"I'm a Christian first and a mean-spirited, bigoted conservative second, and don't you ever forget it." –Ann Coulter
Whatever I am politically, I am not a conservative. Consequently, I am no fan of Ann Coulter. And her recent Tweet using a pejorative word to describe the President which is hurtful to others – it was on the playground and it is now -- is not one I appreciate.
That said, I have to admit that I both laughed out loud and admired the spirit of the quote above, cited by Wikipedia's bio. I have had to wonder whether the same is true of me or not. Am I a Christian first and all the other things that might describe me second?
The judging me wants to say that if you’re truly a Christian first, you don’t get to be bigoted and mean-spirited at all, let alone second. But the humor-appreciating woman me wants to say hat’s off for a really good self-lampoon that just might point to a larger truth: there are many ‘mes’ in each and all of us. To observe that about ones’ self can be a canard – offered up to deceive others with one’s apparent true civility, all other evidence to the contrary. Or it can actually be a candid moment of self revealing. In Ms. Coulter’s case, maybe it’s both. Maybe it’s neither.
But before I go off on a rant at someone else’s behavior, I might do well to stop and take stock of my own and ask what list might be reeled off about my own second-place characteristics and found wanting.
Just a thought.