I know what I’m about to say will be controversial, but hear me out.
A lot of white evangelicals have been criticized over the past few years for being so emphatically supportive of our president. People look cross-eyed at them when they say that God is using the president to do good things in our country.
Well, as a black man in this country who also happens to proclaim a faith in the teachings and life of Jesus Christ, I absolutely, 100% agree with them.
God is absolutely using our president.
The same way He used pharoah, Ahab, Jerobaom, Ahaz, Rehoboam and every other evil king of Israel.
A Pain In the Ass
There is a cancer in this country. But Trump is not the cancer. No, Trump is the pain in the ass that makes you go to the doctor who discovers that pain is colon cancer.
The “cancer” is represented by all the closet racists and nationalists that have scurried out of their dark crevices, emboldened by a leader that gives them permission to say every foul word and/or do every foul deed they’ve wanted to do for years, but some modicum of decency and civility held them back.
It’s all those “friends” and colleagues on social media that you thought you knew who have said or written some of the most racist sh*t.
It’s all the nationalistic and white supremacist groups growing in numbers.
Trump is the mirror God is holding up to this country to say “This is who you are. Change, or suffer the consequences.”
A “Woke” Up Call
Trump is also a blessing because his actions have also inspired and encouraged a whole generation of people who previously barely got into politics. I was one such person. People young and old have come to realize that we can no longer sit on the sidelines and not hold our leaders accountable. We cannot afford to remain ignorant and asleep at the wheel of our lives. It’s time to wake up. And stay woke.
Because of Trump, people who never would have thought about running for office, are running…and winning.
A movement is growing nationwide to see more people get involved in local government than ever. More people are taking the time to read, research, and open their eyes.
And I believe it was because of Trump’s America that enough women said “enough is enough” and the #MeToo movement was born, and monsters like Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, and many others got the justice that was long overdue.
That, is a blessing.
My Own Mirror
And let me be clear about this. God has challenged me too. He has held up a mirror to me to say, “Ron, are you loving all those racists and nationalists the way I commanded you? Are you being true to the teachings of Christ in how you live and interact with these people, regardless of the things they say and do? Are you praying for them?”
To that I’ll give my oft’ quoted refrain from one of my favorite movies; the quote in my bio: “I’m tryin’. I’m tryin’ real hard to be the shepherd.”
But Lord, they make it hard. So, very, very, very, very, very…
So my fellow followers of Christ who can see Trump for the lying, racist, sexist, egotistical, narcissistic, baby man-child that he is; the man who quite literally is a walking manifestation of every one of the “seven deadly sins” and the exact opposite of every one of the “fruit of the spirit”; the man who said his favorite book is the bible yet pronounced II Corinthians “two Corinthians” (I mean, come on! That’s like saying basketball is your favorite sport and that you think the best player in history was Reggie Jackson)—the next time you come across a fellow believer who for God knows what reason, proclaims Trump as a blessing and a vessel of God, you can with all conviction and authenticity, smile back to them and say “Amen brother/sister. Amen!”