Trump

I’ve been stewing on what to say about the Christianity Today article Trump Should Be Removed from Office on 12/19. What to say? He was elected by the US voters with the process and ground rules in place to win the nomination and the general election. Yes, social media probably distorted viewpoints, but in the end, he won. He is the US President.

He has done some things that are directionally correct in standing up to some foreign powers and in intending to call out some who really need to be called out. He has, perhaps, appointed more judges and perhaps we’ll have more balance in our courts for a season.

But here is the deal. He is fundamentally not a good person. The CT articles states:

The reason many are not shocked about this is that this president has dumbed down the idea of morality in his administration. He has hired and fired a number of people who are now convicted criminals. He himself has admitted to immoral actions in business and his relationship with women, about which he remains proud. His Twitter feed alone—with its habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders—is a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused.

James Comey wrote this week on Twitter:

I’m not here endorsing or defending Comey and I think the Democrats are equally a nightmare.

The impeachment process in the House has been a show itself. The Democrats wouldn’t let the Republicans bring some witnesses and then the Democrats are stunned and can’t believe the Republicans won’t let them bring witnesses to the Senate trial. Further, Pelosi holding the articles up and not delivering them to the Senate for trial as she is supposed to do further magnifies that all of this is a show.

Trump may directionally get some things right, but he is not a good person and he shouldn’t be the leader of this country.

I suspect the Senate will convene and quickly put this to an end by acquitting or denying the claims. Then the show will continue with the next chapter.

The Democrats may do another impeachment. Trump will tweet away. And our country will continue be led by a morally bankrupt person who we elected.

Shame on us. Shame on the Republicans. Shame on the Democrats. Shame on all of us.

Three days after the CT post, I saw this online:

As I read the Christianity Today essay, I was reminded once again of the words of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: “You can resolve to live your life with integrity. Let your credo be this: Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph. But not through me.” Donald Trump is bringing an avalanche of lies into this world. It’s time for Christians once again to consider whether they want those lies to come through them—through their votes and their voices.

https://frenchpress.thedispatch.com/p/christianity-today-exposed-the-reality

Let’s find better people to be our leaders at all levels of government.

Challenge Your Thinking

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I read a disturbing article weeks ago about how Intolerant Liberals on Medium. As a Christian myself, this article has forced me to think hard about a lot of things. I had to set this aside for a while.

Every single president of this country has been a Christian. Every. Single. President. Barack Obama’s presidency now means that it’s about 20 times easier to become president if you’re white than black. But it’s still infinitely easier to be president of the United States if you’re a Christian. 92% of the House and Senate are Christians. Try throwing a rock in either building and not hitting a Christian.

When your religion is represented by every President in history, and 92% of the governing body that rules your land, I’d say you’re doing okay in the whole representation thing. When conservative politicians have control of the White House, Senate, House, of the country with the most economic and military power in the history of our planet, I think crying ‘persecution’ of conservatives might be suspect.

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Furthermore, conservative Christians have allied themselves with racism, misogyny, homophobia, Islamophobia, mass incarceration, war crimes, death sentences, and gun culture. These Christians work actively to undermine scientific thinking. Anti-evolution, anti-global warming, anti-intellectual, and anti-factual. None of these line up with the values most universities share.

Yes, it’s important to intellectual growth to have variety. It’s important that unpopular ideas get a hearing. It’s important for there to be debate, and changes of heart, and to allow sincere disagreements to continue to wrestle with one another for clarification. I have no interest in our universities being populated by people who think like me. But I do have an interest in them being populated with people who think.

All world views are not inherently equal.

I encourage you to read this article and think about it.

And, today I read an article called, What Does It Profit …? The Faustian Bargain in Full Display at Trump’s Evangelical Dinner which is so true. Trump does not represent my values and although some of the policy things he does I agree with, he is not worthy of leadership or followership. I would impeach him today. He is not a person of character.

I did not vote for him or the other one because I thought both were terribly flawed. Our two party system is failing us.

Related, I’m reading the book, We Should All Be Feminists by Adichie which also challenged my thinking. Haven’t finished it yet, but this relates to my prior post on my old blog.

Challenge your thinking. Listen to those who think differently. Read widely. Think. And VOTE.

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