I’m over at Off the Page today for this month’s “Ask Addie” column. Today, I’m answering a question from a progressive, Jewish woman about how to have good, meaningful post-election conversation with her evangelical relatives during Thanksgiving.
“My relative posted on social media that you shouldn’t place so much significance in one man or woman…but instead should find security in Jesus,” she wrote. “But I am a Jewish gal unlikely to ever find security in Jesus, whose grandmother had to flee because of one man.”
How, she wondered, should she approach this in a way that would help her relatives understand where she’s coming from? Is it possible to find connection in these divisive spaces?
I’ll be honest. I almost didn’t respond to this question.
I am a notorious avoider-of-conflict. I never post anything on Facebook (at least on my personal page) other than cute pictures of my kids and links to articles about the Gilmore Girls. When I say something even remotely political on my blog, my stomach is in knots for days. And when things get politically heated at the dinner table, I am the one who keeps topping off her wine glass, stress-drinking until I’m half under the table.
As such, I feel like I’m the worst person to answer anyone’s questions about having good, healing dialogue about politics.
And yet…I am an evangelical-ish person who believes that there is indeed a kind of steadied hope in person of Jesus Christ. And I am a person who trying very hard not to freak the hell out about the future of our country in light of the events of recent weeks. So maybe I’m actually the best person to answer this question.
At any rate, I gave it my best shot. Click here to read my response at Off the Page!