Leslie P – Originally posted at The Conservative Union
Did THAT headline get your attention? I hope so, There are actually quite a few ways we conservatives should be more like the liberals and progressives. Why? They are successful. How? Lots of ways, actually, today’s post will be about evangelism.
Liberals are successful. As you know, all too well, they control the culture, they control the media, they successfully claim the moral high ground. They win elections, and even when they lose elections, they stil advance their cause. They move forward without mercy when in the majority and extract significant concessions when they are in the minority. That’s success no matter how you look at it.
We must decide to be like these successful liberal / progressive folks.
I know, you’ve heard it a lot:
We need to be more like them, so we need to elect moderate (i.e.: liberal) politicians, adopt moderate (i.e.: liberal) policies, change our platform, and everybody get in line behind the Moderate Establishment.”
Um no. That’s the kind of lazy, shallow, thoughtless response and “plan” we get from lazy, shallow, thoughtless people (like our media, a lot of our politicians, and a lot of the political class).
I’m not lazy, I’m not shallow, and I’m not afraid to think. I’m going to assume the same from you.
I don’t want to become a successful liberal. I want to become a successful conservative. So I want to adopt and adapt the successful techniques of the liberals and use them to further my own philosophy of conservatism.
First I have to figure out why they are successful.
They’re successful because they give out free stuff, so we have to give out free stuff! Otherwise we’ll stay the losers we always have been.
Typical answer, you’ve exerted little effort, little introspection, and very little thought to come up with it. That’s a REACTION not an analysis.
- If you’re on the “we have to do the same” bandwagon, I’m sure you’ll be a successful political consultant or lobbyist, and you’ll be very wealthy, and the conservative movement will not advance one bit. You are totally self-motivated, you care not for the nation as a whole or your fellow man. Stop reading this now, go away. I wish you well, but see no need for you to be part of my world.
- If you are on the “we’ll stay the losers we are” bandwagon, I’m asking you to give it a little more thought, analyze things a bit differently, and see if maybe there’s some hope. If I can change your perspective a bit, perhaps we can all work together to make things better. Please hang in there with me.
They’re successful because they are the Evangelicals, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the Mormons of the political world.
What? Hmmm. This seems right. They’re always working to gain converts, to preach the good news. They are confident that their belief system is correct, it is the best for everyone, and the path to political salvation for all. By trying to convert you, they are trying to help you. They want you to be saved. What does an Evangelical-type DO that is different from other religious folk?
- They will postpone their careers and spend a few years on mission.
- They will form mega-churches with massive outreach communities
- They will go into the neighborhoods of the poor to try to reach large numbers
- They will speak the good news to anyone who will listen, and a lot who won’t.
- Their every phrase is tinged with their belief system – they wish you a blessed day rather than just a good day.
There is a certain percentage of any population who simply want to be evangelical outreach missionary type people. Some do it with their churches, others do it with their politics. there’s also a certain amount of everyone’s day/week/year that we are willing and able to spend evangelizing about our passion.
Conservatives tend to do their evangelizing and mission work for God and their Church. Liberals tend to do their evangelizing about politics..
Thus, there is a certain number of “default” people and a certain amount of “default” time from others that the liberals can count on, and DO count on, to perform the necessary work. To do the activism. You see it, I know you do. The activism and outreach of the liberal side of the aisle absolutely kicks the butt of the conservative side.
The people with evangelizing tendencies who are conservative, devote their efforts to evangelizing for their church. The people with evangelizing tendencies who are liberal, devote their efforts to evangelizing for their political causes. There’s a massive labor imbalance, massive. Liberals simply have more man-hours devoted to activism.
That’s the imbalance. It’s simply an effect of human nature. I don’t expect it to change, and I certainly wouldn’t want people to stop evangelizing for their church.
No, think about this differently, and more deeply.
Accept that we will never match their political outreach, it’s simply not who we are. Our mission-oriented evangelizers (activists) are working for their churches (temples, synagogues, etc).
Understand that the basic comparison, using Christianity, is that Democrats are the evangelicals with the massive churches and the TV stations and the incredible growth. Republicans are the Episcopalians – we go to church on Easter and Christmas (we vote regularly) but the rest of the time we’re busy working and raising our families and stuff. Most of our friends have no idea what we think of God, or if we go to church at all,
Membership in the Episcopal church is declining, rapidly and badly. The influence of the Episcopal Church on Christendom is waning. The evangelicals have all the juice right now. (Also the Catholics are resurgent, and many Episcopalians talk about converting to Catholicism, but that’s not part of the point of this post, though it’s kind of related)
As regards our political lives, we can’t keep being like the Episcopalians, we have to be more like the Evangelicals.
- You know Evangelicals, you know THAT they are evangelical. They have tried to get you to go to their church.
- Evangelicals wish you a blessed day, not just a good day.
- Evangelicals are confident, they know they have the right answers, and they want to share them with you.
- They want to you to JOIN THEM.
Why can’t we do that with our political beliefs? The other side certainly does.
You know what else the successful churches do?
- They spend very little time talking about the other faiths
- They don’t focus on how bad the other faiths are
- They spend ZERO time talking about how bad the other churches are
- Their message is one of joy, success, happiness, togetherness, friendship, and love
- They spend their time explaining why someone should join them
So…you have very little time to add “political activism” to your schedule. Make better use of the time you DO allocate.
Be a conservative evangelist. Focus on how great conservatism is, and talk about how great conservatism is, and carry the happy conservative warrior message everywhere you go. Everyone should know that you are a loving, happy person and that your conservative philosophy (not just politics, your life philosophy) is part of what makes you such a loving happy person. Everyone should know that you would be happy to help them to become a loving happy conservative as well.
So, though we may have fewer hours, nationally, dedicated to conservative activism, and that might not change drastically, we can, and must, be more effective with the hours that we do spend. You can’t change anyone else, change yourself. Are your own political activism hours spend like an evangelical? Could you perhaps retune your focus and be a bit more like the evangelicals?
Food for thought. Do with it what you will.