There have been so many kind responses (plus a few unkind) to this very personal article, but yours touched me deeply. I have purposely refrained from responding to anyone’s comment because I want this to be an open floor for all opinions, and I also don’t want to slip into defense mode with those who are reading something different in what I wrote. But to you and your very empathetic words, I felt I must respond. Thank you for letting me know I’m not alone, and offering the very healthy ways you’ve redirected your energy. This past week I must have thought about deleting this post several dozen times because it’s not what I want to be known for, and because it really is so personal. But I won’t because it’s so obvious I’m not alone. It’s refreshing (though still sad) to know there are other Jesus followers dismayed by what’s going on politically and in The Church. For the record, my personal church is not a bad church. There’s no fire and brimstone or Trump preached from the pulpit. The problem I really see is The Church, the evangelical one that’s hurting so many by portraying our savior as one who looks more like Trump and less like Jesus, and it’s really, really hard to be a part of a religion like this. Stepping away felt like the only choice, and so far, I think we’re doing okay by it.

I’m all over the place, but I try to be honest in all of it. Find my books and musings at crissilangwell.com.

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