Upstream From Politics

The title, the tag line and the featured quote of Upstream Politics are taken from the thoughts of three different men from three different centuries.

Andrew Breitbart, while born in the twentieth century, died in the early hours of March 1, 2012. His death at an early age shocked and saddened many who are on the right in their politics. In marking his passing Sarah Palin wrote that his favorite topic was “how “culture is upstream of politics” and how conservatives must be unafraid to fight the leftwing media, cultural, and political establishments. What flows from culture influences politics.

But what is further upstream from culture? Russell Kirk, the conservative icon of the twentieth century, wrote that, “At heart, all political problems are moral and religious problems.” Our understanding of God and man, and our understanding of right and wrong in responsibilities and relationships determine our culture.

Charles Spurgeon, a famous English pastor of the nineteenth century, said:

“Christians are like a live fish that goes up the stream, always ‘up’ the stream…Whichever way the tide may be running, whether it is at the ebb or at the flood, he is going straight up the stream; and, God helping him, he will proceed in that way right to the end.”

Spurgeon warned Christians of the dangers of flowing downstream with the currents of mankind. We are in the world, but we are not to be of the world. As salt and light we give witness to our Lord Jesus Christ. Our words and our deeds give witness and influence those around us.

My focus here will be what’s upstream from our culture and our politics. As a woman my focus will be on the home and family although I will write on other issues. Politics of our day has ventured into the waters of Christian teaching and beliefs, pulling us downstream. It’s time to swim upstream and go against the flow.
Photo: River Wharfe from
Andrew Breitbart: Sarah Palin’s Notes.
Russell Kirk, “The Essence of Conservatism”: The Russell Kirk Center.
C. H. Spurgeon, “The Beloved Pastor’s Call for Unity,” The Spurgeon Archive.


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