So where do we go from here?
First, please note the sun came up this morning. God still reigns. Have faith. All is not lost.
That said, please also note now is a time for repentance and purification. The revival of our country does not start with politicians or politics. It begins within each of us examining our lives and, seeing what is within, kneeling at the foot of the Cross seeking forgiveness for our own sins. All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. All of us need to restore the connection between God and ourselves. We are responsible for our own actions. Let those actions be built on the solid rock of faith in Christ as not only Savior but also Lord. Let His words shape ours. Let His actions serve as our guidelines. Leave pride, selfish ambition and conceit as actions for others to marinate. You, me, all of us — let us serve the Lord in deed and not solely word. Those who refuse to do so are not allies.
Arm yourself with knowledge, for knowledge is not only power; it is also ammunition against evil. Read the Constitution; dig into the laws of the land; familiarize yourself with the words of our founding fathers. Study basic business and economics. Read Hayek.
Educate others even as you educate yourself. As Paul wrote, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Speak kindly, politely and calmly; leave the histrionics to those attempting to cover for having nothing to say. Ignore trolls on both sides; they waste irreplaceable time.
Monitor the media. It is not your friend, it never will be your friend and those who attempt to make it their friend are fools. Becoming upset over the media, or deluding yourself into believing that new media will shortly conquer the old guard, misplaces energy needed elsewhere. Monitor. Note what it is saying. Remember most people get their information not directly from the media but filtered through others, sometimes several times, who did get their information from the media. Learn how to answer the misconceptions thus formed with simple, straightforward truth. Source your arguments.
Live charitably in public and be charitable in private. In the public eye, be it social media or in person, pay attention to people. Treat them as you wish to be treated. Remember that the ability to broadcast an opinion neither elevates nor validates said opinion. Think, speak and act from and for the heart, not your wallet. Answer your emails every time, all the time. And never — never — become what you profess to oppose. You say you hate traditional media for its snobbery and aloofness. Do you treat others with snobbery and aloofness? You say there should be zero tolerance for criminal activity in politics. Do you turn a blind eye to it on your side of the aisle? You say the ends never justify the means. Do you then act in a manner that says this is not true?
Choose carefully anyone to whom you pledge allegiance. Embrace those who lead by example while steering clear of those who lead because they say they do. Rewatch The Undefeated. Natural leadership by action. Forming an organization claiming to be a tea party leader? This is not leadership. This is self-glorification.
Be unafraid to call failures a failure. Did all the talk, all the speeches, all the seminars and workshops and conferences and conventions the past four years gain a single victory? No. Send CPAC and FreePAC packing. Call BlogCon what it is — a con. Tell RightOnline it is wrong and needs to disconnect pronto. Let the pundits who trade in being outrageously outraged over the latest outrageous outrage, the Dana Loeschs and Michelle Malkins, know you are finished being outraged over trifles and vapid Internet slurs and they need to start focusing on matters of substance. Inform FreedomWorks they did not work and are no longer welcome. We do not need these people. They are failures, preaching the need for cultural infusion and relevancy yet in the final analysis doing nothing but promoting themselves. Again, we need leadership, not self-appointed leaders. We need God leading us.
Where do we go from here?
It is up to us to decide. And then act.
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