I saw this stat that said that 85% of Evangelical Christians voted for Trump… I don’t get it… I mean, I do in a way, but it breaks my heart that they cling to a name they so clearly do not espouse the virtues of.
I’m a Christian. I believe in the Bible. I believe many things from the Bible that you’d probably call me a fool for. That’s fine. You can think of me what you want.
But here’s the thing, you can basically summarize the entirety of the Bible down to this, the only new commandment Jesus gave his disciples:
34A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
Now, that means more than I think many people realize as it’s not a romantic, wishy-washy type of love that we are so accustomed to in our culture. It’s not even a brotherly or camaraderie type of love. This is ἀγάπην (agápe) love: the unconditional love for another (especially in the context of God’s love for us). Thomas Aquinas defined it as, “to will the good of another”.
There are few modern day examples of this love demonstrated better than by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He dedicated, and ultimately had taken, his life to see this realized throughout our country. To change the mentality of a nation so that it wouldn’t look at one another with disdain, but that we could see each other as a person with thoughts and ideas and wouldn’t be judged by the color of our skin.
And this, this is why I’m so heartbroken at those that call themselves Christian and voted for Trump. Today, the nation voted for someone that is the antithesis of everything that is at the heart of Christianity and at the heart of all the good things from the Civil Right’s movement.
When you voted for Trump, you voted to enable and empower this, whether you wanted to or not:
Were there racist people before Trump? Of course. Did they act out? Of course. Were non-whites disenfranchised and belittled by even our government? Of course. However, Trump has finally given that hate a legitimate platform that they have been lacking for many decades. Even if Trump himself doesn’t want it to happen, maybe he’s more indifferent to it all, it’s unleashed now.
I do pray that our last line of defense in our government, the Electoral College, stands up for what America should be, and does not hand the presidency over to Donald Trump.
Either way, we are at the brink of a social revolution. How far, how quickly, and how extreme will it be? I don’t know, but I do know that we’ve finally arrived at the precipice.