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Author: John Pavlovitz

Speaking the truth in love: An open apology to homophobic Conservatives who identify as Christian

Dear Conservative Christians, I wanted to express my sincere regrets at how our recent exchanges have left you feeling. It seems I’ve offended you in some way and I want to apologize for that. I’m sorry you feel persecuted when I confront you, that you feel unfairly judged by my pointed words, or that it seems like I’m being purposefully cruel, as that isn’t my intention. It’s just that sometimes my faith gets the best of me and in my sincere desire to help people I can come off a bit abrasive or rude or intolerant. Come to think...

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Political PTSD: How the MAGA movement is making otherwise mentally healthy people emotionally sick

“I feel like I’m losing my mind.” These words are a continual presence these days. I hear them a couple hundred times a day in one form or another. I read them in desperate social media outbursts. I find them in my inbox from friends and from strangers. I hear them in my own head. They are the symptoms of a shared sickness we now find ourselves afflicted with: a sprawling homegrown mental health crisis, the genesis of which can be traced to a single Wednesday morning in November of 2016. They are part of a growing national neurosis...

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The exhaustion that Blue people endure when living in a Red America that refuses to see them

I have spoken to a lot of exhausted people recently, even with the good news that many of us have experienced through this country. Though, nationally there was no massive Red Wave as predicted by the pollsters and the media, these activists and caring human beings have been battered by the surrounding flood waters for a long time now. They are self-proclaimed blue dots living in red areas who are tired of fighting what feels like a losing battle. They tell me they are sick of seeing people in their communities ratifying racism, codifying misogyny, and amening homophobia; of...

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The myth of discrimination: How the culture of White Supremacy killed Tyre Nichols

“Every police officer who killed Tyre Nichols was Black. This cannot be White Supremacy.” These are words spoken and written by people who see the water pouring from their kitchen faucet and don’t think about the long path of the water coming out of it; the circuitous miles of pipes it had to travel to get to their glass and what it passed through on the way over time and space. The officers who killed him were simply the spigot. White Supremacy is the plumbing. The idea that the violence against Black people committed by officers of color here...

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Reasons for despair: Why the new “Great Depression” comes from our profound sense of political dread

A similar thing happens to me on many mornings lately. My eyes open and I suddenly become aware that I am awake. My mind quickly begins assembling the first few seconds of my day … making plans, organizing my checklist, when a terrible interruption breaks in and I remember: Yes, that unhinged madman was actually our President. And yes, he and his administration really planned a violent insurrection that nearly toppled our Government, simply because he could not admit that he lost an election. That really happened. And what is worse, is that it feels like he is going...

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Compulsory Christianity: The danger of professed Christians who have no real interest in Jesus

There is nothing more dangerous than professed Christians who have no real interest in Jesus. They are rather easy to spot if you are paying attention. They are usually the ones most loudly claiming things like religious liberty while methodically swallowing up the personal freedoms and elemental rights of other people. They incessantly broadcast their devotion of God on their bumpers and bellies, while living antithetically to the compassionate heart of Jesus actually found in the Scriptures. Their spirituality is largely performative: a showy firework display of culture war talking points and religious buzzwords that distracts from the truth...

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