how plain-spoken courage can move the overton window

The Time for Christians to Control Public Discourse is Now

The Overton window can shift when a motivated minority of influential voices are committed to speaking boldly on issues they care about.

The Overton Window is named after political analyst Joseph Overton, who noticed that public approval or disapproval drives policy. It represents what is generally believed to be right or wrong. At one time, our shared morality was derived from the Bible, which also tells us what happens when people reject it. They get the book of Judges, where “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judg. 21:25). In other words, biblical morality becomes mob morality. The social pressure to conform to mob morality is a big part of what many now call the Overton window.

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