damned.

 

 

11 Responses

      1. Helped.

        I just finished re-watching Beckett starring Peter O’Toole and Richard Burton. Burton’s performance was splendid. One day he was a deacon. The next day he was a priest. The following day he was the Archbishop of Canterbury; when that office was Roman Catholic. He was made Archbishop by King Henry II. He refused to let Henry II arrest, try and judge the clergy. That was the Church’s jurisdiction. Henry’s response was to have Thomas Beckett murdered during vespers.

        1. Matt 8:54 I just finished re-watching Beckett starring Peter O’Toole and Richard Burton.

          I saw Beckett on Broadway in 1961 starring Lawrence Olivier and Anthony Quinn. Memorable to say the least.

        2. Juan Ruiz

          There is some question as to whether Henry indeed ordered the murder, or his knights took his venting literally.

          1. Matt Noah

            Henry did endure lashings at his own command as repentance for the murder of Thomas Beckett. Whether he believed it was because of his direct order to murder the Archbishop or his loose use of his own words, he felt guilt. There are references indicating as you stated, Juan Ruiz.

  1. elizabeth hudson

    Good points but I don’t think it’s fair that Trump hasn’t even been president for a year and we’re blaming him for our future decisions of young people. He might not be driven by faith, but I think he is driven by freedom and foundational rights of what it means to be an American, which ultimately means allowing the church to have freedom and rights. In the last 8 years, Obama administration and the media have pushed immoral, unethical, and ungodly beliefs down the throats of our country blaming and terrorizing anyone who believes otherwise…that is not freedom. I think the corruption of the past 8 years and media’s influence is more responsible for the leading of our country’s downward spiral than Trump is right now.

    1. elizabeth 3:38 Welcome and thank you for your comment.
      In the last 8 years, Obama administration and the media have pushed immoral, unethical and ungodly beliefs down the throats of our country blaming and terrorizing anyone who believes otherwise..

      Examples please of what was pushed down the throats of people and who and how such people were terrorized.

    2. Jinx II

      Hmmmm, While President Obama was being sworn into to office, Mitch McConnell and other congressional Repubs voiced their goal was to make him a one term president. Where was the fairness in that? Corruption during Obama’s 8 years? Evidence please….and I want confirmed evidence from a reputable source. We are certainly getting real investigative reporting like we used to get years ago…….from the NYTIMES, Washington Post, The LATIMES and other major newspapers. There are scumballs in both parties but I have never seen or know of any other Presidency and Administration as morally and legally corrupt as this one, and that includes US Grant. The world is laughing at Drumpf and wondering what the hell is wrong with us for electing such an unqualified, mentally ill idiot.

    3. entech

      As an observer from a foreign place I do find one huge similarity between my place, yours and much of the rest.
      The people from one side think that their side can do no wrong and the other side can do no right.

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