Mr. Thomas calls this "The Rachel Rule." His rule states that there will be blogs that will either make you mad or will upset you or will go against anything or everything you possibly believe in. I don't know if my reminder will go that far, but I want to lay a few ground rules and things you need to know about me.
So, without further ado:
- This blog represents largely a writing exercise and an outlet for me to get thoughts out of my head. It contains my opinion on variety of issues from serious to silly and is filtered through my experiences, biases, etc.
- I promise, I will post on topics that are so niche-focused, so utterly nerdy that anyone but me is going to be bored to tears. I try to keep those to only once or twice a week and to rotate through a variety of topics throughout the week to keep it interesting. I use the labels so that you can screen out certain topics if you want to.
- I will post things that you will disagree with and that will potentially make you upset. I know I am more liberal than the majority of my audience. Probably regarding doctrine and politics both. These are both topics I'm going to write on from time to time.
- I am going to be harder on Republicans than I am on Democrats. While I am not a fan of many politicians of many different political parties, I am growing to despise what the Republican party is becoming. And I reserve the sharpest criticism for them due to one fact above all: the perverse mixture of politics and religion that Republicans promote. Because they purport to hold themselves out as the Christian party, I'm going to hold them to that impossible standard. I also hold them more accountable partly because they are in power, and I'm going to criticize whoever has power more than those in the minority.
- I am likewise harder on churches and Christians than I am on non-believers. Those who profess to believe have identified themselves as recognizing a higher standard. To put it simply, "we should know and act better." And do so based on a reading of the entire Bible. Sadly, we all to often fall far short of this. While I do want to extend grace to those that slip, when errors occur as abuses of power in the church (like the president of Southwestern Theological Seminary) or in ways that belittle the faith they claim to hold, I will be discussing it.
- I am completely open to disagreement and debate. Honest and open dialogue is the only way we can move forward in any civilized society. However, I have a few ground rules for debate:
- I will not tolerate name calling or muckraking. When the thread resorts to calling each other racists, "liberal snowflakes," "libtards," or four-letter words, I will shut it down. Likewise, I'm not going to let stereotypes and sweeping generalities go unchallenged. All liberals do not want the destruction of our country, all conservatives are not bigots, etc.
- I hope for discussion that will foster conversation, not end it. So I expect more than "guns don't kill people, people kill people" in a discussion on gun control, for example. I will not let those conversation-enders stand unchallenged.
- Compromise is not a dirty word. And likewise, I do hope people change their mind from time to time based on what they learn. Including me.
- I follow this hierarchy for the value of information: facts then informed opinions then general opinions. Saying "that's just my opinion" is going to get nowhere with me if it is not supported by the facts.
I do want to thank everyone again who is reading. It really does amaze me that people are. I am humbled by the response.
I did want to get this out there though so if this is not someone's cup of tea, they can back out now.