Now, before you think I would vote for him….I wouldn’t. Be assured. Nor do I agree with anything he says. (And please note, this post is full of “us” vs. “them” language, but I in no way assume we all fall into one of these two categories.)
But just because I…or we…don’t agree with something, doesn’t mean it isn’t good for us.
Pundits are amazed that his campaign is still alive. And now even the politicians who were supporting him are rethinking their positions.
The facts are, that there are people “out there” who want Donald Trump to be our next President. They don’t care if something isn’t constitutional. They don’t care if it is fair or moral or respectful. They don’t care what other countries will think or what their neighbors will think. They like what they hear, because it is what they already think.
Those surprised as his popularity are wondering what is happening. How
“those people could think that” and “how dare he say that!”. Yet instead of condemning him for being stupid (yes, that is my personal judgement call), perhaps we need to rethink what our image of the U.S.A. really is.
Black Lives Matter, Lean In and other movements are not isolated reactions to different social or bureaucratic issues, defensive and offensive responses to what has been and continues to be an underlying current of this nation.
Not everyone thinks every person in this world is created equal. Not everyone thinks that every person has a right to his or her own spiritual journey. Not everyone thinks that political and personal freedom should be universal.
Terrorism and Muslims are an easy target this time, but there are many easy targets that get shot at every day. The homeless and pregnant couple living in their car – assumed to be stupid and lazy. The woman consistently overlooked for positions or promotions as the “hunch” is that she couldn’t do it – rather than then those on the other side of the table realizing their hunch is because she looks and acts too female. Or the young man who chooses to live near his family and friends and in a place where he can afford – but happens to be black and therefore automatically a threat.
We need to take this opportunity that Trump created by putting himself out there and speaking his mind. We need to look at our own lives and see in which ways we think the same – maybe not to the extreme as he does – but in what ways do we make assumptions out of fear, hunches, assumptions and experience.
Our image of the U.S.A. needs to be shattered. We are not a place of opportunity and peace for everyone.
Our image of ourselves needs to be shattered. We are not always creating opportunity and peace for others.
Gracious God – May the confusion and anger of this election cycle move us to act. Help us see how in our daily actions we limit the lives and happiness of others. Help us see how we can act out of our blessings and privileges to help others be who you created them to be. Amen.