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.