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.
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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.