Even when I was a boy, Jesus’ claim that his yoke was somehow easy and light mystified me. Had he not warned of heavy, even severe, costs for following him? In Bonhoeffer’s unforgettable words, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” What’s easy about that?
I landed my first paid political campaign job shortly after college. After months of envelope-stuffing and minor editing roles, I was thrilled by my candidate’s offer: “Want to fly with me to attend a fundraiser for a candidate I’m trying to help down south?” Boy, did I ever.
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