Back At It

The last few months have been disheartening for me as a person of faith.

There are many who have said the election is over — it’s time to move on. It’s time to give our new President a chance to lead.

For my part, I decided to go largely silent a few days after the election until inauguration day. Part of that was grieving. Part of that was despondency. Part of that was knowing that my comments on social media wouldn’t change hearts or minds. And yes — some small part of that was a very small hope that maybe our President Elect said all of the stuff he said just to pander to voters and that he wouldn’t enact all of the stuff he said he would. I wanted to give him a chance. I wanted to hope that he would surround himself with advisors that would mitigate and intermediate.

Our President’s actions over the last week have confirmed many of the pre-election concerns I had about his ability to lead and govern in a way that cares about the least of these among us.

I recently listened to Episode #34 from the Liturgists Podcast. It’s a great episode and I encourage listening to it. Amongst many things that stood out was a set of statements around the 11–13 minute mark that politics simply can’t be compartmentalized. You can’t say that politics is a different conversation than church and family and whatever else. The ability to not talk politics is itself an embodiment of privilege. It’s all connected.

For that reason, today, I’m re-activating this blog I started just over 10 years ago and had all of a couple posts on. I hope to think through and work through what it means for me and my family to try and follow Jesus in an imperfect world.

I hope to not have every single post focus on politics. But for probably at least the next few posts here, I will explore issues that happen to be political but that are driven by my faith.

I currently have zero followers for this blog, and I have no delusions that anything I say here will be read by others or make an impact. But at least for me, I hope this process will be cathartic and more productive than simply sharing and retweeting the latest frustrating articles of the day.

With love and respect,

Aaron