Grace is not optional—even in politics

 Grace is not optional—even in politics

Spend enough time on social media, and you will encounter a growing phenomenon of mostly male conservative pot stirrers, defined by their online pot-stirring personas, insisting on being as nasty as they perceive the Left to be. Niceness is anathema, and grace is weakness. Welcome to the post-Christian right.

The reason some on the right reject niceness is because they think leftwing behavior has been successful. Social media conservatives see the success of leftwing mobs ruining careers for errant, decades-old tweets. They see corporate America leaning left, becoming vocal about Texas’s pro-life legislation and Georgia’s election law. They see the embrace of cultural progressivism and the earnest and angry agitation for it nationwide. They are interested in winning the here and now with no focus on eternity.

James Lindsay, an atheist and cultural critic of wokeism and leftwing excess, has given voice to some of the…

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