I feel like we’re entering an alternative world, one in which kindness, consideration, thoughtfulness, loving are foreign. This is not a world I would choose to live in, if I had that choice. But that choice is not an option for me, or for you, or you, or you. What we are becoming is occurring despite the protests, the wishes, the work of what I feel must be a majority. Because if the hateful side is the majority, we are in deeper trouble than I think.
It disturbs me endlessly that good people, people who say they are Christians, who believe in Christ and his teachings, are out there saying 45 is what this country needs, that he is standing up for Christians and Americans, that he is returning us to what America was. Or should be. This man, who has not expressed a single word that I can recall that sounds Christian to me. This man, who treats no one with respect, who responds to a word of disapproval or disagreement with vitriol and anger, do you honestly believe that he is a savior for this country, for our way of life?
Do we fail to recall we are a nation built of immigrants? Do we fail to remember how hard our ancestors worked to come here, to build a life, to build a country that promised to preserve and protect? Yes, there are dangers to welcoming strangers into our world – but there are dangers in having many who have been in this country for all of their lives. The horrible school shootings were not done by strangers to our world – I think if you were to investigate all of the violent crimes committed in this country you would find that few of them were committed by people new to this country.
I see no brightness in this future, this world that is being manipulated and reshaped into something twisted, dark, and ugly. I see no chance that God is smiling down on 45 and his frantic attempts to prove he is powerful and can do all that he promises. If, indeed, this is what your God wants for this country, then I weep. For me, for you, for our children and our grandchildren, and all future generations – if indeed, there will be future generations.
Am I being too extreme? You know, I thought there was a chance of that, then this morning I read some comments by “Christians” on some Facebook posts that shook me. Really, deeply shook me. Because I think we’re questioning too little, listening too little, thinking too little. And as much as I too would like to see nice words, happy words, soothing words on Facebook and other social media, I cannot, I just cannot not share these words. If we don’t stand up and speak out, if we don’t work together for good, for happy news to share, what chance have we? It is not my wish to propagate anger and hatred, it is my wish to propagate thoughtfulness and awareness.