The word courage or “counter-cultural witness” is typically reserved for those willing to die themselves rather than a term for those using oppressed minority groups as a bullet shield for their own existential anxieties about losing political power in a changing world.
When the flood waters of my existential anxiety about what my life is supposed to be about recede, so will the usefulness of all the things I clung to in order to survive the storm of my uncertainty.
Tennessee, perhaps you should rethink your state book proposal. Because the ancient text you’ve selected doesn’t have incredibly favorable things to say about government officials who leverage religion for personal, financial, and political gain.
Make sure you leave enough in the tank for the moments requiring actual faith, hope, and love in the real world.