By Kristen Johnson
Sexism, racism, xenophobia, fat-shaming…..can the Republican candidate for President of the United States get any more disgusting before people stop supporting him? It’s mind boggling.
Today, Donald Trump escalated a Twitter war with Alicia Machado, a former beauty pageant winner. He questioned how she obtained her citizenship in the U.S. (following his usual antics of bizarre claims of anyone who isn’t white not really being a citizen), criticized her weight, and referenced her alleged sex tape. (NBC News). These personal attacks and outrageously offensive comments are part of a pattern for Trump:
Regarding Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face!” Trump said in a recent Rolling Stone interview. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!”
Regarding Muslims: At a rally in December 2015 in Mount Pleasant, S.C., Trump defended his plan for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims” by comparing it with former president Franklin Roosevelt’s decision to inter Japanese Americans during the Second World War. (CBC News).
About John McCain: During a conservative forum in Iowa last July, Trump dismissed Senator John McCain’s reputation as a war hero because he was captured in Vietnam. “I like people who weren’t captured, OK?” (CBC News).
About immigrants from Mexico: During his presidential campaign kickoff speech, Trump said Mexican immigrants are “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists and some — I assume — are good people.” (CBC News).
And these are but just a few examples. What’s really shocking is that nearly every conservative Christian I know (and there are loads and loads of them in my personal life) is voting for Trump for President. I pray for those people, and I pray for our country. The only issue I can see that compels conservative Christians to vote for Trump is abortion. But, it’s really simple – if you don’t like abortion, then don’t have one. (Besides, the President doesn’t dictate abortion laws – that comes from Congress, state legislatures, and ultimately, the Supreme Court.)
Do words matter? Yes, of course they matter. The office of President of the United States should be a position worthy of a dignified individual who can work with people across every demographic, both foreign and domestic.
Proverbs 11:12 (NRSV): Whoever belittles another lacks sense, but an intelligent person remains silent.
Proverbs 11:17 (NRSV): Those who are kind reward themselves, but the cruel do themselves harm.
Matthew 12:26-27 (NRSV): I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter; 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
Words matter. Actions matter. Hate matters. Love matters. Kindness matters.
Serve all with love.
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