We are past the point here in Alaska and across the nation where God fearing, freedom loving citizens must firmly resolve to speak and act in accord with perennial truths, and do so without the odor of apology.

This goes for parents, students, teachers, pastors, doctors, public servants and elected officials – everyone.
The time for hedging words or walking a fine line to avoid controversy or discomfort is long gone. We are in a cultural, spiritual and philosophical war over the fundamental nature of humanity and our purpose here on earth.

Those who have been engaged in this battle must press forward with renewed vigor, while those on the sidelines must now summon courage to enter the fray.

While we must always know our audience, and avoid unnecessary offense, we cannot simply indulge and tolerate the “live and let live” mentality that has brought us drag queen performances for toddlers, state funded abortion on demand, publicly underwritten transgender surgeries and critical race theory propaganda in our schools. Nor can we afford to simply stand by as local governments whittle away free speech, freedom of assembly or the right to conduct business and acts of charity in accord with our deeply held religious and philosophical beliefs.

Not everyone is called to give speeches or sermons, pen columns, instruct students, enact legislation or inspire the wider citizenry, but we all have a role to play in our families, towns and places of worship. For many, our role will be to offer steady encouragement and genuine camaraderie to those who are at the tip of the spear. When the cancel culture mob comes screaming from the shadows, these courageous men and women must genuinely know and feel the overwhelming support of a vast army of like-minded souls.

As we embark on 2023, let us also keep in mind that our salvation does not ultimately come from politicians, voter initiatives, conservative legislation or even the Constitution. Yes, we will continue to fight in these arenas, but our hope must always flow from the deep and eternal reality that God created this world, and we are made and destined for Him alone.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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EDITORIAL: Live without the odor of apology

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.


  • Kathleen LaMantia says:

    Thank you for this. It truly is long past the time where people who claim to profess a covenant with the Truth should be a light on a hill. Time to stop looking right and left and hoping someone else will take the heat. Time to own on Monday what we profess on Sunday.

  • Mayo says:

    we cannot simply indulge and tolerate the “live and let live” mentality . So much for freedom and liberty, right Joel?

    • Steve P Peterson says:

      He who stands for nothing will fall for anything. Freedom and liberty cannot be had when you are forced to tolerate and even endorse immorality.

      • Separation of Church and State. says:

        Exactly Steve, just as you said “Freedom and liberty cannot be had when you are forced to tolerate and even endorse immorality.” That’s why we need to shut down each and every church that has housed pedophile priests, we need to shut down every church that houses and takes in sex offenders, catholics, baptists, all of them need to go until they can get rid of their own immoral child loving tendencies. As a final note we should bar children from going to church till their of a mature age (21 at the least) why should they be forced to share and attend lectures by rapists, they should make that decision when the are old enough to understand the dangers involved in going to a community that has covered and housed sex offenders for decades.

  • PS says:

    There are a lot of people in this country who need to take the time to learn the TRUE MEANING of “separation of church and state”!

  • Now We Are Two says:

    The time for hedging words or walking a fine line to avoid controversy or discomfort is long gone. We are in a cultural, spiritual and philosophical war
    There is no question we have been in a full-blown culture war since 1970 at least. Where I might disagree with the author is how to best fight said war.
    IMO we lost the commanding cultural & legal heights a long, long time ago. So it’s now akin to guerilla war; only fools don’t avoid conflict until they can win.
    This isn’t despair or payback. It’s precaution. It’s waiting until you know you will likely win before engaging, and then fight hard, until victory.
    It’s much like Catholic Just War Theory: Hold off until you have a solid chance at winning. In the meantime, build up resources and forge family/coalitions.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Great conversation between Dr. Lee Merritt and Tim Brown w/Sons of Liberty Media about Congress and their duties, the Constitution, and the Written Word.

  • Mark says:

    What are the “perennial truths”, who defines? A religion, a text, a pastor/imam/rabbi, a prophet? And if these truths are perceived to be in conflict with our Constitutionally established governance, does this unapologetic adherence to these beliefs held by a minority of individuals allow for the the overthrow of the government by rioting at a capital and violently stopping the peaceful transfer of power? And if a person lives in fear of this God, are you ever really free?

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Since McCarthy won the Speaker of the House seat, maybe we are going to find out the truth about the “attempted overthrow” after our Congressional House finally can do the much-needed investigation into that day! Looking forward to good things coming out of Congress now that Pelosi is no longer speaker of the House!

    • Mayo says:

      Mark: I’ve always wondered why a believer would live in fear of loving god.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Off topic sort of: “5G, Vertigo, Marburg, Vaccines, next outbreak.”