I’m getting tired of Christians talking about liberals and conservatives.  The proper dichotomy for us is the world and the kingdom of God.  Are Democrats acting like communists?  They are being worldly.  Are Republicans acting like monarchs?  They are being worldly.  Is the church full of people who do not know the word of God or acknowledge it’s power?  They are being worldly.

Did a politician somewhere act to undermine the government’s ability to stand in the place of God?  Perhaps they are not far from the kingdom.

Of course, if someone were to explain exactly how godliness is the enemy of tyranny, it might offend some people.

Cultural Confidence

Frankly, it seems to me now that I was arrogant when I was younger, to think that I understood my faith. I had then what I call cultural confidence – that is, a confidence that comes from having a lifestyle that is fully integrated with your worldview. It’s easy to talk and act with boldness, because there are so few loose strings that pull at your mind and make you hesitate. You know what’s right to do – you have role models and policies, and systems of thought to guide you.

I suppose a post-modern look at cultural confidence would probably critique it pretty negatively – all those indicators of arrogance, an unwillingness to question presuppositions – but I’m not a very good post-modern. I like to tell myself that the Greeks were post-modern just before the dawn of the classical age, and flatter myself that I can be post-post-modern if I just go one step beyond and be a classicist.

At any rate, I aspire to have cultural confidence again. I learned from doing office work that there’s no real great benefit to thinking all the time. I don’t mean it’s good to be thoughtless, but that you actually make more mistakes at whatever job you’re doing when you’re still thinking your way through it. You only become good at your job when you can do it mostly without thinking. Then your mind becomes free to make incremental adjustments quickly and efficiently. The same thing applies to driving. The worst drivers are the ones who have to think through everything that they do. They’re so busy focusing on what should be habit that they don’t have any mindspace left for anything unusual that comes along.

I think of cultural confidence the same way. The best way to go through life is by having to make as few adjustments to your worldview as possible. Continue reading “Cultural Confidence”