All I can think about tonight is #keithlamontscott's son, who arrived at the bus stop to find his father dead.
It's so tempting to compare your visions and gifts to those being manifest in the people around you—resist! Only you are you. Lean into the things you are called and compelled to do. "Comparison is the thief of joy." -- Theodore Roosevelt
Christians, we should be really, really, really difficult to offend—perhaps impossible.
The calisthenics and pretzel-twisting in which many Christians have engaged to "forgive", write off, or ignore Donald's foul, rapacious, cruel words on that tape are devastating. I'm not shocked, but I'm still heartbroken. Before you "but Hillary" me or "but would you vote for a woman who" or "but Bill Clinton" me—I'm not even talking about her, or voting for her, or not voting for her, or Bill Clinton, or anything to do with anyone but this man named Donald Trump, whose disparaging, predatory, misogynist words and actions toward women have been all too obvious in public record: not just in this instance, but in many others—this man upon whom so many voters have rested their hopes as being manageable in spite of being a moral and intellectual blunderbuss—this man who courts believers and grabs female genitals as though he owns them both. I value forgiveness; but forgiveness doesn't come without a cost to someone, and it certainly need not mean voting someone into power who, until his presidential campaign began, has regularly and publicly made a practice of bragging about his sexual conquests, including non-consensual ones. It certainly need not involve overlooking a mindset that is so blatantly anti-Christ when the man hasn't even publicly repented for his words, but has instead dubbed them "locker room talk" and issued casual apologies that show absolutely no remorse, grief, or change. It certainly need not mean betraying all the women of this world for the dangling carrot of a conservative Supreme Court. When I was in high school I was repeatedly assaulted by a man at church, and he offered me certain "perks" (more work hours, extra hourly money for babysitting, etc etc). Do I forgive him? Yes. Would I assist him in achieving more position and influence because he might protect and prefer me? Absolutely not. So, whoever is elected—I offer this word to Christian men who dismiss that assault commentary of Trump's as 'locker room talk', know that I see you. I know not to trust you—I know you are dangerous. If that's what goes on in your locker rooms, in your church offices, if this conversation is something you view as normal and understandable in not only other men but *in a man you are attempting to put into our most powerful position*, I will be going nowhere near you in future. I will not be reading your books or attending your events. You have been exposed. I pray you repent. I pray we all do.