In part one of this series, we examined the state of the culture today and countering the growing influence of the Socialist Left in Western society. The reality is that there is already a war initiated by the Left against the West, and it must be stopped in a strategic manner.
The importance of battling the Left in the short run, or ‘short game’ is akin to holding the line against a multitude of attacks on multiple fronts in the culture war. It cannot be overstated that conservatives must protect Western society against the imminent dangers of a Leftist takeover.
However, it is perhaps even more vital that conservatives work out a strategy to successfully engage in the ‘long game’ of cultural change. Otherwise, the ‘short game’ victories will be short-lived and the overall war will tilt even more toward a Leftist defeat and a disaster for liberty around the world.
There are three critical battlegrounds where conservatives must make a long-term commitment to defeating the Left. These three fronts are the family, the education system, and the churches.
Fight for the Family
The most important target of the Left in the culture war is the West’s traditional Judeo-Christian family structure. They realize that the two-parent family with children is the fabric of Western society.
Breaking this model apart has been a key goal of the Left wherever they plant their insidious presence. It is at the root of any Socialist effort from the early Soviet Union and moving onto American soil in the early 20th century.
The founding of Planned Parenthood is a prime example of this. It’s founder, Margaret Sanger, was enamored of Socialism, especially the Nazi variety, and hated the traditional family.
From the beginning of the feminist movement’s rise in the 1960s, it’s leaders espoused disdain for the two-parent family, especially if that meant the woman was a stay-at-home mother married to a man. In fact, in less than 20 years, the feminist champions had managed to make marriage almost verbotten for the modern woman and had successfully gotten abortion legalized and rapidly spreading throughout the land.
All of this effort was aimed at supposedly freeing women from the slavery of the family and bearing children. An unexpected result was the liberation of men from responsibility as fathers.
This has devastated the most vulnerable in the family unit, the children. Moreover, it has ironically made women more impoverished and miserable as single mothers forced to care for their children.
All while many men skip out feeling little shame because, after all, that woman could have aborted the child so it is her problem right?!
The Left is just fine with this situation as it hands them the excuses necessary to insist that the government handle the problem. Therefore, they say, we must enact Socialist policies which secure government-funded child care while welfare incentivizes single motherhood by refusing to help as long as a male presence exists in the home.
The traditional family is more than a target, it is an enemy of Socialism. Socialism, when fully formed, can brook no allegiance to anything but the central government planners and their plans.
Loyalty to the party is the overarching theme of Socialist and later Communist nations. Loyalty to one’s family cannot be allowed to compete with the all-powerful state.
Fighting for the traditional Judeo-Christian family model is essential to preserving Western society and perhaps turning it back from the brink of extinction. In the real ‘long game,’ defending and extending true family values throughout society is vital for now and more so for the future.
Take Education Back from the Left
The second front of the ‘long game’ involves an entity which has, unfortunately, been taken from the people and given to the Federal government and the academic Left. That is the battleground of education.
Education in America has seen a particular turn toward favoring all things regarding the Socialist Left. This is true at both the philosophical and structural level.
The philosophy of public education took a radical Leftward turn with the advent of two Supreme Court decisions in the 1960s. Those decisions took the voluntary observance of prayer and Bible reading out of the public school system, and the results have been disastrous.
This philosophical change was followed in less than a decade by an explosion of protests on college campuses all over America that lasted through the early 1970s. People such as Obama confidant and domestic terrorist bomber Bill Ayers were key participants in violent protests against the government during that era.
Bill Ayers is notable not simply for his violent Leftist past, but more so because of what he went on to become within the education establishment at the highest levels of academia.
Ayers went on to eventually become a distinguished professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His teaching centered on issues such as urban childhood education and social justice. He taught there for 20 years, eventually retiring in 2010. He taught untold numbers of undergraduates his conviction that Socialist political power was superior.
Ayers is but one of many who have arisen in academia to create a system where the radical Socialist Left is teaching those who teach our children and have been doing so for decades.
This change to education philosophy has been abetted by the change in structure that took place with the creation of the Federal Department of Education in 1979 under President Jimmy Carter.
How Education became a Cabinet-level office is an example of the Left playing the ‘long game’ in the political realm.
In the period between 1908 and 1975, more than 130 bills were introduced to form a
Department of Education
Control at the highest government level over public education was the Socialist Left’s vision and for 7 decades in Congress and they hammered at the opposition to that goal. Each step along the way the Left gathered and consolidated support from the National Education Association who eventually gave vital help to Jimmy Carter securing victory in 1976.
the NEA released “Needed: A Cabinet Department of Education” in 1975, but its most significant step was to endorse a presidential candidate—Jimmy Carter—for the first time in the history of the organization.
There are already many steps being taken to wrest some of the control of education away from both its philosophical chains and governmental servitude. The emergence and growth of homeschooling, charter schools, and religious education present solid alternatives to public schooling.
However, about 90% of children in America still attend public schools and it will take a concerted effort on all cultural fronts to seize control from the Left there, although abolishing the Department of Education would be a tremendous help in that regard. Fear not, I am not holding my breath waiting for that, although the current Secretary of Education and her boss, President Trump, have at least undertaken to reduce the size of the DOE.
The third essential front of the cultural battleground is needed for any substantial movement from a Leftist-dominated culture and Socialist slavery toward liberty and the continued existence of Western society. This is the battle to return the Christian churches to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Return the Churches to Christ
The state of the modern Christian church can only be called abysmal largely because of two factors. The primary factor is the abandonment of the authority of God’s Word, along with the embrace and spread of Leftist Socialist philosophy as a consequence.
Both factors are evident with even a cursory examination of both Protestant and Catholic divisions of the modern church. Major portions of both have aligned solidly with the Left on a host of cultural and political positions.
On the Catholic side, that is demonstrated by groups such as “Catholics for Choice,” [a pro-abortion and influential dissident group of Catholics] and their ilk, and the overt support for illegal immigration by this pope in particular.
Last December, Pope Francis took the opportunity of the Christmas season to falsely compare illegal immigrants with the birth of Christ in a manger. His ‘tweet’ demonstrated both incorrect Biblical interpretation and adherence to Socialist goals.
Pope Francis used the hashtag #internationalmigrantsday to compare Jesus to the global immigration crisis. He tried to equate Mary and Joseph being unable to find any “room at the inn” as an excuse to peddle open borders.
He objects to a border wall by conflating legal immigrants with illegal aliens, a typical language tactic of the Left. That, and the fact that Jesus’ mother and step-father were not traveling as immigrants, but in obedience to an imperial decree, show the Leftward tilt of Catholicism.
The Protestants, especially those in the so-called ‘mainline churches’ are perhaps even farther down the path of Socialist Leftist indoctrination. A prominent example is the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice [RCRC] that officially includes both ‘Catholics for Choice,’ and a large number of Protestant denominations.
They include the United Methodist Church, the Anglican Communion, which includes the Episcopal Church in America, and the United Church of Christ. In addition, certain leftist strains of Presbyterians, Baptists, [and] Lutherans…
The swerve to the Left taken by the churches is the product of abandoning the inerrancy, and thus the authority of the Scriptures as the Word of God. Inerrancy teaches that the Bible as God inspired it and as it was originally written is totally trustworthy and thus qualifies as the authoritative and final Word from God to humanity.
Therefore, the Christian Church on earth, whatever name they may assign to themselves, has but one legitimate source of teaching God’s requirements for Christ’s people, the Holy Bible. When that is set aside for humanist Leftist causes such as ‘social justice’ instead of biblical doctrine, the result is rampant falsehood leading to destruction.
Leftward church organizations who deny biblical inerrancy reveal that their ultimate loyalty is given to someone or something other than Jesus.
This final piece of what I am calling the ‘long game’ of cultural change is the most important of them all. For, without a healthy Christian presence, the basis of the West’s liberty and prosperity will crumble into Socialist tyranny very quickly.
The true ‘Church’ established by God Himself must become once more under the discipline and direction of His Word. It will take a passion for Christ, perseverance in the struggle, and potent prayers of the faithful for this to happen, and it needs to happen soon.
Let us strive to follow and advocate for what the Apostle Paul taught in his New Testament letter to the Church at Colossae,
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:16-17 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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Originally published in TIL Journal