Our country was founded on the principles of the enlightenment. Liberalism may have been born in France but it lives in America. Conservatives are the protectors of the good ideas of the past and Liberalism, being old, has come to be called conservative. No matter what you call it though, the voice of the founding fathers can still be heard loudly. It sounds like liberty and brotherhood.
That’s what we need more of now. Brotherhood. There are people in this world who haven’t always been nice to me. I haven’t always been nice to them. I disagree strongly with people on many topics. When I argue I argue to win and I don’t pull any punches but those fights are always fights about ideas. They’re about what ideas should shape the world and what ideas to hold in our hearts. Ideas matter to me a great deal but they come nowhere close to mattering as much as the people I share this great country with.
Everywhere I’ve ever been my community was the most important thing in my life. My family, my church, my friends and my neighbors have always been the reason I was able to get so far so fast. Every success I’ve ever had was built on top of the support of a loving mother, the guidance of a strong father and connection to a great culture.
I’m taking a sabbatical from my job as a software engineer at Google to work full time on my ministry. I feel that the greatest thing I can do for this country right now is to ask people what they need and trust that they know better than I do what that is. We need to stop fighting each other and realize that no matter which ideas we think are right, we all need to put aside our differences and support each other.
That doesn’t mean agreeing with everyone and telling them that they’re right. It involves sensible things like continuing to safely engage with your community instead of needlessly isolating yourself. It also means taking sensible precautions like wearing a mask in shared spaces and washing your hands frequently. Be aware of whether the people you come in contact with live with their elderly grandmother or not. Take the middle path. Don’t overreact in panic and don’t dismissively go out and spread disease.
We’ve only got another month or so to go before it’s safe to start bringing things back to normal again. South Korea and other countries with strong senses of civic duty have shown us it can be done. Keep up your spirits! Call your neighbors and see how they’re doing. Go for a walk in the park but…