Actually don’t. The optics are off, but end-of-year blogging brings out the worst of the medium:
There is always both wheat and chaff in hurried weekly commentaries. A look back on the past year of my RNS writings reveals plenty of both.
I was right, I think, in my claim that progressive and conservative evangelicals are heading for divorce, though it will never be an entirely clean or complete one.
I was right that America’s national character is eroding — that one sign of that erosion is the nature of our politics and another is the nature of our social media.
My improved peace of mind and retention of good relations with friends and family suggest I was right to abandon Facebook last summer.
I was right that clergy entanglement with American politics is an abiding temptation that regularly makes clergy useful idiots to politicians.
I was right that the (mainly white) Christian right’s embrace of Donald Trump was deeply discrediting to the Christianity that group purports to represent. At least, I believe I was right.
I also think I was right in my regular critiques of the campaign rhetoric and policy proposals of Mr. Trump. Now we all hold our breath to see what kind of president he will actually be.
I was right that differences about ideology, politics, and faith continually tear at the fabric of our society, our churches, and our friendships.
I was right that middle ground on the LGBT issue is eroding.
I was right that the resolution of the Wheaton College/Larycia Hawkins case and her forced departure deeply wounded the cause of Christian higher education, not to mention Professor Hawkins and Wheaton.
It goes on.
Why don’t the smartest people in society not see the problem of self-evaluations? Have they never watched a Coen brother’s movie?