Sometimes it is easy to fall into the political trap. For those of us that can be too political, every tweet, every alert, and every story can seem pertinent. Do not get me wrong, I am not saying that when the President speaks or Congress acts, members of the media should not cover it or that people should not pay attention. In fact, I hope more people become engaged. My point here is that most people are not following every breaking story like it is the start of Revelation. Instead, they are living life, working, taking their kids to school, going grocery shopping, thinking about their friends and family.
During my week, I rarely come into contact with people that only want to talk about politics. Most people do not bring up the lastest Trump tweet or New York Times story. This does not mean that people have no idea what is going on, it simply means that politics is not the most important thing in their lives. Instead, I have a lot of conversations about postseason baseball, how it has been a seasonly warm fall, what my family may be doing for the upcoming holiday season, and college football.
Political people tend to forget that they can at times, live in a political bubble. That is one reason why Erick and Phillip encourage writers at Resurgent to come from all walks of life. We need hear from people that are not in professional politics. Being outside the bubble is also why you see most voters turned off by the behavior of President Trump and the behavior of left-wing mob during the Kavanaugh nomination. Neither have anything to do with politics and everything to do with being unrelatable.
Before the 2016 election, the Boston Globe had a survey that stated that only 36 percent of those polled could name all three branches of government. Politico recently put out a poll that stated that the majority of millennials could not name a single senator from their state. Haven Insights posted the results of a poll they conducted that said only 37 percent of Americans could name their representative in Congress. People laughed this week when Taylor Swift posted that she would support Phil Bredesen in the upcoming senatorial election in Tennessee. She may not sway those who are engaged but look at all those who are not. Are we really that arrogant and naive to say that a celebrity that has 112 million Instagram followers could not make an impact at all?
Last quarter, the highest three rated cable news shows were Hannity, Tucker Carlson Tonight, and the Ingrahm Angle. Their average viewership was 2.73 million viewers a night. During that same time frame, the top-10 shows watched that had nothing to do with politics averaged 6.6 million viewers. That included two preseason football games that doubled up all three Fox programs. Think about that, more people watched two football games that did not count than the three most watched cable news shows on air.
I love what the ERLC writes about Christians being engaged in politics, “Christian witness in the public square contributes transcendent values about moral and ethical issues. Christian withdrawal opens a moral vacuum susceptible to influences that pressure government to move outside the purview designated by God. Politics affects government, shapes society and influences culture. Because of what the Bible teaches and the inevitability of its effect on our culture, Christians must care about politics.” For us in the arena, we should care. We should also remember to take a step back, breath, and not take ourselves or every news story too serious. I am grateful for those that can remind us that politics and policies are important, but neither are ultimate.