Senior Editor Benjamin Fugate interviewed his brother and fellow conservative Aaron Fugate, the author of Overcomers, a novel about two people called to protect a nation from chaos. Here is the interview in its entirety:
1. What is the meaning of Thanksgiving to you?
Thanksgiving is a day to slow down, look back, and remember the good things that the Lord has done for us this year.
2. What is the meaning of Christmas to you?
Christmas is a day to slow down, look back, remember the gift of Christ to us, and praise the Lord for redemption.
3. Which parts of the message of Scriptures are being ignored by mainstream Christianity today?
A lot of what defines the character of God is being forgotten by the church today. In American Christianity, we tend to have an idea that we can shape God into and image that we like and can live with, but this is patently false. God is not just Whoever you want Him to be. His character is clearly defined in Scripture and is immutable.
4. What do you think of the upcoming Trump presidency?
I think that Donald Trump will expand the power of the federal government beyond anything we've ever seen and advance the cause of white supremacists in America for years to come.
5. Which of Trump's plans are you pleased to see him work on?
Really, none. Nothing of Trump's platform conforms to the Republican agenda from 2001-2015. The Republican party has sacrificed everything that they fought for the last fifteen years just to put a liberal in the White House.
6. What disappoints you about President-elect Trump?
He has consistently proven to be untrustworthy to control his mouth (let alone lead a nation) and supports taking away freedoms from people simply because the worship differently from him.
7. What stunned you the most about the 2016 election?
That Trump won. He really connected with the heartland of America, which is something that the Democrat party must examine in order to compete in the next election cycle.
8. How should Christians respond to the Trump presidency?
With faith in God and a desire to search the scriptures to see how to live godly in a godless world. We must also reach out in solidarity to religious groups who are seeing their rights threatened (without compromising our theology) because our rights could very well be the next to go.
9. In what direction should conservatives move now?
Away from Trump, and if necessary, away from the United States altogether. We must not compromise on our principles for political gain. We have a unique opportunity to define our message and promote our brand of inclusive Conservatism.
10. What are some of your solutions for reform in America?
We must come together from all walks of life and all ideologies to promote a conservative consensus agenda for bettering life for all Americans.
11. Is America ripe for a revival?
No, but individual American Christians may be in a better position to come back to God.
12. Who will be the 46th President of the United States?
13. Who will win the Super Bowl?
The New York Giants.
14. Which baseball curse will be broken next?
The Cincinnati Reds' 26-year World Series drought.
15. What solutions do you propose for professional sports?
Competition. The big sports leagues need to be forced to improve their product by having other leagues compete with them.
16. How can fundamentalist churches grow in this century?
By holding firm to the truth of the Bible and working harder than ever before to reach the world around us and disciple Christians.
17. Who is the cutest child in the world?
It's a three-way tie among Lucas, Jason, and Nicolas Anderson.
18. Why should people read your book?
My book is the result of a lot of hard work on my part and it is the outpouring of my heart in story form. It is also a compelling, exciting tale of adventure, daring, and intrigue.
19. How would you explain the gospel to an unsaved person?
"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." - Luke 19:10
20. How else can the church glorify God today?
By worshipping him in a biblical and reverent manner.