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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