I never thought I would see leaders of our country kidnap children and hold them hostage to get their legislation passed. I never thought we would have a president bent on the destruction of democracy, making deals with world dictators all while abolishing civil rights for our own citizens. It would seem that we’ve gone mad!
The not so good news is that America has a gaping hole in its heart. For example, this morning I received a rather nasty verbal assault from a republican who believes Trump is God’s gift to the world. Sadly, this man has sucked up the lies, approved of the abusive treatment of women, children, minorities and the vulnerable elderly. “Kick em While They Are Down” may very well be the 2020 mantra on that red baseball cap he wears.
The guy who came after me this morning was a sad, angry man. At least that is what I was seeing. I even invited him to private message me so his vitriol wouldn’t spill all over a relative’s Facebook page. He didn’t realize my relative had blocked him from a previous post, and his audience wasn’t as big as his ego thought it was. Sound familiar? He kept up his abusive talk and I figured he was just following his leader and since he didn’t want to talk about the real problem (his own wounds) I ended up blocking him too.
I think what we are seeing from people who still support this president, in spite of his horrific abuse of humanity, is the majority of them are wounded in some way. I wonder what happened in their life that caused them to relate so profoundly with this wounded president. Trump puffs out his chest with bravado, while quaking in fear on the inside. Or maybe THAT’S it. Are these Americans relating to the fear? Regardless, they are waking the true conscious of America. They are rousing the previously complacent and complicit (someone explain that last word to Ivanka please.) which will ultimately save our country from democratic demise.
The majority of Americans care about humanity, care about children, care about civil rights and protection for the vulnerable. There is more GOOD in the majority of Americans than not. Perhaps the people who actually care about others, have had their wounds transformed into compassion? Perhaps they have done the personal growth work of an adult and left the pain behind and healed the wounds? I’m not sure. Either way, we are called to reach out and offer to “listen” and let them “talk through” their wounds and accept healing. I tried. I offered. Instead the angry man on the other end of the post chose to verbally assault me.
Jesus offered the invitation of healing to others and instructed his disciples to do likewise. But He also said (Luke 10: 4-6) “4 Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. 5 If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” Interestingly, the next verse says, 6 “So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.”
The good news is, healing is possible. So, when another trump supporter wants to abuse me or lash out at me from the gaping hole in their heart, I’ll offer the invitation again. If they accept it, we will engage in conversation and perhaps wounds will be healed. If not…they will be left in the dust as I move on.
Jesus is the door to healing…not the doormat. I’m grateful the majority of American’s are beginning to figure that out!