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Author: John Pavlovitz

The family we no longer recognize: Confronting the results of becoming who we were taught to become

To My Older Relative, I’m writing to let you know that I’m aware of what you think of me, either because you’ve told me during combustible room-clearing conversations, over terse cold war text exchanges, or in second-hand words passed through the people who now serve as the sole messengers between us. You believe I’ve changed. You think I’ve become radicalized by the Left, that I’m a bleeding-heart Liberal, that I’m an anti-Jesus, anti-American baby-killing heretic, determined to destroy the fabric of this nation with socialism, homosexuality, and wide-open borders. You think I’ve abandoned my faith and my family and...

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What we choose to say goodbye to this year will define our national identity for generations

America, we will soon say goodbye to something. One way or another, this year will end with a farewell. It will either close with a glorious, triumphant blast of freedom — or with the sickening death knell of a once – great nation, gone for good. Either America will part ways with this president or we will part ways with democracy. Those are the choices here. This moment is about each of us choosing which we’re committed to losing. It is about deciding whether we will fight for this person, or for the disparate, multitudinous We The People who...

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Not a two-way street: The overwhelming burden of seeking unity with hateful people

Unity. That’s the word I hear a lot right now. In the wake of an election that is still being inexplicably contested by this president (one clearly won by President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris), I am being asked to show unity with his supporters; to extend some instant olive branch of understanding that magically bridges that cavernous gap between us — ones he revealed and is still actively cultivating. I’m sorry, but that isn’t something I’m willing to offer unconditionally and without caveat. We’ve been at this for five years. It isn’t as though I haven’t...

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Kicking and Screaming: How much more pain is Trump willing to inflict on the nation before leaving office?

President Trump, I wonder how much pain you’re willing to cause America. Apparently, more than you already have. It isn’t enough that you have spent every waking moment of the past four years manufacturing urgency for this nation, that you have continually appealed to the very worst nature of your followers; weaponizing them against their neighbors, friends, family members, and strangers. It isn’t enough that you have perpetually trafficked in lies, when the truth would have been much simpler and much less fraught with suffering and sickness; that you were almost habitually allergic to honesty even when honesty would...

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Hatred Dies Hard: Everything we were taught to believe about America has been proven wrong

“This presidential election is like a gender reveal party, but for racism.” – Kyle Joseph Schmidt After the election as votes were counted, it turns out that the results are secondary to what we already know now: we were wrong about America. The fact that it was even close, the fact that more people voted for him a second time, the fact that a higher number of white women inexplicably affirmed him — it is all confirmation that whether we remove the very visible, unsightly symptom or not, the pervasive disease is still horribly afflicting us. Numbed by a...

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A Day of Reckoning: November 3 is the most important Tuesday in our lifetime

We’re all worried about Tuesday, America. It is the place our minds and hearts are solely fixed on. Right now our energies are understandably marshaled and our hopes pinned to this singular day ahead, as if at the end of it we will have some resolution, some sense of closure — as if healing and rest will finally come. But what if things don’t go that way? What if the news is bad? At a recent tour stop, a visibly exasperated woman asked me, through a breaking voice, “What if everything goes wrong on Tuesday? What do we do...

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