I’m angry, and I’m disappointed. I’m even outraged and sickened.
I’ve seen a lot of excitement from the Christian Right over a Trump presidency. Much of the excitement relates to the “rewinding” of the clock to a time of “traditional values” and dominance. A time when, let’s call it for what it is, the white Evangelical was calling the shots (and women and minorities knew their place).
Friends, there was a lot of ugly during that era. (Hell there is a lot of ugly in our current era.) “Moralism” -which lacked the fundamental value of treating every person with the dignity and respect endowed them by their creator- was brutally forced on those who failed to acknowledge and comply with the “superior” way. Bullying, segregation, racism, brutality, etc., etc. was tolerated and even promoted. We thrived on dominating our “lessers.”
But you don’t have to take me at my word. Do a search on Google, or better yet go to the local library, and browse through our country’s recent history. I’m not talking about things that took place hundreds of years ago, but only a generation or so back.
If this is what you are looking forward to in a Trump presidency, if you require your faith to be legislated in order for it to be legitimate, if love and compassion take a backseat to totalitarianism, then you’re probably not a Christian at all. Rather, a sad individual who needs to be right, and needs to believe their worldview has always been right, above all else.
For what it’s worth, this country isn’t going to Hell for civil marriage equality, wanting to provide affordable healthcare as a right to all Americans, desiring to give our future generation a college level education at no out of pocket cost to them, demanding fair livable wages for workers, or any other “liberal” policy, it’s going to Hell for the way we treat each other.
It’s going to Hell because we are selfish, complacent towards one another, intentionally ignorant (e.g. stupid), and refuse to care about things that don’t directly impact us. As long as we (the individual) are happy and so nothing else matters, then we are on the quick road to Hell.
Y’all, if we can’t get our shit together, if we can’t wake up to realize that we are our brother’s and sister’s keeper, if we can’t abide by the law of love written upon our hearts which demands we respect and care for one another, then, we’re fucked. We will be as animals preying upon one another until there is nothing left.
God save us. God change us.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked an you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”