Processing…stand by

Yesterday’s post included more internecine Methodist data than I usually share, but it was clarifying and therapeutic for me to tell the story and to connect the dots with our larger landscape.

I need time to process what’s going on externally (war in Europe, political craziness in the US, church secessions) and internally (family and friends’ medical situations, new opportunities to give and serve, deciding among some attractive dividend stocks, planning a camping trip). So, for today:

Three question-prompting, yet-to-be-processed notes from a men’s retreat last weekend:

“I heard this love story (of God’s unconditional grace) in a transactional time (when Christianity focused on saying and doing things considered correct by the prevailing culture).”

“We’re all in recovery from things that don’t work anymore.”

“Sanctification isn’t a status to be achieved, but rather the process of being made whole.”

From “Sen. Mike Lee’s tweets against ‘democracy,’ explained,” by Zack Beauchamp, Vox, October 8, 2020

3 thoughts on “Processing…stand by”

  1. Today’s Republican leaders (bless their hearts) understand they are, nationally, a minority party, so they will oppose anything that hints of “one person, one vote” on a national scale. The Founders had the same concern, hence Wyoming and California have two senators each. They created the Electoral College to put a throttle on any potential political movement that might enflame the emotions of the masses and result in a radical chief executive. (Stringent original voting qualifications, such as being a white male landowner, also helped prevent a potential “peasant uprising.”) So, with that historical basis, GOP leaders have no problems promoting legislation which they say ensures “voter integrity,” but looks like voter suppression to many people (including me). In 2020, when one Republican strategist was asked whether the GOP should try to expand their base by becoming more moderate, he said the election isn’t about that, it was about “rallying the base.” How does one accomplish that in what is now the Trump party? The easiest and (in the short term) most effective way is to focus on cultural issues, such as immigration, abortion, marginalizing LGTBQ, and–next on the list–contraception. Steve Bannon is the person who most clearly expresses this political ideology. In years to come (if the country returns to a moderate political middle ground), the current Republican political campaigns ads in Alabama and some other states will be as embarrassing as the photo in today’s post.

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