Friends, what I want to tell you is this.
The resistance is going to be messy.
You are more ready than you know.
You will make mistakes.
You will need to learn.
You will try things that do not work.
You may find out you have privileges you didn’t even know about.
Guilt will raise it’s head.
Someone, maybe family, will get mad at you.
You might make your mother cry.
And all this will be correct.
These are the kinds of life experiences that happen when we decided to finally resist a broken system. When we chose to aim for healing. When we shed skins that don’t fit. When we finally stand up to our full height.
It’s not always going to feel good. We aren’t always going to be victorious. But when we bump up against these uncomfortable reactions, we will know we are on the right track.
And here’s the good news….
If you are religish, you already know how to handle it.
You, my friend, have skills.
In the introduction to Religish, I point out that a lot of religious folks think of religish people as spiritually lazy. The tell us we are picking up traditions off a buffet table. We have no real commitment. We are theologically undisciplined.
But I say, that right-fit spirituality isn’t lazy or misguided.
“You are not a lazy person abandoning your faith. You are a clever person, making a mindful and appropriate response in an expanding world.”
Now apply that, to the Resistance.
People may be telling you you are abandoning “your” president. That you are misguided and misinformed. That you’ve left the “values” behind that “make America great.”
But I say..
“You are not a lazy person, abandoning your country. You are a clever person, making a mindful and appropriate response in a world that is out of alignment with the values of justice, mercy, compassion, and community.”
I know it’s hard to take the comments of conservative family and friends. I know it’s maddening to be faced with inane and uniformed arguments. I know, no matter how old you are, it hurts to disappoint your parents.
But you’ve done it before. You can do it again.
Building a religish life is about creating a set of right-fit spiritual practices that are rooted in your history, authentic to who you are today, and creative enough to grow with you.
Building a religish resistance is about creating a set of life-practices that are rooted in our (true) history — which means acknowledging within our national narrative injustice, dominance, and oppression.
Building a religish resistance is about being authentic to who you are today — someone committed to divesting from privilege and moving, however imperfectly, towards equity.
Building a religish resistance is about being creative enough — not to be set in our our “American heritage” — but to be responsive to the needs of a growing country.
You’ve done this before. You can do it again.
I’ll be back next week with some basics on figuring out where to fight.
Until we meet again I hope you’ll get curious.
Trust Your Gut.
And live from a place of love.
But most of all, I hope you’ll #getonyourboots.
With Warmth and Fire,
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