Today is January 21, 2017 and we have seen one of the most controversial president’s ever to be elected, enter the White House. He has already started dismantling the Affordable Healthcare Act without a new plan put in place for a replacement and a way to fix our broken health care system. We are seeing poor cabinet choices, such as Betsy DeVos, who does not have the experience necessary to do this job. Time will tell if Trump will be a good, bad, or ineffective president.
But I have to tell you, I am tired. I am tired of hearing hateful rhetoric from both sides of the fence; tired of our inability to be civil to one another and have a real, meaningful dialogue with those who think opposite of our views and opinions. (It is possible to have dialogue with someone who views things differently. I have both liberal and conservative friends and family who are on opposite sides of many issues, but we still treat one another with love and respect, even though we may disagree.) I am tired of people who instigate violence and looting under the guise of being upset that something has not gone their way. I am tired of liberals and conservatives both being intolerant and disparaging toward one another.
But I think the biggest thing I am tired of is Christians who have set Trump up as a savior. We have a Savior. And he is not Donald Trump. He is Jesus Christ.
But I think the biggest thing I am tired of is Christians who have set Trump up as a savior. We have a Savior. And he is not Donald Trump. He is Jesus Christ, the one who left the glory of heaven, came to earth and lived as a man, set some awesome examples for the way we should love others, and died for each of us – as imperfect and flawed as we are. This post really is not about whether Trump will be a satisfactory president. That will remain to be seen. I will be thrilled if he does a good job, as will many others. This is about the need for Christians to be God’s hands and feet.
We need to bear fruit. Galatians 5:22 puts it best: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.” THAT is what we should be focusing on as Christians. Not denigrating those who do not agree with us. Not fighting over our politics. Not putting all of our hope in a leader here on earth. We need to be focusing on being loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, and faithful. We need to focus on our leader, Jesus Christ. He is a difference maker. If we become his hands and feet, we can feed the hungry, help the hopeless, and love the unloved. If we spent as much time answering God’s call to be his people as we do whining and complaining about the death of American values, our world would be a better place.
So this is my goal this year and all of the years of Donald Trump and all who come after him. My goal is to be someone who bears fruit–who loves, who is joyful, who is a peacemaker, who is patient, who is kind, who is good and most of all who is faithful. My Christians friends–will you join me? Will you pledge yourselves to make a difference in the world around you by letting God’s Spirit work through you? Will you promise to work toward being kinder and gentler? Will you step up and be loving, even to those who are “unloveable” to you?
I am tired of being tired. Instead I want to step up to the plate and make a positive difference in the world around me. Will you join me?