It’s hard to keep up with all the consequential things happening during this presidency. In Donald J Trump’s name, decisions have been made that significantly impact the lives of Americans and the world and will continue to do so – long after he’s gone. Be it law, climate, health, trade, immigration or safety, this man rules through the power of his gut and own self-interest. Not Democracy or knowledge. What is going on at America’s southern border exemplifies this: in separating asylum-seeking parents from their children and relishing the ensuing turmoil and conflict, in hiding behind a veneer of law-abiding reasonableness while ignoring the Rule of Law and legal precedent, our president is reshaping America in his own image. And by letting him, our country is living up to the “Ugly American” pejorative.
As his henchmen scramble to defend a proclamation that further victimizes victims, some choose to cherry-pick biblical quotes for absolution or justification. They turn to false teachers who preach unchristian behavior in the name of Trump: “He is God’s Chosen One”, they lie. And they promise damnation if you disagree.
Maybe they should read Timothy 4:3-4, “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” To which I say, “Preach!”
Believers are squaring off – each to their own corner of interpretation – confident that they have been led there by the Holy Spirit. But the Golden Rule is easy to understand: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”, Matt 7:12.
Doesn’t take a genius or a biblical scholar to understand Mathew’s meaning: walk a mile in their shoes.