This is my blog. There are many like it, but this one is mine. And on this, my blog, I post my rants. If someone reads it and profits by it, so much the better.
I can, at any given time, rant about a number of different things. I have tried not to paint myself into a corner when it comes to the scope of this blog which can range, as the tagline says, “from commonplace, to controversial, to comedic” [and everywhere in between].
This is not to say that there isn’t often an overarching theme to my posts, or a unified purpose to this blog. While I reserve the right to post about most anything, my goal is to defend the Biblical worldview effectually and entirely. More specifically, I want to argue for the truth that is in danger of being neglected – the truth that is still true though it may be out of vogue. I do not want to waste a word saying the things that are popular, accepted, and trendy – even if they are true. I do not say this because I want to be contrary, and I hope it isn’t because I want to feel better than others. (God knows I am not.) Rather my desire is to find purpose in what I do because I cannot find the energy to do anything that I do not feel will (or at least could), make a difference. The place where one can make the most difference is the place where one is most needed. Any defense must center around points of attack, and where the battle rages the fiercest is where the soldier is most needed.
This in a nutshell, is the purpose to the vast majority of the posts on my blog: to stand in the breach – to render what little aid I am capable of giving where I think it has the most chance of doing any good. It is very easy to hold positions that are not under attack, but we must not delude ourselves in to thinking that if we abandon the positions now under attack we will get more than a moment’s peace before the assault begins anew on some previously undisputed ground. The best ground to hold is the ground we stand on. The most defensible position is the furthest forward. What I mean by that is that once we surrender any piece of Biblical truth we make holding every other piece a little harder because of our own inconsistency.
The battles against societal ills that really take heroism, and the stands for truth that really matter are the ones that are not widely acclaimed nor universally admired. There was a time, for instance, when in America it took a great deal of moral courage to condemn the practice of human slavery. (And in some parts of the country it also required a great deal of physical courage.) Abolitionists, in which number Christians where disproportionately represented, have long since fought and won that battle. It now takes little courage to condemn the practice in America. But try speaking out against abortion, or homosexuality. That is not so popular. You’ll get a lot of abuse, hatred, and maybe even persecution if you do that. This is precisely why it needs to be done.
Finally, it seems altogether appropriate to share part of the words to a hymn “Once to Every Man and Nation” which, incidentally, was written during the struggle to end slavery in America.
Then to side with truth is noble, when we share her wretched crust,
Ere her cause bring fame and profit, and ’tis prosperous to be just;
Then it is the brave man chooses while the coward stands aside,
Till the multitude make virtue of the faith they had denied.