For all the evangelical right who still have the audacity to support Trump while calling themselves disciples of Christ, this hopefully will show you how far from being faithful followers you really are. Trump’s values are diametrically opposed to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
You can follow one or the other…not both. Your choice is clear as to where your values truly are.
This sign in front of the Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace provides a powerful message to all of us this Sunday morning, especially those of us who claim to worship the living Christ. Those living in faithfulness to the Gospel understand that love builds longer tables and even bridges. Only fear and hatred builds walls.
The sad reality is that the Evangelical Right, piously lifting their praise this morning. are the ones who would be reporting Jesus to the authorities tomorrow. So many have never learned the Gospel messages of “love your neighbor as yourself,” and “as you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to me.”
These words by Bobby Kennedy we true when he spoke them in 1968. Today, over 50 years later, they still resonate. Truth is a light that shines down through history undimmed by corrupt leaders espousing hatred and racism. What we really need in our country are true leaders willing to work for justice rather than enriching themselves and toeing the party line.
I’ve met a lot of immigrants in my life. I can truthfully say I have never experienced even one as vile and disgusting as the fear-mongering, white supremacists I have encountered.
The vile, vicious and vulgar rhetoric spewed by these racist bigots is foreign to anything even resembling morality. Their actions declare their beliefs, and what they believe is obviously diametrically opposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Gandhi has the truth of it. The Christ portrayed in the Gospels is full of love and grace. He is compassion and mercy incarnate.
There is little, if any, commonality with the sometimes rabid evangelicals claiming to follow Him and speak in His name. Ugly Evangelicals is a generalization, yet it has become far too accurate in describing so many who profess to be disciples of Jesus.
It is sad when Christians give Christ a bad name. But, isn’t that where we have now arrived?
Not the Ten Commandments, for sure, but this is still a nice concise primer on a subject with which the the church continues to struggle. Perfect love casts out fear. The church’s fear of homosexuality is a perfect illustration of this. We all need more love and less fear.