- Get out of the cities and suburbs.
- Get out of the pop culture and entertainment system.
- Get out of the doomed financial system.
- Get your children out of the public school system.
- Get out of our failing healthcare system.
- Get out of liberal/progressive churches and synagogues.
7. Get away from the news media. I didn't include this suggestion in the original article because I have mixed thoughts on it. On one hand, it is good to be an informed citizen, and it is necessary to be aware of the potential threats we face. On the other hand, much of what passes for news today is little more than what I call "water cooler gossip" and is actually a distraction, not informative. Besides, most news outlets are heavily biased by both ideology and political correctness. With the main-stream media, this bias slants heavily towards a leftist ideology that is directly opposed to Christianity, Judaism, and traditional Western values. But even much of the so-called alternative media is suspect, biased in different ideological directions than the MSM, but still biased (and, frankly, often with a noticeable amount of crazy mixed in).
Paying attention to the news can be a frustrating, upsetting, depressing, anger-inducing distraction. But we still need to be informed. My personal solution has been to greatly reduce my consumption of news. I still pay attention to the news, focusing on a few outlets that I consider to be reasonably good (though not perfect, of course), but I am no longer the news junkie I used to be. I no longer listen to talk radio. I no longer watch the FOX News prime time shows (I stopped even before the GOP debate). I no longer pay attention to the Sunday morning news shows (sorry Chris Wallace, et al.). I certainly don't read newspapers or magazines.
So, how do I get my news? Several ways: I quickly scan Drudge Report most days. This gives me a "feel" for what is happening in world. If there is a major news story, I can then dig into it and find out more. I'm often on Twitter, so I am alerted to major breaking news that way. Again, I can then dig into news stories that seem important to me. I'll occasionally catch Lou Dobbs' show on FOX Business. I do like the World Magazine website (and follow them on Twitter). They are a Christian news site, and thus favor that worldview. I also follow the Washington Free Beacon on twitter, as well as a few others. Since I listen to Christian radio, I do get some news that way.
This greatly reduces my exposure to the worldly news media, but I'm still exposed to it. I watch/listen/read the news with a critical outlook, being aware of bias and trying to ignore the distractions.
8. Get out of the political system. This is another suggestion about which I have a mixed opinion. As I've said elsewhere, "What is wrong with America goes well beyond politics & economics. It is a spiritual sickness which infects the USA. No politician, no election, no piece of legislation, will cure spiritual sickness. We must appeal to a Higher Authority for that kind of healing." In other words, its too late for political solutions. Besides, our current two-party system, dominated by elites and special interests, is also little more than a frustrating, upsetting, depressing, anger-inducing distraction. On the other hand, I do think we have a duty to at least try to be good citizens, and that means casting informed votes as best we can.
Rather than stepping completely away from the political system, I am striving to achieve some measure of balance. For me this means I no longer support any political party, instead supporting individual candidates on a case-by-case basis. I am an Independent, not a Republican, Democrat, or even a Libertarian. I am skeptical of all politicians, regardless of their party affiliation or even their professed ideology. I do not look to any party, politician, or candidate to "save America." I no longer listen to talk radio. I do not donate to political parties or political think tanks. Although I do still follow politics to some extent, I no longer get wrapped up in it. (Confession: I did watch the recent GOP debate, but in hindsight consider it a waste of my time.)
I do support certain causes, such as traditional values, Constitutional-literacy, and Religious Freedom. I think it is important to help educate people on Real History and Real Economics. I may support individual candidates that I deem worthy. But I am no longer a political junkie.
Replace the Worldly System With What?
We are trying to get out of the worldly system. But what are we trying to replace it with?
My short answer: God's system.
In all things, put God first. I often pray this short pray, which you may have even seen me Tweet on occasion: "I confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ over every aspect of my life, health, heart, mind, body, soul, and spirit."
We are to be concerned with living our lives in a way pleasing to God, not the World. It doesn't matter what the Government wants us to do, or what our neighbors or co-workers think of us. Public opinion is meaningless. Don't try to be trendy, fashionable, modern, worldly, sophisticated, politically correct, socially acceptable, or anything else. Don't try to "fit in" with the world. Follow God. Fit in with Him.
Develop your relationship with God, not the World. Pray. Read the Bible. Look to God for your priorities and values, for your knowledge of right and wrong. Build good, strong relationships with your family and other like-minded people.Do what is right, even if the World says otherwise.
Our nation and our fellow man may have chosen to build their own Worldly system. But that doesn't mean we have to follow their lead. Be different. Be one of God's chosen. It is a difficult road, but a worthy one.
If you liked this article, you may also be interested in my Six-point Plan for Taking Back America.