At the risk of offending, I believe that following Jesus is political.
Dear Friends and Family Who Cast Your Vote for Donald Trump on 11-9-16,
Some of us have talked about our differing politics but I write this letter about something bigger than politics. I hold sacred assumptions about you. Because I have known you and loved you for a long time, I trust that these things are true:
- You love Jesus.
- You love your country.
- You want to do the right thing. (The right thing = The loving/fair thing)
Some of you have explained to me that you voted for Trump for the sake of the Supreme Court. Some of you said that you couldn’t bring yourself to vote for Hillary Clinton and I have trusted that that had less to do with her gender than her politics.
We have mutual friends and family who could not vote for Hillary Clinton, but they also could not vote for Donald Trump. They wrote in their preferred names knowing that those write-ins would not win, but at least they could live with themselves.
We are now living in a world with a President whose behavior should not make us proud as Americans. It’s behavior that’s disturbing if we are serious about following Jesus. This was true prior to the election but it’s even more true now.
I love you and I have no idea whether or not you regret your vote. But my hope is that you will take responsibility for your vote. My hope is that you will stand up for people in public if you witness seeing something as disturbing as what our President has said and done in public. My hope is that you will offer your hand to those who are in trouble through no fault of their own. Or even if their trouble is self-imposed, who hasn’t made terrible choices in life?
My hope is that you will educate yourself on what’s true and what’s not true. For example:
“If you’re on food stamps and you’re able-bodied, we need you to go to work.” (President Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney) Note: According to the Department of Agriculture, 44% of those reliant on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – aka food stamps – have jobs. They simply don’t make enough money to buy food for their families.
I know you have compassion for vulnerable people. I believe you believe that hard work should be rewarded no matter a person’s race or creed. I trust that you are against bullying and arrogance. I hope I am not coming across as bullying or arrogant here because that’s not what I want to do. I don’t know how to ask this of you in any other way. Please speak up for the poor, the sick, and the disenfranchised. Please consider the plight of refugees in the name of Jesus who was himself a refugee in Egypt.
Sounding self-righteous here is not my intention although I probably sound self-righteous. I love you and treasure you. And I also want you to share your thoughts with me about how we might work together to fight racism and sexism and hatefulness. Donald Trump is a child of God, as we are. But we have got to work together to be the people God created us to be, even if it means standing up against this President.
Thanks for reading this. Jan
Video from yesterday’s NATO meeting. The man shoved aside is Dusko Markovic, the PM of Montenegro.