To state the obvious, we have a new president. He was elected, sworn in, and holds that sacred power of the office.
That’s the only normal thing about President Trump. Besides how he was elected and initiated into the office, there is nothing normal about the man. Only yesterday did he announce his much loathed so-called “Muslim Ban”. He placed a gag order on reports from the EPA, USDA, and our beloved National Parks.
This is only the beginning. As a black woman, I can only anticipate the worst.
One of the more unfortunate observations I’ve noted of Trump’s presidency is the amount of support he’s received from people claiming to be Christian.
From the Catholic to the Evangelical to, yes, the Mormon, Trump has garnered support from believes who proclaim to be followers of Christ.
It is sad. It is hurtful.
I frequently try to wrap my head around how devout people can believe in a Christ who criticized money changers and bankers; displayed love and compassion to sinners; who commended the kindness of those from different religions and ethnicities, such as the Samaritans; a Christ who a refugee himself.
I fail to see the connection. I fail to see how a belief in a compassionate and radical savior lends itself to a vote for Trump. I personally don’t even believe he’s Christian or believes in God at all.
Yet he was the choice for those of us who do believe.
While I still can’t understand why Christian America threw its support behind such a man, I can understand the Christianity I follow and what it implores me to do.
My Christianity implores me to feed the hungry and clothe the naked.
My Christianity demands that I open my arms to all people, and love them.
It is my belief in Christ that guides me to look out for even the least of these.
To be a Christian means to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
When we take upon ourselves the name of Christ, we promise to lift each other and bear one another’s burdens. We promise to look out for the meek and the humble and to protect the most vulnerable in our society.
Let those among us practice what we truly preach. Let us tear down walls, instead of building them, because Christ tore down walls for us.