Trump, or not to Trump?
It would be easy to assume that the message concerns Republican candidate Donald Trump's political campaign, the misconstrued initiatives he intends to push, and why we shouldn't vote for him. As fun as that would be, that's not the purpose of this message. I think we would miss something more important if we didn't highlight the even more troubling agenda at play in America.
I'm sure by now we've all seen the multiple outbreaks of protests across American cities where Trump is scheduled to campaign. We've also seen the videography of Black and Hispanic protesters being physically assaulted, spat on, disrespected, and shoved out of the arena for reasons that can't possibly warrant any justifiable explanation. These displays of disgust for people of color questioning his authenticity as a potential President of USA is bad enough, but there's another aspect that I haven't heard the media, social media, or people in general discuss. That would be the psychological disposition of the voters and those who think Trump's anti-typical Republican persona is a breath of fresh air. Let's look at it from this perspective: would Trump even be a serious contender if people didn't share his ideals?
Let me be frank when I say what Trump has done is remarkable. He has somehow singlehandedly illuminated the deep seated racism that has been hidden behind social customs, and reserved to private conversations around the dinner table. Can we say that Trump coached people to spit in the faces of Hispanics? Or did that erupt from the hearts of individuals who harbored ill-will towards Hispanics and Latinos? Should Trump get the blame for the Black man getting sucker punched, then arrested at one of his campaign events? Would we even be discussing these events if the current super-charged racial climate wasn't climbing towards a boiling point?
Before we emphatically respond to these questions, consider what God's word has to say about this.
2 Timothy 4:2-5
"Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching. For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will accumulate teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new."
This passage of scripture speaks volumes for what we are currently seeing this campaign season. Statements that suggest violence and then paying for the legal fees would fall on deaf ears if the people wouldn't be so receptive of such malicious words. Pictures of smiling moms wearing "Make America White Again" shirts wouldn't be a thought if the wearers didn't harbor some type of racist ideologies. Misguided teens chanting "Trump" towards Hispanic basketball players would not happen if their prejudicial philosophies weren't a part of their upbringing.
Who should receive all the blame for all of the outbursts and assaults at Trump's campaigns? To say Trump should be held accountable for some of his comments is an understatement, but his supporters would be fools if they didn't look into the bible for some introspection. I agree with Trump that we should make America great again; but the how is where I separate myself. If we don't analyze our hearts and do some house cleaning, making America great will be a pipedream no matter what we do. As you continue to pay attention to his campaign trail, remember this:
"The heart is more deceitful than anything else and desperately sick, who can understand it? I, the Lord, examine the mind, I test the heart to give to each according to his way, according to what his actions deserve."