Words matter and have consequences, because “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” (Proverbs 18:21). Elections matter and have consequences. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” (Proverbs 23:7). What President-elect Trump has boldly and sinfully stated concerning many Americans; therefore, as Americans, it should be extremely difficult for any “spiritual-moral-minded” American to respect the man. But, as Americans, we must respect the Office of the Presidency. Convince an “immoral-man” against his own will, you leave him immoral, still.
The 2016 Presidential election ushered in an “ungodly war” unlike any in America’s torrid history, because it is strictly spiritual and mental warfare, not physical. The election of Donald J. Trump to the office of president poses a real “spiritual-moral-dilemma” for the American people, as well as, America’s Constitutional governing document. The “Power of the Office” rest with the American people. But, the privilege to love and serve is given to the individual who is blessed to be elected to the Office of the Presidency. President-elect Donald J. Trump is “attempting” to flip the script. To date, thus far, he has been fairly successful in doing so. Words and elections have both material, as well as, spiritual consequences.
Questions: Is America First? Is the Trump family first and last? Or is Russia’s national interest “1.1” that is greater than America’s national interests? It seems as though President-elect Trump is playing “foot-loose and fancy-free” with America’s national interests and national security. Moreover, American lives are caught in the middle of a quagmire of monumental proportions. Words and elections have consequences. Trump voters remember this!
Americans, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7). Tweeting is not an effective way to establish governmental policy nor should it ever be. Executive Orders are procedurally a part of America’s institutionalized governing processes, not TWEETING. “Public Policies” should be enacted utilizing the legislative process (elected officials). Tweeting is dictatorship and a potential tool of Communism, Nazism and Authoritarianism, not Social Democracy. As the “ELECTED-LEADER” of the free-world “tweeting” established American domestic and foreign policies is simply what elephants leave on fairgrounds. In fact, tweeting is a personal pronoun disease called: “Me, Myself and I”. And, the antidote is to stop tweeting American domestic and foreign policy initiatives, because the American governmental system is greater than “I, and I alone can fix it”. The “FIXER is GOD, not humans. Again, words and elections have both material, as well as, spiritual consequences.
Some naïve Americans who voted for Donald J. Trump state emphatically: “Give him a chance”. However, the overwhelming majority of voters almost” (2.9) million, who did not vote for the “Trumpster” emphatically, say, give him a chance to do “WHAT”? Make America more White privilege (Nationalistic) oriented, institute religious and ethnic bigotry, make the rich, richer and the poor, poorer, make it more difficult for some to receive a college education, speed-up the process of climate change and environmental pollution, repeal Obamacare by changing the name while things remain the same, and spiritually demean women by referring to them as solely sexual-objects. Again, words and elections have both material, as well as, spiritual consequences.
Without a doubt, everything must change. Nothing remains the same. Or else “HOPE” is gone. In fact, the twenty-first century demands creative positive changes because of technological advances and robot-machines. Change means institutional reorientation. Above all, Christianity must reoriented itself toward how we live in relationship with God and others; not Mega Church Construction. Christianity is about how you live, not how you die, because “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5: 4).
Therefore, change should create hope and justice for all, not societal confusion. Sometimes things only change because of the “Great-Equalizer”: DEATH. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9: 27). Without a doubt, every Christian Right Evangelical can shout this from “Look-Out-Mountain” in Tennessee, “Stone Mountain” in Georgia, and from the lowest elevation in Louisiana: “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” (Psalms 7:11). Moreover, change should usher in the Kingdom of God on earth; whereby God’s will is perfectly done as it is in heaven, not bring about ”moral-confusion”, and spiritual-mental warfare. For, all Christians know, “God is not the author of confusion, but peace, as in all churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14:33). Christian Right Evangelical pastors preach this scripture from your Mega-Churches.
The “Trump Administration” is not seeking to institute the will of God, but the “self-centered” will of the rich and powerful; as though the earth only belongs to them, not God (Psalms 24:1). This is precisely why President-elect Trump has surrounded himself with so many “super-wealthy” and “White Nationalists” cabinet appointees: Birds of a feather flock together.
The will of God is that we love one another; not build “personal” kingdoms or a (WALL) designed to keep the less fortunate (POOR) out. Humankind’s “loss of sacredness” created an inability in individual humanity to perfect love, either vertically or horizontal, that is love for God or humankind. Moreover, the loss of sacredness created a desire in individuals to hear what they want to hear, and above all, interpret the meaning of what is said to fix their own selfish-narrative. But, most of all, loss of sacredness between God and humanity has thwarted man’s spiritual ability to be what he is, but rather created in him an ungodly desire to be God. Individuals can become Christ-like, but not God. Stay in your lane as Christians, and live out the true meaning of the Two Great Commandments. Thanks to God, we have a “Biblical-Spiritual-Model” for the tradition of divine love given to us by Jacob for loving your brother, as well as, your enemy. Selah!
Bobby E. Mills is an accomplished college professor and public sector administrator. He earned a B.D. degree in Theology from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York and a Ph.D. degree in Sociology from Syracuse University, New York. He has written and published numerous professional articles concerning the pressing social ills confronting American society.