Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Christian conservative offers a winning path in the Culture Wars

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By David Brooks

The share of Americans who describe themselves as Christians and attend church is dropping. Put aside a culture war that, at least over the near term, you are destined to lose. Consider a different culture war, one just as central to your faith and far more powerful in its persuasive witness. We live in a society plagued by formlessness and radical flux, in which bonds, social structures and commitments are strained and frayed. Social conservatives could be the people who help reweave the sinews of society. They already subscribe to a faith built on selfless love. They can serve as examples of commitment. This culture war is more Albert Schweitzer and Dorothy Day than Jerry Falwell and Franklin Graham; more Salvation Army than Moral Majority. It’s doing purposefully in public what social conservatives already do in private. [link]