For God so Loved the World…

Dear President Trump. I love my children and grandchildren.  I want the best for them.  I pray for them every day. I tell them I love them every day.                          

You are my enemy.  So, I want the best for you. I pray for you every day.  Frankly, I struggle daily to feel for love you. But that is the command I am given.  In the end, I assume my faltering attempts to love you are intended for my own good, not your edification or to change the world or even to open your heart to those you so easily despise and disparage. 

Do you know John 3:16?  “For God So loved the World…”. I wonder. Do you fear that God does not love you?   Is that why you so manically love yourself?  You surround yourself with religious leaders who proclaim  a harsh and judgmental American God that is more to be feared than loved. Is that why you thinly disguise your polemics of ‘Make America White Again?’  You want to create a clean white capitalist America to please a pure white American God????  

Or is it more mundane and ugly?   Do you just love the power and the limelight and this is simply how you get it?   

You tout America’s wealth and power as the measure of your success. You spend billions of dollars keeping people of color out of your rich corporate America. You tell anyone who disagrees with you to go back where they came from.  They do not deserve your respect or your love. You love America…. but you love so few of its people. By the time you and I are probably dead, 25 years or so in the future, whites will be in the minority in our nation. Is that what you are afraid of… becoming a minority in your own nation…. fearing that your children and grandchildren will suffer the same racist discrimination you inflict on today’s minorities???  

God loves the whole world. Yes God loves America.  But God also loves the rest of the world.  As the Sunday school song put it, “Red and Yellow, Black and White, we are precious in his sight.” 

I do not question your claim to be a Christian.  I condemn your actions as evil and not faithful to our God who so loves our world, and everyone in it.  I condemn your attempts to transform Jesus into the Great Mush God of American Exceptionalism. May God forgive us. 072819


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Retired pastor, lawyer, counselor & advisor.

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