Leslie, I would instead encourage you to stay. Discourse in the public square is like monkey’s screeching and flinging shit everywhere, but the thing is, if every good person of virtue retreats there’s no one to love their neighbor as themselves and I know you’re a Christian. In much of the Christian world, we become incensed by politics or people’s perceived reaction of us, and instead of being salt and light, we retreat or give up.

It’s important to note that when the scribe asks Jesus “and who is my neighbor?” he responds with the parable of the Good Samaritan, which has become a cultural term in today’s language. We think it’s someone who stops to do the right thing when others don’t. What everyone has missed is that his response to who your “neighbor” is happens to be the Samaritan, someone who the Jews of antiquity reviled and hated. Thus, if we claim to be men and women after God’s heart, then we must engage gently and compassionately with those who would revile us—that extends to those on Medium too.

All this to say that, I believe Blasey Ford and feel that Nic Grossman over at Arc Digital did a good job summing up my thoughts with his recent article, but that’s also besides the point. I’m not going to let what I believe get in the way of loving others on Medium. Many of them are expecting an author to lash out instead of responding in kindness and thoughtful dialogue. Sometimes they’re still hateful… and that’s okay. They’re still a masterpiece. Imagine you were to find a priceless Picasso painting in a dumpster covered in mud. How would you treat that painting? With care and gentleness to wipe away the mud and restore it? Or would you write it off as a loss?

You have such a great voice here, and yes, some of the new changes have sucked on this platform, but I’ve found Medium to still champion my work and other Christians as well as other conservative thought ideals. More so than most places.

So that said, keep after it. I like your work. I like reading your stories. Keep coming back and fighting the good fight. You got people in your corner even when you think you don’t :)

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