Being subtle... that's something I really never learned how to do. If I like something, I obsess over it. If I hate something, everyone around me will suffer if they enjoy it. They say the two things you should never, ever talk about in polite conversation are religion and politics. But those two things are pretty much what make me the person I am. Does being "subtle" mean you have to be insubstantial, just for the sake of polite conversation?
I put my opinion out there constantly. Between Facebook, Twitter, and everyday real-life conversations, I never meet a stranger, and there is never any ambiguity about how I feel or what I believe in or how passionate I am. I try to be polite (and sometimes I fail miserably) but I never let my voice go unheard. After all, the tagline of this blog is "the 'not so subtle' elephant in the room." Sometimes I have to ask, though... should I be more subtle in political conversations?
Ok, most of you are probably wondering why am I writing all this. It's different than my usual posts, yes. But there is a reason, and it's very important. This weekend I saw a post on a friend's Facebook page from an individual saying, essentially, that "Obama won and now we have to suck it up and compromise." Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa..... No.
When the Westboro Baptist Church taints Christianity, do you stop going to church? Do you stop preaching to the lost? Of course not!
When progressives demonized a private company and decided to boycott, did you vow to never again eat at Chick-fil-A? I sure didn't, and I know many of you that did just the opposite. Some of you even ate 3 square meals of chicken that day!
So tell me, why would you stop standing up for conservative principles just because there is an obstacle in the way? Most people I talk to say it's "just too divisive" and "they don't like the drama" or "it's not worth losing friends." I think it's worth every bit of it.
This election was not in my favor. I am sad for this country and I worry about the future. But the unfavorable outcome doesn't mean I should roll over and abandon my principles. I'm convicted daily by my faith and my strong beliefs. That doesn't change just because there is some guy sitting in a circular office trying to call the shots. But it can be silenced by those who say they are conservatives and vote that way, but stop the pursuit of conservatism after a loss. Battles and wars, y'all. Know the difference. We were defeated in battle... but are you going to stop going to war for your country now? I know I'm not. Guess I haven't yet mastered the art of subtlety.