Happy President’s Day?

By Kristen Johnson

In the U.S. today, we are celebrating George Washington and Abraham Lincoln – two great American Presidents. It’s difficult to think about these two Presidents, arguably not perfect men, but with still arguably decent legacies……and then think of today’s U.S. President. Trying not to be morose is downright impossible.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to”give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (NRSV). I find this an impossible task given the actions thus far of the new Administration, so I will prayerfully consider my actions. In the meantime, there are a few things to be thankful for:

  • The Ninth Circuit Court blocked President Trump’s travel ban. The courts are doing the right thing – refusing to allow discriminatory, unConstitutional behavior from the President.
  • Women stood up in the millions worldwide to protest the incoming Administration, myself included. We stood up and insisted on being heard – we won’t put up with misogyny and harassment.
  • Organizers have already confirmed the date of an upcoming “March For Science” and I, for one, have already signed up to participate. We will be standing up and loudly supporting scientific research and evidence-based policies. Guess what? Climate change is NOT a hoax and coal is, indeed, bad.
  • Michael Flynn, National Security Advisor, was forced to resign because he misled VP Pence regarding his conservations with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. One down – how many to go?
  • Organizers recently led a “Day Without Immigrants” March, thus proving once again that people are continuing to refuse to be silent when the new Administration does the wrong thing.
  • The Administration continues to embarrass itself with gaffes like the supposed “Bowling Green” massacre and the supposed attacks in Sweden. I shouldn’t glory in President Trump’s failings, but I do hope that his supporters might possibly (wouldn’t it be nice) start to see him for what he really is.
  • His own party is turning on him. John McCain is a stunning example of this turn. I admire him for it.

Let’s keep up the good fight. I promised to keep fighting this Administration’s policies the day after election day and I will continue to do so, unless or until the policies completely change or President Trump is ousted from office. I hope you will continue to fight with me.

James 4:17 (NRSV):  Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.

Serve all with love.

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4 thoughts on “Happy President’s Day?

  1. Wow – thank you so much for sending me that link. I have read about Pastor Bonhoeffer but it has been a very long time. Some of his quotes gave me goosebumps – would that we could aspire to a life such as his. You’ve inspired me to find a book about him and read more! Thank you. 🙂

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  2. Please stop trying to ruin USA by pushing for illegal immigration!
    Look to Europe! Merkel is offering to pay refugees to leave! She has been apologizing for quite some time now. Watch this video and see what happens when we open our God protected borders to let pagans, and idol worshippers freely in. If you are a Christian you would know that God created borders, in fact He created all races by destroying the tower of babel. You guys that want to contaminate our country with illegal immigrants are in fact rebuilding the tower of babel and are NOT Christian!

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    1. Although I completely disagree with you, I appreciate you taking the time to reply. the Bible is filled with references (Old and New) to helping refugees, the disenfranchised, the poor, and the orphans. (Jesus was himself a refugee in Egypt).

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