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When God Shouts

Mea culpa and discipleship in the face of an impending Trump presidency.
Nov. 15, 2016
"Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness, and pride of power, and with its plea for the weak. Christians are doing too little to make these points clear ... Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more, than they are doing now."
"We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself."

He was eventually martyred for this stance... for praying for his enemies, while driving a spoke into the wheel of injustice. Just as our Lord was crucified for speaking out against the Pharisees—people that I guarantee you He loved. This isn't "hate" or "sour grapes..." it's DISCIPLESHIP.

I can't say if Trump will follow through on most of his campaign "promises" to his voters (mercifully, as of this writing he's reneging on many already). But if he follows through on even a fraction of them, & runs the country the way he's run his businesses, reality shows, & personal life for the last 20 years, we are about to enter an age of unholy meanness, persecution, & injustice unlike any since the McCarthy era. Within 3 days of the election the Southern Poverty Law Center & Anti Defamation League had reported more than 200 hate crimes (SPLC, 2016; ADL, 2016). That's 200+ hate crimes folks... in 3 DAYS! To wit...

  • A 12 year old black girl was told, "Now that Trump is president, I'm going to shoot you and all the blacks I can find..."
  • In Louisiana 3 white men in a truck yelled at a black woman, "F**k your black life!" & drove away laughing & chanting, “Trump...!”
  • In Colorado "Death to Diversity" was painted on a school banner, & reports of white men approaching women & telling them it was now "legal to grab them by the p***y..."
  • In Michigan, middle school students were filmed chanting, "Build the wall...!"

Etc. etc. etc... This isn't just "frat talk..." it has real, human consequences. My stepdaughter's best friend is Latino & lives in the Eastern Washington (& very Red) town of Yakima. She & her mother are terrified—afraid to leave their home, or even to speak in public when they have to for groceries. Another friend I grew up with is afraid for her job, & the man who owns the gas station where she works, because he's Muslim. The fact that he's decent & hard-working isn't likely to count for much in this climate.

Benjamin Franklin once said,


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