Color me late to the party, but I just noticed that Chris White, a prominent record label executive in sg, has a blog about politics, of all things, and lately, foreign policy in particular, sort of. Okay then. It’s mostly pre-millennialist political boilerplate about
On a deeper level, though, I wonder: When a leading officer of a sg record company writes a blog of this sort, even though it’s notionally or technically a private act, what are we to think about how those beliefs may be involved in that company’s decision making process? Another way to pose the question: Can there in fact even be private opinions expressed publicly without being seen, at least in part, as company policy? I’m actually asking.
Update: Chris White responds to my question with a lengthy reply after the jump.
I wanted to write a response to your questions and then tell you and your readers…why I write.
In addressing your question if public people who influence policy should openly write about their positions on sometimes touchy subjects, my answer is this: I believe our country has become so politically correct that it is now strangling the personalities of individuals, if not America itself. In speaking to the the direct question of should I be doing this since I am an officer at Crossroads and an industry leader, I suppose that would be up to each person’s opinion. I guess it is no secret that I am a conservative. I’m not much into political parties, as I have often stated. I’m a person voter, not a party voter. Considering our genre and in thinking about all the people I’m associated with in a normal business day, I am going to be much more in the majority than the minority. If I were in another music genre or some other industry in general, that might not be the case. Therefore my conservative beliefs may serve as a strength, rather than a harm. From the responses I have received, that has certainly been the case.
We are fortunate at Crossroads to have diversity in our thinking from different individuals. This has proven to be a very positive thing through the years, in that it doesn’t allow us to become unbalanced to only one point of view. I would go so far as to say it has been one of the reasons for our success. We try to openly listen to each other and at the end of the day, make good decisions for everyone’s best interest. I can never remember a time when we have made a “business” decision based on one individual’s “my way or no way” philosophy. We have used diversity of opinions as a positive, not a negative.
Now as to why I write. I’m not trying to compete in the world of blogging. This will sound strange to many but, I write as a ministry tool to long-time friends, who are either fringe believers or non-believers. I’m trying to plant seeds in hopes that it will lead them to search out God. They are included in a larger list that I alert when a post goes up. Call it camouflage if you will but, I simply can’t write solely to spiritual subjects. That would become rather obvious, very quickly. Therefore I intertwine them into the secular writings that I know these people have interest in.
I try to interject thoughts of connecting the dots to see if world events are tied to Biblical prophecy. I know for fact, this is an area that is getting people’s attention these days. I also give the reader the self-willed right, to reject that scripture or what God says is actually valid. Such was the case in my last post of Should America Stand With Israel. Though the writing had a political tone, the last segment of it was from a scriptural point of view. One might conclude that the approach is a little deceiving and I would even agree to that. However my greatest desire is to give people an opportunity to think about a relationship with Christ, through a series of planting seeds within the writings. If they reject them, that’s up to each individual.
Though my real purpose is to engage people with God, I’ll admit from time to time, I have gotten to caught up in the secular story lines. That happens because I do get engaged with what is going on in America today. I love America and I want to see her again shine through, in a world that’s gotten darker.
Thank you, Doug, for letting me share this with you and your readers.