Smitty, who blogs at The Other McCain, was kind enough to share his thoughts here about one of my recent posts. Much appreciated. A few observations in regard to his comments:
It’s worth noting that I’m not about evangelization. It’s not my calling. I’m about edification and exhorting people to return to the faith.
I’ve done loss leader activities before when it was something needing to be done. I will never, as in never, come even halfway close to recouping the money I spent putting together my book. I didn’t mind in the least. How could I? I was repaying a debt to these artists I could never repay. Namely, bringing me back to God. The very least I could do was what I could do to encourage others to also return home.
That said, I didn’t spend what I didn’t have, and I’m not about to start now. I’m neither prepared nor willing to solicit donations for such an endeavor as staging a concert during CPAC 2014. Maybe I’ll change my mind between now and then; I don’t know.
Also, let’s face it. If someone has the choice between writing a check to bring the Lost Dogs or Phil Keaggy to town, or writing the same check to facilitate shmoozing between a bunch of bloggers (never mind their effective reach beyond the echo chamber is negligible at best) and politicos, it’s not cynicism to suggest that going for the immediate effect of perceived political action will trump effecting the cultural change so many bleat they want yet never seem to actually do anything to put into place. Every time.
Back in the day, I attended several Gospel Music Association conventions in Nashville. To a one they were filled with fresh-faced artists, radio people, concert promoters, bookstore owners and so on. These people were to a one in love with the Lord and on fire to serve Him through the music in whatever area they worked. They were ready and willing to do whatever it took to change the world.
They never did.
It wasn’t their fault. Sure, there were errors of enthusiasm: overestimating abilities, failure to learn business dynamics. However, these people were not even close to being the primary reason for not achieving their goals. They were thwarted by industry leadership unwilling to support the ministries they claimed to have at heart as instead it lavished attention and resources on what was safe, and what paid the most within the Christian cultural castle echo chamber. They were equally held back from reaching their goals by an industry with significant corruption at the highest levels, be it financial, moral or both.
Sound familiar? It should. Substitute CPAC for GMA and you have the exact same scenario. The only difference is that now people claim to follow Ronald Reagan rather than Jesus Christ.
I noticed Smitty didn’t address my comments about NBC. Any possible gain it might offer by facilitating contact between bloggers and politicians is ancillary to its main objective: making Ali Akbar a Beltway player. Never mind that NBC has abandoned its original objective; never mind its lack of financial transparency or its primary fundraising technique consisting of poking the hornets nest and then crying because its residents emerged in an ill humor. Never mind how Akbar has left behind a trail of underhanded dealings, broken promises and questions that regardless of who asks what are immediately labeled a nefarious plot, or unwitting participation in one, by his enablers *coughstacymccaincough*. Does enabling Joe or Jane Blogger to get a photo op with Ted Cruz make all of this all right?
We saw this year with the thin-skinned act by the ACU of excluding GOProud, then Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, from the CPAC program because of criticism, its corruption. We know Akbar’s corruption. This isn’t about them. It is about any organization. A corrupt head weakens, renders ineffective and ultimately lays to waste the entire body no matter how many of its other parts are doing the right thing for the right reason.
You can’t dance with the devil in order to sing for the savior. Stay away from snakes.
PS: Video’s not so hot, but the song is great: