The formerly conservative evangelical progressive
Is one who has mastered the art
Of perfectly pronouncing
The secular world’s conventional wisdom.
Or that promising young writer
Has received many a delightful affirmation
From all the right people
For having learned the amazing trick
Of echoing the cultural consensus
Just as it begins to safely coalesce.
They manage this despite having come
From unfashionable places
Or maybe even
The Southern Baptist Convention.
So, perhaps they could be forgiven
For losing patience with the rest of us
As we persist in our stubborn failure
To see the light
Shed by their liberated radiance.
We are moved only by our tribal hatreds.
But they have become
Avatars of love.