I know for a fact that most Evangelical Christians, who, by and large are political Conservatives, were not pleased with the election of Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. But you didn’t hear hate-filled rhetoric coming from Christian media and the pulpits of America! Today, the media, celebrities, and thousands of Americans are distraught to the point of fury and violence, because their candidate didn’t win. One has stated this about Donald Trump, “He’s not right in the head!” He has been misquoted, misunderstood, and generally dismissed as a racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, impulsive, rash, xenophobic, dehumanizing, disgusting, nasty and a man with no moral fiber. All of that about a man who garnered about 63 million votes, and 302 Electoral votes from those whom Ms. Clinton described as “Deplorables” (From the French word deplorer meaning “to give up as hopeless, something so bad, there is no hope of improvement), And how can you dismiss the present cabinet selections as hate-filled, when those who have been chosen are good people, wanting to serve and make our country better?
The Greek word for “hate” is miseo, meaning, separation or exclusion of one from another. It is intense hostility, extreme dislike or antipathy and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or a sense of injury.
My question is, “Who are the haters?” Who are the ones marching in the streets, obstructing traffic and in general causing chaos in our cities? Who are the ones complaining about our nation being divided while they are the ones who are fomenting hate and division.
What is our responsibility toward the President of the United States? “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth” 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (New Living Translation).