"Open threads are kind of the "watercooler" on a blog and I agree with WCP. I miss 'em." Quote from kowalski on yesterday's trial open thread.
So there you have it, folks. I loved the analogy and decided to name this Daily Open Thread the Watercooler. I heard from Bill S. yesterday, too, and he said he doesn't have a problem with me doing this each day, so we're off and running.
I was surprised how many others expressed how much they miss not having an open thread. I think having one plays a crucial role in keeping spirits up and creating a more cohesive community. So, you know what they say about starting a new enterprise. If you see a need, fill it. I got tired of craving an open thread and waiting for "someone" to do something about it. As much as I have had a hard time adjusting to the redesign, I just can't seem to get away from RedState so, God willing, I think I can throw something together each day.
I don't want to over-commit myself or back myself into a corner in terms of what I write, but since so many RedState members are faithful Christians (and yes, that includes Catholics) who try to honor God in their lives, I thought I would try to find a scripture that we could meditate on or be reminded of as we go about our conservative political activism each day. As many of you know, I wrote several diaries when I first came to RedState confessing to feeling really convicted and bad about some of my conduct as a newbie to the political scene. And I still struggle with it. Our nation is in deep, deep trouble and we need God's help and direction (not to mention mercy) to find our way out of the wilderness.
I also weep and cry out to God a lot because in the current political environment, conservatives and God-fearing people are so despised, mocked and generally hated for trying to do good. And I wonder...how did America get here?
Anyway, the scripture I thought of for today is one from the Sermon on the Mount. In Jesus' words:
"Blessed are those who do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled." Matthew 5:6
No matter how much we are hated by the world or how much it looks like we are losing, I believe it is righteousness that most conservatives are seeking after. Indeed, we hunger and thirst after it. We want a righteous government and righteous public servants. And according to Jesus, that makes us blessed. With a promise that we shall be filled. So, be encouraged and know that your work will not go unrewarded.
Well, I think that's enough for today. Have a great Saturday and feel free to stop by the Watercooler any time you get thirsty and need to hang out.