We all have different opinions. I am not about berating someone for their choice or opinion. For this reason, I stayed off the political spectrum for most of my adult life. Spiritual people can be found in any (or no) political faction. Yet something different happened in 2016.
This wasn’t simply a conservative vs. a democrat. This wasn’t a Bush in office, or a Ted Cruz. This was a man who openly negated Christian theology, and yet many Christians framed him as the Holy (and only) choice. This was a man who openly flirted with racism and hate groups (even pretending he didn’t know what the KKK was when interviewed about their support of him.)
I can’t blame a fox for acting like a fox. I can’t judge a farmer for mistakenly letting the fox into the hen house. But when this becomes the norm, we can’t simply sit by and watch it happen. We have to point it out. It’s not about judging, but rather this is about reminding people of their higher calling.
Donald Trump repeatedly brought up his feelings about the world. He said at one time or another, during his campaign:
- The families of terrorists should be killed or tortured
- Tortue tactics should be more aggressive
- He (Trump) could shoot a man and not lose a single vote
- He (Trump) could look a refugee child in the face and tell them they have to leave the country
- That refugees aren’t welcome
- That the undocumented workers are a threat and must be removed
- That Muslims are a threat and must be controlled (even put in a database)
- He (Trump) was skilled in mocking people (women, men, the handicapped)
These ideas are dangerous… they lead to mass incarceration, deportation, family destruction and perhaps even worse. The nation’s hate crimes have skyrocketed and the narrative the believers follow is that “it’s always been like this.”
I have concluded, that the Christian community that elected Donald Trump will not remove their support, no matter what happens… because I’ve never seen followers of fear and hate every change their course.
He owns them. They wear his mark in their hearts.