2. Look good. Unless you?re a rock star, custom chopper builder, or a barista at Starbuck?s, you might want to think twice about tattooing your shaved skull. If you want influence within our superficial style-over-substance society, then you?ve got to make sure you look sharp, solid and smart. Unclean, unkempt, and unfit screams, ?I?m crazy? to the onlooker. You will communicate stability, elegance, intelligence and confidence when you take your time to look your best.
3. Get smart. The greatest commandment in the scripture is to love God with all your heart, soul, MIND and strength. Those who purport to be connected to the God of the Bible should not have an IQ lower than Beavis and Butthead. Anti-intellectualism is a scandal and a sin. For the traditional conservative American it is not only a sin because it is a refusal to treat with gravity the great commandment; it is also a scandal because it keeps the community from taking one seriously. Anti-intellectualism is insulting both to friend and foe. It guarantees failure and is certain to relegate one to the back of humanism?s bus. My advice: learn as much as you can about as many things as possible.
4. Understand worldviews. Unless young conservatives are intellectually equipped to understand and defend a traditional biblical worldview against the secular humanism, Marxism and Islamic weltanschauung fired at them on a 24/7/365 basis in the college classroom and via the media elite?s excretions ? we?re Spam. We must understand the ramifications of the various worldviews and how each approaches God, the world and man?s relationship to God and the world. A good place to begin is with David Noebel?s book, ?Understanding the Times?.
5. Serve somebody. Another way to adjust our secularly altered states is by serving somebody. We must get our hands dirty in the principle problems within our communities, states and the nation. As much as I am a wholehearted proponent of debate ? sometimes ? no, a lot of the time ? we should shut up and lend a practical hand. The more we help an ?at risk kid? with his homework, a needy single mom get a roof over her head, a teenager dying of leukemia in his last days at a children?s hospital or playing black jack with some great granddads at a retirement home, the more we balance our rhetoric with reality. Daniel and his buddies? servant spirit caused them to be promoted to a powerful place of influence.
My ClashPoint is this: The grand ascent of Daniel and his compadres was as a result of giving God their utmost for His highest. Along with their deep spirituality, they became young leaders who were physically fit and well versed in all manner of knowledge. They were brilliant servants who were 10 times greater than all the resident slugs in Babylon. My advice to the young traditional conservative American is: follow the simple instructions on your shampoo bottle: lather, rinse and repeat. Lather, rinse and repeat Daniel?s actions, and watch how you will rise to a place of authority in our Babylonian culture.