It’s no secret I was deeply disappointed by the results of our most recent election. I haven’t been able to write about it. 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for an unrepentant, misogynistic demagogue who promised to build walls and continue this country’s legacy of othering people of color. This was a difficult election for all of us, but wow! It’s been a struggle to come here and pretend that didn’t happen. I couldn’t do it.
Our differences have crept out in tweets and posts and status updates. We’ve all seen them. As much as I feel this election may have revealed about the communities I engage with online, I also know it’s revealed for you, more about me. We’re all so different. What do we do about that? How do we hold each other accountable as Christians without hurting each others feelings?
I’ve talked with a few of you privately, in an attempt to understand but still … no words. Perhaps you’ve felt that way too.
But I both honor and am grateful for this space. I believe in the good work Gods done in this little corner of the online world. It is kingdom building, kingdom dreaming work. But it is not done. We still have so much work to do.
And so the link-up continues.
This little experiment we’ve got going could be all God glory or a holy hot mess. At every turn lies the potential for rapturous joy or some kind of hellish explosion. I’ve wondered which way we were headed and prayed about ways to with grace, move forward.
The only word that repeatedly comes to mind is accountability.
For as many stories we have about women who’ve bravely taken a stance when it mattered, there is also a history ripe with the stories and images of women weeping over the injustices of the world – and doing nothing about it. I won’t let that be me. Please don’t let that be you.
If you voted for our current president-elect I ask you to take a stand against the kind of othering that will further divide our country. I ask that you hold your chosen leader accountable.
So for now, that’s all I’ve got. Forward for now means accountability. Use your voice for good in the places and spaces he’s allowed you the opportunity. Be kind – to all. Show and be love.
That opportunity exists here – in our online world. I still believe that.
I’m willing to trust God to show me more of what moving forward can look like. How about you?
In the meantime, and until more words come … there is still so much to learn, experience and celebrate.
Here are a few of the good things that made their way to my world this week … enjoy!
Let your handmaiden find grace in your sight … #GiveMeGrace