By Kristen Johnson
I am really struggling today to find anything positive to say. The truth is that today I am embarrassed to be an American.
Unfortunately, in spite of our wonderful system of checks and balances, the Republicans now control the Senate, the House, and the Presidency. So, I fear that we can now say goodbye to Obamacare, women’s rights, feminism, environmental controls, social justice, social security and Medicare, science programs, higher education programs, as well as civility, kindness, and morality. I am trying desperately not to give in to fear, but I literally had nightmares last night about a world that looks something like a scene from World War Z.
Christians cannot possibly take this sitting down. The election is over, yes, but is the fight over? No. It is only over if you choose to sit idly by while social justice goes down the drain.
My call to duty as a Christian is to love and serve my neighbor. So, my reaction to the election results in the U.S. is to fight the incoming administration every single time they attempt to do an injustice to the poor, the disenfranchised, and the regular working people.
At the moment, I still have the right to free speech and assembly in this country. (I truly don’t know how long that will last, so I am called to exercise those rights proudly and very vocally over the next 4 years.) This is not a call to arms – this is a call to justice.
My call to justice is a call for non-violent civil disobedience, as Martin Luther King Jr. led during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. So, when the Republicans in charge dismantle Obamacare, I have the right to vocally and loudly protest. When they try to pass racist, anti-immigrant policies, I have the right to vocally and loudly protest. When they refuse to pass minimum-wage laws, try to overturn marriage equality, destroy healthcare, install more pipelines, build gigantic walls at our borders, refuse entry to immigrants, and give the rich corporations more and more and the working people less and less, I have the right to vocally and loudly protest.
We need to take our cues from Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, and Rosa Parks.
We must continue to fight for the poor, the immigrant, the disenfranchised, women and children, and generally for mercy, and justice for everyone.
James 4:17 NRSV): 17 Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.
Get out your picket signs people, because IT IS ON.
Serve all with love.
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