A THREAD ON GRACE
1/I see a lot of Republicans calling for "grace." I'm writing a book on this topic right now and here is one of the most important things to know: ACCOUNTABILITY is grace. Grace is not letting people do what ever they want and looking the other way.
2/Grace creates a space between the person and the action and recognizes they are more than the thing they did. This means there is a path back for them if they take responsibility for their actions and commit to creating wholeness where they caused brokenness.
3/God's grace is unlimited; but here on earth more is required of you to get back in right relationship when you have caused harm. Grace is not a way to spiritually bypass bad behavior; just wave hand and say "oh let's let it go."
4/Grace helps us see the humanity and dignity in people who we might actually despise. "Loving is not liking" as @RichardRohrOFM likes to say.
5/Grace is really hard and is antithetical to the brutal way we have become accustomed to interacting with each other. But it never, ever means allowing people cause harm without being held accountable.

My book is out in September so I'll have much more on this!!

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18 Feb 19
1) I have spent the last few weeks in a mostly Twitter free zone to spend time reflecting on what role I may have played in what indisputably has become a dangerously toxic culture. I am not proud of what I have found.
2) I work hard to see
every side of an issue and also speak up when I see a wrong. But in
doing that I am too often judgmental and condemning--both on and off social media--in a way that is
contrary to my belief system and my faith.
3) I want to stand on the side of justice and equality but also of grace and I have failed to do that. Part of grace is recognizing my own fallibilities and imperfect judgment and reminding myself that there but for the grace of God go I.
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4 Jan 19
1/Respectfully disagree w/my colleague @CillizzaCNN. He says, "People don't hold Trump to the same standards that they hold other politicians to." Therefore, he argues Tlaib (and thus Dems) will be punished more for her profanity. But the reason she's treated differently matters
2/ Where were the shrieking headlines when Trump said the same word she used? We need to be clear that there is a major double standard here: white man can curse but if a woman, esp a brown one, esp a Muslim one does it....she will be punished...
3/3 Also let's let's not take complaints from the religious right about @RashidaTlaib seriously when they could care less about DJT using the exact same word she used (and more).
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