I have really held off on this post because I don’t enjoy divisiveness. I don’t like confronting people or disagreeing with them. I am a middle child, and like most middle children, I just want us all to get along. Can I get an amen? Please don’t think this is a Democrat/Republican thing. I don’t identify with any political party and I’m not endorsing one. So let’s just get that out of the way.
It’s with a heavy heart and after a lot of careful thought that I’m going to start calling out our current U.S. administration in areas that cause me concern. I’m not talking about things that I think will affect me personally and make my life inconvenient. I’m talking about language, policies, modes of thinking and acting that seem to have a morally corrupt bent to them. When I say morally corrupt, I’m speaking from a Christian perspective which adheres to two central teachings which guide my life: 1) Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, and 2) Love your neighbor as yourself (see Matt. 22:36-40). The things that I’ve witnessed thus far in our current leader are so far from Jesus’ simple but profound mandate to let love guide your actions, that they really and truly scare me. I would say there is a distinct lack of love in our leaders’ heart, which finds its way into his policies, as well.
You may say, what do you know about moral right or wrong? Why should I listen to you? To that I would answer, won’t you at least entertain what I have to say? I’m not asking you to agree with me–but let my thoughts give you another perspective to ponder.
From the time I was a child, I’ve been fascinated with the world’s injustices. Do you know any young children who choose to study the Holocaust, slavery, genocide? I was that child. I think I studied those things because God put something in my heart that wanted to understand justice; that wanted to imagine what it’s like for people to be hated and killed because of a genetic trait or ethnic heritage; to see what evil can be committed that really only starts with an idea. I thank God that he put that desire to learn in me and I feel privileged to be able to warn people about the power of unchecked and unchallenged ideas, thoughts, speech, and ultimately actions.
I don’t know what direction I’ll be taking with upcoming posts–there is a whole wealth of information and historical examples that I could delve into. Maybe the first post should be about racism–how to define it, and why it persists despite a long history of its awful consequences all across our world. I hope you’ll join me on the journey.