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February 2021

The Power of Touch

This article in the Guardian explores touching and its absence, especially in light of the current pandemic.   

"Everything we touch has its own specific shape, texture and firmness, its own special resistance to the pressure we place on it. Every hug feels different because everyone you hug takes up space in the world in a different way. No one else has quite the same contours, the same pleats and ripples in their clothes, the same warmth and weight, the same precise arrangement of flesh and bones. Your own body is a one-off, too. It folds into and nests with someone else’s in a way that no other body can."  

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                





I SO wanted to post this to Facebook!!

but I won't.

I’m confused by words, again.

I’ve been reading in an effort to understand the connection between evangelical Christians and Trump.

I started by looking up definitions in a few different dictionaries.
I read an article by NPR here, and this one from Christianity.com hereHere’s Wikipedia’s take on evangelism.

They all agree with my early religious education in describing evangelism as being all about spreading the Gospel and the story of Jesus. The message of Jesus, and indeed most of the New Testament is about love and caring for each other.

Who, What, Why are there so many angry Trumpers among those claiming to be Christian?
Here is an article on the text of Matthew 25:31–46
Where is love among them?
Where is charity among them?
What about helping those who are suffering? 
Where are the loaves and fishes?
How do they overlook Trump’s behavior, his treatment of women, of the disabled, of POC, of Rich v Poor?

Based on my own Christian education, these articles & others, and the words of Christian Trumpers there IS NO connection.
If you feel otherwise, I invite discussion. I confess, I expect only pushback.

In full disclosure, I no longer identify as Christian.
I identify as a human who wants to be morally conscious and generally accepting and loving.

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/08/932263516/2020-faith-vote-reflects-2016-patterns

https://www.christianity.com/wiki/christian-terms/what-is-evangelism.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evangelism

https://dmsbcatholic.com/catholic-faith/what-is-the-core-message-of-christianity/


I need this link to be here, even thopugh I found it after posting my article here.
American Christianity and white Supremacy
https://www.npr.org/2020/07/30/896712611/american-christianity-must-reckon-with-legacy-of-white-supremacy-author-says