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January 21, 2018

A Worldview Against the West

The author of the Hank, the Cowdog children’s stories wrote an article for American Cowboy on ‘political correctness’ and how that worldview sees the West. In our cultural moment, John Erickson’s article highlights the differences in worldview that are becoming inescapable.

Erickson writes:

It took me a while to figure out the obvious, that there are people in the entertainment business whose decisions are driven by ideology, not by experience or artistic judgment. And some of those people just don’t like the West I was describing—which I knew to the bone; which they might have seen through an airplane window at 30,000 feet.  

They don’t like the history of the frontier. They don’t like cattle or beef. They don’t like people who pray before a meal. They don’t approve of anyone who might spur a horse or rope a calf, and they sure don’t approve of women who stay home to raise their children. Maybe they don’t approve of marriage either.

I think that Erickson is pretty accurate as a recent Calgary Herald column gives evidence of the ‘dislike.’

But as we consider what our greatest need is, it is not for the culture of the West, as much as I personally love it. It is rather the culture of the new city and new world order established by the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.  If your world isn’t governed by this King, then who are you choosing?

“at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”.  (The Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Church at Philippi, chapter 2, verses 10-11).


See the rest of John Erickson’s article at: American Cowboy

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About Clint Humfrey

Pastor of Calvary Grace Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I'm married with three sons. Views expressed on this blog are my own.