My morning routine is listening to Albert Mohler’s daily podcast, The Briefing. Those familiar with this podcast can hear Moeller describe the show as “a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview.” Moorer’s episode on Tuesday, August 23 focused on the issue of “culture wars” and how Christians should live in an increasingly secular society. It inspired the thoughts I share in the article.
Two myths float in our political discourse, and both of these myths must end. It’s a myth that you’re trying to impose on the world. This myth is prevalent mostly by non-Christians, and none is more offensive in the postmodern world.This myth is mainly attributed to people like Jerry his Falwell and Falwell’s “moral him.” It seems that it was something that reacted to a movement such as ‘majority’. This myth weighs heavily on Christian people because we know that only God can change hearts, not politicians or laws.
Second, a more recent myth is that conservative Christians who care about politics succumbed to “Christian nationalism,” whatever that means. This myth is propagated by both non-Christians and left-wing Christians. These voices claim that conservative Christians are only concerned with political power and do not follow Jesus. This myth seems to be a response to the evangelicals who overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump, and largely responds to the dismay and bewilderment of progressive liberals and progressive Christians. It ignores the fact that Christians routinely appeal to Christianity for political purposes.
As we move into the midterm elections this fall and speed up for the next presidential election in 2024, I think it’s time to transcend these two childish myths. Conservative Christians should not be intimidated by accusations of trying to impose their beliefs on others through politics. These myths fall apart when we consider the following reality.
First, everyone has a worldview. You may or may not be aware that you have a worldview. Your worldview may or may not correspond to reality. But everyone has a worldview, a way of thinking about life on Earth.
Second, when Americans vote, they vote to express their worldview—the way they see the world.
Third, this means there is no neutrality regarding worldviews or votes. Christians are not alone in believing in certain things and expressing those beliefs through the political process. Secular people do the same.
Fourth, votes put politicians in office, and politicians create laws, policies, and decisions. All parts of the law, of course, impose some worldview, some values, some deeply held beliefs about the world, and how we should live in it. Again, this applies to left-wing politicians as well as right-wing politicians.
Fifth, the political left has fomented the culture wars through its efforts to push the moral fabric of Western culture toward moral and social revolution.
Sixth, political rights have every right to push back by engaging in the political process. Call it the “culture war.” Call it “Christian Nationalism.” Call me whatever you like. Please understand that conservative Christians did not instigate the culture wars.
Seventh, the common ground once shared by the Right and the Left has all but disappeared as the Left continues to run further and further to the left in the name of ‘progress’. The idea that everyone in the United States is politically neutral is a childish myth, and it’s time to break free from such nonsense.