Biola University hosted GodBlogCom 2.0 this past October, and it featured a panel discussion that became a genuine conversation with the audience. The panelists included Professor John Mark Renolds, the director of the university’s Torrey Honors Program, blogger LaShawn Barber, and the then-candidate for United States Senate in New Mexico, Dr. Allen McCullough. The audience included some very fine intellects, including Joe Carter, Andy Jackson and John Schroeder, and many students.
Among the students were a number who were pursuing studies that would prepare them for public life of some sort, and some thought a run for elected office might be a possibility.
As I recall, one question from the floor concerned the rules a young, politically ambitious blogger might want to follow on his or her blog. I responded as I always do to that question by cautioning the younger writers that blogs are forever, cached away in google or some other server somewhere, and almost certain to return if not in your first job interview, then certainly in the context of any serious campaign for any serious office. The young blogger is best served by “finding the good and praising it,” to borrow from author Alex Haley, rather than to slag and singe opponents or denounce other people’s positions.
But then I paused and raised the question of a much more serious nature for the young, ambitious undergrad: Had you considered military service?
I am a civilian. It never occurred to me to consider enlisting after my graduation from college in 1978. In the post-Vietnam era, the military continued to attract amazing men and women who felt the call to serve in uniform, but the country was at peace, and even for those of us who thought the Cold War a very serious business, that conflict was not the preserve of just the military. Tens of thousands served in that struggle who never put on a uniform, and it was honorable service.