“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Pastor Bonhoeffer wrote this over 70 years ago and never has it meant more to people of faith, called to stand for Justice and Peace.
It is a sad day for our nation, that so many well-meaning citizens have set aside the values they claim for political expediency and hope for “change” It is my prayer and hope that I’m wrong about Mr. Trump and his administration, although, a few days after the election, I hear the same message I heard throughout the campaign; a message of misogamy, racism, xenophobia, fear, violence, and homophobia. There will certainly be change and the anticipation of living in Trump world causes me grave concerns for our nation and for the legacy my children and grandchildren will inherit.
Advocate, work, and pray for peace and justice.
I wrote the paragraph above just after the last presidential election. Even then, there was a glimpse of hope in that Donald Trump was not who he revealed during the campaign. One year later, Mar, 2108) not only is he who he revealed, he is worse. We’ve seen his disregard for the rule of law, promotion of “values” that are only business tools to enhance his and his minions’ wealth. Worse than the man himself are the people who support him, especially those who claim to be Christian. Donald Trump is the antithesis of the values of the Christian faith, those who embrace him, his policies, and his amoral behavior, surrender their values to his.
The Republican party and those who currently serve in national and state legislatures have been empowered to follow Mr. Trump’s lead and disregard their vow (oath of office) in order to serve personal gain and power. The Democratic party is sitting in a corner sucking their thumbs at least and at worse, supporting the same morals and philosophy of personal gain over public interest. It is time for a change. Drastic change that can only happen when people of faith remember their values and morals as reflected in their religion – especially Christians, and show up at the voting booth and support candidates who have moral values that reflect the ideas this nation was built upon.
The Reverend Eldwin M. Lovelady
Retired Military Veteran, Episcopal Priest, Parent and Grandparent.