The failure of conventional politics

“No matter how furious and all-consuming partisan political battles are, Christians have to keep clearly before us the fact that conventional American politics cannot fix what is wrong with our society and culture. They are inadequate because in both their left-wing and right-wing forms, they operate from the position that facilitating and expanding human choice is the proper end of our politics. The left and the right just disagree over where to draw the lines.” — Rod Dreher, The Benedict Option

Can Western Civilization Be Saved?

“In the Benedict Option, we are not trying to repeal seven hundred years of history, as if that were possible. Nor are we trying to save the West. We are only trying to build a Christian way of life that stands as an island of sanctity and stability amid the high tide of liquid modernity. We are not looking to create heaven on earth; we are simply looking for a way to be strong in faith through a time of great testing.” — Rod Dreher, The Benedict Option 

Can we have room for moderation and forgiveness?

In our incredibly divided culture, is there a way of moderation? Is there a way of change? When people DO change, do we believe it any more?

One such divisive person has been Glenn Beck. I remember him from his FoxNews days and how I came to a place I couldn’t stand his vitriol. Last year I read an amazing story in The New York Times about how he “changed.” It was hard to believe for me. Honestly.

Then, this interview.

Give a listen. It’s worth it.