One of the greatest fears a conservative has is that of becoming a liberal. The next greatest fear is that someone you know will become a liberal. In these confusing times, I thought it would be helpful to give a bit of advice on how to stay solidly conservative.
- Avoid the Mainstream Media. News outlets like CNN, NBC, The Washington Post, and PBS will constantly challenge conservative thinking and values by quoting liberal sources and facts. Stick with news sources that you can trust to provide you with good, common-sense conservative information, like FoxNews, Breitbart, The Blaze, and folks like Rush and Sean Hannity. You need to have your conservatism constantly reinforced.
- Don’t listen to your children, especially if they attend public school or liberal arts colleges. If you can’t
indoctrinatehomeschool your children in a good, science and philosophy free environment, there is no telling what kind of liberal concepts they will adopt. It’s common for schools to teach things like equal rights, which in reality is just a way to erode white male privilege, and unproven scientific theories like evolution and climate change. They will try to challenge your conservative ideals, and they may even make sense. But ignore them anyway.
- Regular Evangelical Church Attendance. There’s no better way to fortify your conservatism than to surround yourself with like-minded conservative Christians, and to hear good, Evangelical Bible teaching. But, beware of those churches who talk too much about grace and forgiveness; grace is just a slippery slope toward liberalism. And, in that same vein:
- Don’t Read the Bible on your own, especially the Gospels, without a good conservative Study Guide or Devotional. Reading the Gospels without external guidance is a sure way to start thinking like a liberal. It’s very easy to misunderstand Jesus’ teachings on social justice, loving your enemies, and not judging sinners, which on their face can seem contrary to the conservative evangelical doctrines we hold dear. If you have to read the Bible on your own, read it in small bits, so you can avoid taking the verses in context.
I hope you have found this helpful. It may sound like a daunting task, but take comfort as you look around at the millions of other people desperately hanging on to good old American conservatism.