I was fortunate to spend last Sunday afternoon with my dear friend Susan, and, as expected, the conversation turned to God and politics.
She shared two stories with me:
Last week she found herself walking to work next to a woman – obviously a Democrat – sporting an Obama button on her bag. Seizing what Susan thought was a great opportunity to learn more about a supporter of this candidate, she asked the woman: “Would you mind telling me why you’re supporting Obama?” The woman looked at her coldly, almost angrily, and said: “No, I don’t like sharing my views on politics.”
We agreed that – whether you’re wearing a symbol of your faith or a political button – if you’re going to advertise your beliefs, you ought to at least be willing to talk about them with curious strangers.
The other story involved her son. Apparently he has an Obama bumper sticker on his car. Sitting at a red light last week, a woman in the car next to him – obviously a Republican – started yelling at him about supporting a man she considered a terrorist and/or the Anti-Christ.
The point is, while it was obvious that both of these women held decidedly strong political views, neither of them was doing their chosen candidate any favors by their actions.
Which brings me to the point of my story.
I love this blog. I love what it’s done for me personally. It keeps me writing every day, helps me figure things out, and gives me something to do besides my other hobby, eating.
Most of all, I love how it helps me stay connected with people from all over the world – my oldest friends like Moe and Nelson and DewMama and my newest friends like Susan and Dave and Pos.
But I realized this week that I’m no good at writing about religion and politics.
I’m offensive. A caterwauling shrew.
A caustic bitch, as my dear friend You Know Who lovingly calls me.
The fact is, like those two ladies from Susan’s stories, I’m not doing my politics or my faith any favors by writing about them here.
So I’m not going to talk about that stuff until I can figure out a way to do it without being rude.
I suspect the solution involves story telling. The best stories don’t beat you over the head with a moral – they sneak up on you, surprise you with how you feel, and offer lessons that can transform your life and your views.
Thanks, Susan, for sharing your stories. And thanks to all of you for staying with me for this long story.
I am listening to: Breathe Me - Sia
I am reading: Nothing
And I am: Still learning
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