Influence upstream

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I’ve never read this quote from A. Breitbart, but then again, I’m not a voracious reader of political content:

Andrew Breitbart was fond of saying, “Politics is downstream from culture.”

It’s true. Brazilians say all the time that a people have the government they deserve. (It probably comes from some ancient Roman philosopher.) Government is a reflection of the values, beliefs, and standards of the society.

It’s always said in desperation, however, rather than hope.

But let us take it in a positive sense, as a motivator to action. Let us change the people, thereby changing the politics.

The author at the link above is right about where to invest our energies. Further, it is time to invest in faith, in evangelism, in building up the church of God, in making an impact in society through the proclamation of the gospel. Let us throw all we have into saving souls, and we may then see a change in society and in government.

The quotes above assume something of a static set of values. They do not take into account that the evil one constantly seeks to degrade them. So that many people in government and potential office-holders look for ways to concentrate power, create dependency, erode rights and responsibilities, undermine ethics and morality.

The battle is constant to preserve decency and faith. It is a battle with spiritual armaments, not military or political ones. That battle is best waged, not in politics itself, but upstream, among the people. Purify the source.

All else is bound to fail. You can’t push water.