Oklahoma is an intensely conservative state. “Conservative” means “resistant to change,” which is all well and good when ‘what is’ works for all persons of noble intent. The problem is that so much in society only truly works for a select few, even with our best intentions.
When we encounter this, the just and noble response is to adapt how we function in order to enfranchise more and more people. However we don’t. And what has annoyed me most of late is that our faith doesn’t demand better of us. We have constructed theologies to justify social systems that repeatedly, incessantly produce results we openly label tragic–“but not really speaking to us or about us.”
Again, this is the world I fear for my children.