I find it is the Christian’s responsibility to proclaim the Lordship of Christ by declaring His good news of reconciliation and justice to the world. In this case therefore, threats, threats of vengeance and violence — are not, at all, even close to the good news / gospel that Jesus brings.
As a distant onlooker, I have the best wishes for Donald Trump, and for the sake of the people from all sections of the United States, I would pray that he receives all the advice, help and input he can get from all sections of the nation in order to make decisions that increase the well-being of individuals, communities, cultures and sub-cultures.
I would support Donald Trump’s desire to increase the well-being of the working class, even if it means introducing protectionist policies to protect the livelihood of individuals and families and to help these flourish. It would be directly within his responsibility to do so, and move away from enriching corporates in expense of homes and the working class. His election is a heart cry of the people who simply desire to flourish and be given the opportunity to do so, and I totally understand. I would pray and hope that this will result in greater equality, more savings in the family, better education, stable families and as a result, more innovation, productivity.
I also am heartened that Donald Trump represents a man with a real family. With his 3 marriages and flawed character, it allows Trump to identify with less ideal families and vice versa. It shows that the USA President himself would be the first to know that well, life is not as straightforward as everyone wants it to be.
However, I would be very ashamed if a leader who represents Jesus Christ starts off (or in this case, takes the mantle) by making minorities feel threatened and insecure about their position. This would greatly contrast with the work of Jesus which is to give good news to the poor, and to set the oppressed free. The first responsibility of a good steward and leader of God is one who will stoop down to help others out the dust including those who are aliens, foreigners, widowed and orphans. I would be much saddened if Christ’s message of hope and reconciliation for the deprived, impoverished (who often resort to crime and violence) is replaced with a punitive message of vengeance and threat.
I would be disappointed that one side would allow LGBT and abortion stand trump all other consideration of racial justice, gun violence, continuous unabated poverty and inequality — and the perpetuation of white dominant-above-others ideologies.
I fear we are entering a new age of tyranny–even tyranny perpetuated by well-meaning Christians. We have experienced that before with colonisation which has brought about much destruction to the world in the name of Christ.
The Republican / Democrat divide isn’t as clearly Christian / non-Christian as it shows itself to be. Republicans might bear the banner of Christianity loudly, but I’m not really sure… Democrats have shown policies which, ironically, show themselves to be good stewards of the earth. I would not dichotomise the issues in the way the parties are divided. The dichotomy is pretty much a flawed and unhealthy one, that England and Europe thankfully do not have.
Therefore, the “left” and “right” are really unhealthy categories to put ourselves, and others, in. There is a need for the church to consider what both these humanly devised categories have to offer for the world today. Fortunately, there is the UK-flavoured Christianity that I am turning to that are less divisive, and as such I am free to learn from both “left” and “right” labels.
I believe that Jesus Christ will fully establish His reign and rule, although now too He has put all things under Him. With that shadow of authority, I find it is the Christian’s responsibility to proclaim the Lordship of Christ by declaring His good news of reconciliation and justice to the world. In this case therefore, threats, threats of vengeance and violence — are not, at all, even close to the good news / gospel that Jesus brings. If it was a ploy by Trump to simply win votes, then I wonder at his integrity, forked tongue, and the message it is giving to Americans that it is fine to be abusive to others who are unlike us (just to win).
Otherwise, as I mentioned, I truly wish the best for him for the sake of Americans, and hope the church will rise to provide the best of their inputs, interventions and contributions. After all, America is a democracy, not an autocracy.
I hope my thoughts are fair in a way that represents the good news of Jesus Christ, instead of any kind of nationalism masked in Christianity. In my view, a just administration will bear better witness to King Jesus more than any Merry Christmas sign will (apparently DT said Merry Christmas will once again adorn public places).