Someone mentioned the other day that conservative, patriotic and religious-minded Alaskans are losing the cultural battle. Education is in ruins, families are fractured, churches compromise with contemporary ideology, and our political and spiritual institutions appear powerless to make any meaningful difference.

The challenges are admittedly daunting, and it does feel as though we swim against an increasingly powerful and poisonous tide.

But conservatives (meaning those who desire to conserve and hand on the best of culture and faith) do not fight only for the final victory. This, we cannot see. We do not know what the future brings or what surprising and unexpected events lie in store.

Instead, we contend – in the limited time we are given – for the people, places and institutions which are directly before us – our families, communities and churches.

Along the way, untold lives are elevated and redeemed. Individual unborn babies are in fact saved from abortion, the lonely old are surprised by surprise visitors, burdens are lifted by caring friends and neighbors, loving parents mentor children and instill life-giving values. Every day, this is accomplished around Alaska and throughout world.

Yes, we hope and pray for final victory, but we set our hands on the plow before us, meeting one challenge and one day at a time.

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Why we fight against the odds

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • AK Pilot says:

    I appreciate the sentiment of this article, but while conservatives have been focused on the day-to-day the Marxist left has been playing the long game and they have been winning. We cannot lose sight of the final victory and we must continue to strive toward it because the Marxist left will not stop fighting for theirs.

  • Greg in Homer says:

    My wife and I discussed this very subject last night. We watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” again. The star of this movie Jimmy Stewart was a patriotic American that tried to enlist in the Army in WWII but was denied enlistment for health reasons. He persisted and went to the Army Air Corp (Soon to be the Air Force) and told them he would keep coming back unless they let him in. He ended up joining the Air Force and served in Europe in the 8 AF, the outfit with the highest casualty rate in the war. Even after his movie career took off, he remained in the Air Force Reserve and served proudly and patriotically throughout his acting career. Where are heroes like Jimmy Stewart now? It seems all we have in Hollywood and the news media are self-hating weirdos that will talk down our country at the first opportunity. We need more patriots in leadership both at the political and theatrical levels.

  • Aunt Glenda says:

    Conservatives *ALWAYS* concede. Liberals/communists have declared open war on us in a take no prisoners, burn every bridge, in your face bloody take over…what worse thing could you do to a nation of people than to teach their kids to hate themselves, groom them for sexual abuse by foreign predators, brainwash them to cut their genitals off, fill communities with addictive drugs that kill and destroy entire families, rewrite their history, ridicule their faith, destroy their monuments to great men. What else is there that they could possibly do to us? Poison us? Yeah they are working on that right now. Meanwhile conservatives “just try to get along” throwing the more right wing conservatives that want to fight back under the bus left and right so they can get a pat on the head from their corporate donors (the communists & Satanists).
    I know God has a plan and this battle is already won. And God will remember who proclaimed His name as they ran fearlessly to take on the enemy and He will remember those that cringed and capitulated to the enemy for material gain and a pat on the head.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    They will know we are Christian’s by are love by are love.
    Standing together as one, fighting with God against evil

  • Dave says:

    Then out spake brave Horatius,
    The Captain of the Gate:
    To every man upon this earth
    Death cometh soon or late.
    And how can man die better
    Than facing fearful odds,
    For the ashes of his fathers,
    And the temples of his gods