Shaming America

“Make America Great Again.” Fine campaign slogan . . . except for a couple of details. First, America was already great. Not perfect, but still the greatest nation on earth by the usual metrics: strongest economy, strongest military, and so on. Second, what Trump is actually doing is making most Americans ashamed.

Think of this amazing fact: In less than 24 hours, beginning last Saturday, more than one million people in Britain signed on online petition asking the British government to rescind the invitation for Trump to visit the UK. America hasn’t looked this awful in British eyes since the War of 1812.

Trump is very deliberately trying to remake America in his own image, a form of hubris which has always led to disaster when others would-be tyrants have tried it. It is especially bad since Trump’s personal character is petty, selfish, self-centered, greedy, deceitful, amoral, misogynist, racist. . . .

As America moves ever further from its Christian foundations, it is obvious that the opposite of Christian ethics is simply amorality. Were we still a people whose fundamental viewpoint were informed by — if not always shaped by — biblical perspectives, we would be helped in understanding people like Trump by remembering this or that biblical passage.

What I’m thinking of at the moment is Kellyanne Conway’s oft-repeated assertion, in the face of the nonsense Trumps spews, that he has a right to express his opinion. She is correct. This is America and we all have a right to hold and express personal opinions. but remember what Paul said to the Christians in Corinth? “All things are lawful for me but not all things are beneficial. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by anything.”

Trump has a right too express his nonsensical opinions but that doesn’t mean it is right to do so. Only a fool confuses being honest with merely speaking unfiltered garbage off the top of his head.

Honesty is a part of being a responsible person. Trump is simply irresponsible and his team consistently defends his irresponsibility by demanding that the press filter his words for him.

I am deeply ashamed of and offended by the president of the United States.

 

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About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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