Hi everyone! My name is Steve and I am jumping back into the blogging ring.
Blogging. It’s been so long since I’ve done this, and it feels so weird now that blogging is a Thing That People Do™. I used to run a website for people who wanted to blog, but that was before it became mainstream. I guess that makes me a blogging hipster?
At any rate, this blog isn’t going to look anything like my last blog. For one thing my opinions and perspectives have changed dramatically since then. Ever since I cut all ties to the Institute in Basic Life Principles my journey has taken many twists and turns, and it has gone places I never dreamed.
Getting married and having daughters has a way of changing a man, if he lets it.
Going into the world and working with humans who don’t agree with you will affect you, if you let it.
Having one’s interpretation of God’s word reasonably challenged will reveal problems and opportunities to re-evaluate, if one lets it.
The problem is, I was taught for the first two thirds of my life not to let it. Don’t let it. Don’t even listen. That’s a problem, because I needed changed, I needed affected, and my interpretation needed revealing. Did the people who taught me this know that? I’m not sure, and I don’t care. I don’t blame them for the ugly person I was. I just thank God that I’m not that person anymore.
So why start blogging now? I would be lying if I told you I’ve had nothing to say for the last decade. I’ve had a lot of things that I wanted to write about. However, I never felt as though my thoughts were put together enough to put them out there. You see, I like to polish my thoughts before I present them to the world. In these years of transition, there was simply no way to put them together coherently. I was still trying to reconcile what I was taught for years with what I now knew to be reasonable and coherent (and most importantly, TRUE). That process took ten long years. I think it is nearing completion.
I find it funny that the timing worked out the way it did. I finished the process just in time to watch my catalyzing call-to-action event unfold. This business with the Duggar family has jolted me into action at the precise moment in time I feel prepared and ready. Jessica Kirkland’s statement about her daughters thinking they can “breathe fire” pushed me. There is so much for a feminist to write about now, especially if that feminist is merely a male ally. Slowly, the everyday people in the fundamentalist movement are becoming more and more open to the input of others. This is the time to act. To write. To speak.
So I’m starting up this blog. And I’m going to try to keep up with blogging. I hope you join me on my journey. I hope it’s fun.
And I hope we change someone’s mind for the better.