I have never before followed American politics with much interest or concern. I have also never before worried that the catchphrase from “The Apprentice” would be used on a nuclear missile at some point by the show’s potential-future-president.
Dictionary.com seems to share my concern. Whether it’s trending internet searches or the editor’s political agenda that generate the word choice — “demagogue”, “xenophobe” and “rabblerouser” have each found their way to my inbox with links to articles about Donald Trump’s divisive presidential campaign.
As a Christian, I have been recently reflecting on these events. For if my love of Christ is outworked in the way I love others, what does my (at best) passive bemusement concerning the race for the future ‘leader of the free world’ mean? What if I agree with/endorse statements about Donald Trump’s ability, fragility and menace? Do I contribute to the incendiary comments about his lack of worth as a person as well as a president?
Should we just set fire to Donald Trump?
From Diatribe to Dialogue.
Often we can feel moved to action, moved to change or moved to object against issues of cultural and international significance. But have we checked that this is the movement of the Holy Spirit? We are called to be a message of life amidst a culture hell-bent on fear-mongering – so we ourselves must not be governed by fear or anger or hate. Check your motivation as your write or interact with others. How can we honour them through conversation and the way we respond to their concerns? We are called to speak love, in truth. The other way round gets too messy, and love always ends up last.
From Broadcaster to Communicator.
It’s easy to ‘chuck’ something up on Facebook and let the ‘fates’ decide. But this is irresponsible when we are charged with championing the eternal gospel and sharing in the life and death of Christ. Jesus brings clarity, truth and compassion wherever He is at work – so if you feel strongly about a subject, spend time researching, speaking to wise confidants, listening to God and considering the hearts of the people you are wanting to interact with so your communication strikes true.
For God so loved Donald Trump…
Yeah, she’s a hard one to handle. It is hard not to fear the man who has transformed his tv-reality-star self into a very present reality as the star-spangled banner’s future leader. And yet Jesus sees him, and loves Him. The Holy Spirit longs to bring him discernment and wisdom, and to use him as an instrument of humility and justice whatever office he resides in. The Father desires to share community with His son. And so my response should never be to deride, belittle or beat down a child of God — but instead to intercede.
Creators of dialogue. Use your creativity to engage others in areas of passion and compassion. Ask the Lord to lead your way in changing futures, governments and hard hearts. Get your heart right, your facts straight and your head in the game.
Communicators of hope. Use your words to plant life in areas of desert and death and hopelessness. Be a champion of justice, illumination and inclusion in the way you interact with other humans.
Let us be Christ; Seeking every day to know Him more so there can be more of Him. Let us intercede for the powers that be and the powers that will be. Let us always be tempered with love. James 3:6 says “the tongue is a fire”. Let us keep it holy Lord, for you — in speech, writing and action.
Don’t let me set fire to Donald Trump.
Bless you and the way you write,
and pray today.