Liberal Christianity’s desire to move from fear & loathing to peace on Inauguration Day

By Kristen Johnson

I have been blessed and privileged to have the opportunity to vote in the last six U.S. Presidential elections. I was not always pleased with the outcome (as half of those years were spent as a Conservative Republican and half of those years have been spent as a non-partisan Liberal too Liberal even for the Democratic Party). But, today is the first time I’ve spent an Inauguration Day boycotting watching any of the festivities due to outright disgust and fear. What is a Liberal Christian to do to find peace today?

Step One: Pray

1 Timothy 2: 1-4 (NRSV): First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Step Two: Meditate on the Resentment Prayer

Father, I ask You to bless (insert name of person for whom you are holding resentment).  Show them a new revelation of Your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment.  Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace. Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings.  In Jesus’ precious name, Amen. (AA)

I am trying today to insert the name of the incoming U.S. President as the person for whom I am holding resentment in this prayer today. Believe it or not, it helps.

Step Three: Attend the Women’s March in your city

In spite of the pouring down rain, I will be participating in solidarity with millions of women throughout the U.S. to march with a mission:

We, San Diego Women’s March, are peacefully marching in San Diego in solidarity with the Women’s March in DC.  We are dedicated to a free and open society. Together we stand united in our respect for all people and we resist the marginalization of anyone. As a diverse, inclusive community of compassionate people, we seek to strengthen and continue our commitment to work for the protection of women’s rights. We stand firm in agreement that women’s rights are human rights.

In addition to the peaceful march mission as stated above, personally I am marching to publicly state:

  • Sexual assault is not okay.
  • Referring to women as “fat pigs” and “disgusting animals” is unacceptable.
  • Lewd comments about women are not okay in the name of “locker room banter.”
  • Stating that it’s okay to grab women by their female parts is not funny – it’s sexual assault and it’s immoral.
  • Healthcare is a right that should be afforded to everyone – not just the people who can afford it.
  • Cutting services to the poor and disabled is unChristian.
  • Refusing to help refugees is unChristian.
  • Discrimination against anyone based on anything is not okay – and that includes discriminating based on country of origin, sexual orientation, religious identity, etc.
  • Mocking disabled people is disgusting.
  • Climate change is real and it must be battled aggressively.
  • Greed is not, in fact, good. Corporations need to treat people decently and pay them living wages.
  • The pay gap is real.

Serve all with love.

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