The day after the furor of Roseanne's racist tweets and her show being cancelled as a result, she once again took to Twitter and offered up a whole host of defenses; some from her and others she retweeted. After she apologized yesterday for one of the racist tweets she has posted, apparently, her apology was solely directed not towards making amends, but to save her job. When it didn't do the trick, she has now switched back to comfortable ground for conservatives who do something wrong: blame everyone but themselves.
However, in spite of my sincere hope that progressive United Methodists jump into the unknown mission ahead through doing things not yet explored, I feel the need to wade back into the conservative/liberal fight that has overtaken the church and prohibited anyone from moving forward. I do this because I find the framing of what is happening in the UMC to be so manipulative and demeaning by conservative elites.
It is interesting that when you begin to imagine what it could be like to let go of your anger and even more, to bless those who once rejected you, it is actually a little frightening. Anger is so comforting in so many ways; it keeps us safe and isolated. But the blurred vision of what loving others unconditionally – even those who have hurt you – brings a glimmer of liberation to light, though it still remains hazy and off in the distance.