Friday, November 18, 2016

Moving from Nonsense to Civility

I missed the whole #assassinateTrump craze on Twitter because I was busy with, you know, real life. But on Sunday I did catch the #RapeMelania nonsense.

Here are a few of those tweets:

I just saw that Rape Melania is trending This week, many tweets talked about killing Trump More reminders that Love Trumps Hate is a lie

So "Assassinate Trump" & "Rape Melania" is the narrative from the "tolerant" liberals and the lib media will protect these violent animals.

From "Love Trumps Hate" and "Stronger Together" to "Rape Melania" and "Assassinate Trump." #LiberalLogic

As a black woman, I despise the racism and misogyny of @realDonaldTrump but Rape Melania is disgusting and should not be tolerated!!!

"Assassinate Trump", "Rape Melania", "Riot" trending shows that the Liberal Media has embolden the most dangerous people in America.

I'm asked a lot how I can be gay and vote Republican. I want NOTHING to do with a party who's sunk so low to have a Rape Melania sign.

The left says the Rape Melania doesn't represent all them and yet I've seen them lump all Trump supporters as racist due to some bad apples.

If I'm at a Trump rally protesting and I hear someone say, "Rape Melania". You catching these hands. How dare you disrespect women like that

And an alt-view:
Rape Melania trending is the alt-right being told to pretend to be left and cause our own party to implode. It's a tactic. Learn about it.
The nastiness eventually went away, but shame on Twitter for not shutting it down sooner. I get it—freedom of speech and all that. The problem is that some think Twitter pulled it after becoming convinced it was indeed a bogus ploy by…somebody to prove…something. More likely they stopped the hashtag because the left was coming off as idiotic, cruel, and dare I say, immoral. Which leads me to another recent declaration:

“New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman calls the Trump victory a ‘moral 9/11 except that 9/11 was done from us on the outside and we did this to ourselves.’” 

But did we really? Whether we preferred a crass renegade or liberal career politician, almost half of us didn’t care. MSNBC reported that 46.9% of registered voters didn’t vote in this election.

The protestors, no doubt, are from one camp. Questions as to how many of them actually voted are irrelevant. They’re mad and they have a right to make a stink about it. Though corralling people onto buses and delivering them to certain high-profile spots seems less like free speech and more like planned media events. 

As for the count of non-voters, perhaps some thought this was no contest and didn’t bother casting their ballots. But most of the apathetic likely saw no good choice, so they stayed home. Perhaps there was no good choice, but there was a choice and it has been made. Those who voted and those who didn’t, the ones protesting and the ones celebrating now have the same president elect. We still have the right to march and cry foul. Do we still have the fortitude to stand together as citizens and encourage peace?

To the Christian community, of which I am a citizen, don’t be so quick to declare moral victory as the liberal tone cries moral defeat. Here’s our part in facilitating peace in our ever-changing nation. I included it my last blog—pre-election—and now its weight is even greater.


I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” I Timothy 2:1-4

Friday, November 4, 2016

Shut the Door

What to do after the election.

Today we will know the answer. We’ll assume by the outcome of the election that our country will take one road or another. Or the road might not seem too different at all from the one we’re on now. In my sliver of America, the Christian community, we have voiced opinions and attended rallies. We have spoken, written, posted and tweeted. In some instances, we’ve argued. And without a doubt, we have prayed, for we consider prayer our greatest hope.

What exactly have we been praying? It seems the consensus is to pray that the lesser of two evils will win this election. Perhaps that should be our prayer, but rulers are appointed by God to achieve a purpose. Whether they are less evil or more evil may be nothing more than God’s determination on timing. Will the America we know become less recognizable now, or later?

After the ballots are counted and the candidates have fussed and strutted, then what will we pray? No more public outcry about this candidate or that one will be required. Perhaps a humbler application is what we’ll need. It’ll be time to go into our rooms, if we haven’t already. Time to kneel in the closet.

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6

What will we pray for in the secret place? A defensive measure might be that public prayer is not outlawed. The trend of the law is to quiet our voices. But no one can stop us from praying in the secret place. Here’s how we must pray after the election when we think it’s all over, because won’t be over at all.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” I Timothy 2:1-4

When you pray, remembering to be thankful—don’t skip that part—pray that we may lead a certain type of lifestyle. Peaceful, quiet, godly, holy. Should we pray for our agenda? Our rights? Sustaining Social Security? Keeping our churches tax exempt? Appointing the right justices? Securing our borders? Avoiding WWIII? All good prayers, but the motivation behind our prayers should be primarily to extend and prolong the call of the Gospel in this world. For the nations—for our nation. Even for the sake of our national leaders.

So next week, whether you feel like you’ve won or lost, go into your room and shut the door. Pray for the newly elected. For our country. Pray that we in the Christian community might live as God leads us. For this is good and pleasing to God, who desires all people to be saved. The ones across party lines. The ones with ungodly political motives. The ones who celebrate evil’s rule as if it were good. Pray that while the time remains, the message of God’s truth will reach them. All of them.

And then go be a peaceful, quiet, godly, holy, unrelenting force in revealing God’s answer to your prayer. Hope doesn’t quit. People still need to hear the Gospel. And God is not done.