The last few days, I felt the need to engage with what is happening in the presidential race. And I felt like I had some things I needed to say to American evangelicals, who are my people.
But this election is radioactive. We know that long-term exposure to even small amounts of radiation increases the risk of cancer and can cause mutations in our genes, mutations that can be passed along to children. While we might have to periodically make ourselves vulnerable to this poisonous election, we also need to take care of ourselves, our families, and our communities.
My spirit is heavy. I feel the increasing weight of cynicism, self-righteousness, anguish, and a craving for control. These are symptoms I can’t ignore. Kate feels them too.
Kate and I decided we need to put some distance between our family and the election, if only for a time. We want to be intentional today about opening ourselves up to the beauty and wonder everywhere around us. We want to play with our children, laugh, spend time outside, listen to great music, read poetry, eat good food with our friends and strangers, and expect to be pleasantly surprised by every person we meet.
What William Carlos Williams said about poems is just as true here: It may be difficult to get the news from play, art, nature, prayer, hospitality, and honest work, but people die miserably every day from the lack of what is found there.
A quick note to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump: Please give us a break. A break from the attacks, from the lies, from the vulgarity, from the divisiveness. A break. Please. For even just a day or two. We’re no good to you, to each other, or to the future if we have to drag ourselves weak and nauseous to the voting booth on November 8 and collectively make one of the most important decisions of our lives.