I haven't posted anything for quite a while. After the election in November, I posted three angry rants for which I make no apology. My feelings have not changed much since then except to go from anger to befuddlement.
I'm befuddled at the thinking of some persons I know, for whom I had had great respect - even some who had quite an influence on me in my life as a Christian. And there were some others whom I had thought that I had influenced. I've seen their posts and shares on social media and have wondered where they are coming from - an alternative universe? They praise our new president Donald Trump as God's man for America. They praise the "testimonies" of Trump's minions; they seem to see a new and brighter day for America - and apparently for the church.
Yet whenever I turn on the television news I see and hear a ranting, lying, racist, misogynistic, narcissistic bully, a man whose speech and behavior is completely opposed to every-thing a follower of Christ would stand for. And his minions support him in this. We're told that the lies he used last week were actually the fault of the "news media" or someone else. And, of course, we have this great new phrase, "Alternative facts."
I could go on and on about the bizarre looniness that our new president and his minions spout. I could go on and on about my fears regarding his actions in the next few weeks and years, but all anyone has to do is turn on the news to hear and see this circus. I am afraid for my country.
But America is not my greatest concern. Our nation has gone off in the wrong direction many times in the past and so far we as a nation have survived. And even if we don't, I realize God is sovereign. And I realize that my hope is not in America. It may be that we who follow Jesus will have to stand alone - even in America!
My greatest concern is for the Church of Jesus Christ and my relationship to it. I'm speaking of the total visible church - what Paul calls "the body of Christ" and to which I belong. I cannot understand the fact that so many who claim to be followers of Christ are infatuated with a hateful, narcissistic playground bully.
I hope that the reader will understand - this post is not simply a rant against our president or a complaint about America. It is an expression of the dilemma I - and many of my fellow American Christians face: how do we live for Jesus in opposition to our ungodly national leaders and not find ourselves in opposition to the Church of which a great share are infatuated with these leaders - of which church we are a part?
There are some, I fear, who feel they should separate themselves from that Church. But we can't if we belong to Jesus Christ. We may separate from a particular organized group (and I have done that in the past) only to find the same situation in another group. Do we isolate ourselves from others totally? We cannot do that.
I love the Church; I love the local group of which I am a member. I have many Christian friends in this city and others all over the world with whom I communicate. How am I to react when our conversation turns to their love affair with Trump? Or when it turns to their hatred for our former President? When I find it easier to talk with my unbelieving friends than with my brothers and sisters in Christ?
I know I am not alone, that there are many who have not drunk the Kool-Aid, who have the same dilemma I have: following Jesus demands of us that we refuse to compromise truth and yet demands that we act in love.