A New Direction

After much thought during this hiatus the last few weeks, I’m announcing a change of direction in my blog posts. A pretty major—and somewhat daring—change of direction.

When I first started blogging, almost without exception my writer friends warned me to avoid two subjects: politics and religion. That’s like telling my wife to avoid sugar and chocolate—very difficult to stick with.

Christianity is not really a religion. It’s a relationship. It’s all about a personal relationship between a believing Christian and the Father, Son and Holy Spirit who make up the God-head. However, most of the world thinks of it as a religion, and if you quote something from the Bible or discuss spiritual topics, people consider that to be religion.

Under that definition, I guess I’ve been discussing “religion” in my blogs for at least two or three years now. I wrote a series of blogs in late 2013 that became the basis for my book, ­Christianity 101: The Simplified Christian Life. Prior to that I wrote a number of blogs on specific Christian subjects, so I guess I’ve really never adhered to that part of the advice.

On the other hand, I’ve scrupulously avoided discussing politics in my blogs. My writer friends told me that writing about politics would drive away half of my audience, and I believed them.

With all the ungodliness, moral depravity, and pure foolishness going on in our nation today, however, I can no longer stand by quietly watching our once-great nation edging ever closer to the edge of the abyss that swallowed up Rome, Greece, Persia, and other great nations throughout history. Both as a citizen standing up for my country and as a Christian standing up for what’s right and godly, I feel I have to quit straddling fences and stand up and be heard.

Besides that, I think we all write better when we write about something we’re passionate about. My uncategorized blogs are usually a bit blah, because there’s no passion behind them, but I’m very passionate about things that affect our nation, common sense, and the rights of individuals which have been trampled for decades now by rampant socialism and the “entitlement” mindset it promotes.

For the last year or two, I’ve followed a rigid policy of posting Christian blogs every Tuesday and uncategorized blogs every Friday. As I return from my sabbatical, I am changing that format. I’m not restricting myself to any specific day of the week, nor to a certain number of posts a week. My posts will generally be either Christian or political in nature, and they may appear on any day—three times a week or once every three weeks.

I think most of the writers who know me are mature enough to allow me to stake out positions with which they disagree. I certainly hope so, because I don’t have enough friends to be casting any of them aside. However, if the fact that I take a stand on an issue facing our nation causes someone to unfriend me on Facebook or unsubscribe to my blog, so be it. I’ll continue to love all of you anyhow, whether we lose communication or not.

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Writers may not have it all together, but together we have it all.

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About David N. Walker

David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years in the health insurance industry, during which time he traveled much of the United States. He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers' groups. Christianity 101: The Simplified Christian Life, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella series, Fancy, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats, as well as through Smashwords and Kobo. See information about both of these by clicking "Books" above.
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25 Responses to A New Direction

  1. Jenny Hansen says:

    Passion always makes the difference. And this is YOUR blog. 🙂

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  2. Late to respond here, but I am thrilled! Looking forward to what you have to share intentionally and not under pressure to publish a post. 🙂

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  3. I agree, David. Go for it! Cheers, Ashley

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  4. Jim Ray says:

    Amen David,,,,Go for it My Christian Brother……

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  5. David – I like your proposal and am thrilled you’ve set yourself free from a specific blogging schedule. It was too much for me to say I was going to blog on certain days. It worked for 18 months or so but then I had to revamp what I was doing. I’m looking forward to reading what you honestly feel about and that which you want to share with us.

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  6. I think it’s sad that some people who differ in political or “religious” opinions can’t just agree to disagree. I see what amounts to hatred in regards to those two subjects all the time on Facebook. I’ve also seen relationships ruined over them (mostly politics), and wonder where the tolerance and freedom of speech comes in sometimes. Unfortunately, I’ve had to add some people to groups that can’t see my posts because I get tired of the arguments. 😦

    Good for you, David. Not sure I’ll always agree with you either because I fall in the independent camp, though I lean toward the conservative side of the fence. Mostly, I just think all politicians are greedy liars who will say whatever they think people want to hear in order to get into office – and then they’ll do whatever they please.

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  7. Jane Merrick says:

    Amen!!!!! Jane

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  8. Barb Estinson says:

    Well David, as you know, I will no doubt disagree with many of your political posts. But I could no more unfriend you than I could unbrother you. All I ask is that you respect my right to disagree. Love you.

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  9. Well, it’s your blog so you can take any direction you want with it. And, as far as I know, we’re still entitled to free speech and freedom of press, so go for it.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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  10. Rose Marie Russo says:

    Hi David, All I Have to say is “BRAVO” That’s what’s wrong or Some of What’s Wrong with This Country, Most will Voice their opinion Behind Closed doors. I Think It’s “FANTASTIC” That you are going in the direction you stated. I For one Will Be Looking forward to Your Post. As The Good Book Say’s ” BEHOLD, YOU DESIRE THE TRUTH IN THE INWARD PARTS, AND IN THE HIDDEN PART YOU WILL MAKE ME TO KNOW WISDOM”. Psalm 51:6. As Always, it Was a Pleasure To Read From You. Many Blessings To You And Your Family, Always !!

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  11. dmswriter says:

    I agree with Sharon – go for it! I’m looking forward to reading what you feel strongly about. And whether I agree or disagree, I’m sure we can share ideas and discuss things in a rational, mature way. All the best with your new direction, David.

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  12. Sharon K. Walker says:

    A courageous decision. Go for it! Much love, Wife

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