[Disclaimer: This is a rant. Everything in it is true, but it is a rant.]
How do I feel today as a new U.S. President takes office?
Not embarrassed by who the nation chose to elect, not embarrassed because I do or do not want a President Trump. I wish it were that menial or simple of a feeling.
I’m embarrassed by what I see on social media, what I have seen over the last 8 years from the people who spew their venom all over conversations at church, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and every other social realm, while saying they are Conservatives, Patriots, the Moral Majority, the Christian Right.
Why am I speaking to those groups specifically? They are who I have affiliated myself with in the past. Surely, the hatred that was shown to the Bush administration was also wrong… but that wasn’t being mindlessly spoken by those with whom I have at some point identified.
So, I’ll say it again: Embarrassed.
I think what embarrasses me MOST today are all of those who’ve spent the last 8 years saying “He’s not my president,” but pretending to be patriotic in this moment.
You are not a patriot.
If nothing else was accomplished over the last 8 years, it was successful in revealing the hidden darkness of heart that so many people have made visible. The way many who claim biblical conviction have treated a single individual is simply inexcusable.
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. So the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” -Luke 6:45
I’m not speaking to all of the Christian Right, all Conservatives, all Republicans, all of those who claim themselves to be the “Moral Majority,” but…
Specifically to those of you who claim to be followers of Christ, as I do…
If you have tried to wrap your hatred in your faith while contributing to the trash being vomited all over the place for the last 8 years, without considering President Obama’s God-breathed humanity and that of his family…
You have not spoken as a Christian. You have not spoken from some self-proclaimed moral high ground even…
You have revealed your heart.
When I have taken part in discussions contributing to this.. I revealed the darkness in my own heart.
As we revel in the fact that we live in a nation that can peaceably celebrate the transfer of power from one leader to the next, one party to the next…
It seems to me that the Obama family should be receiving millions of letters from those who claim Christianity, asking for forgiveness.