Skip to main content

Think, not react...

The 'action-reaction' scenario that has been playing out between progressives and conservatives is a situation that is becoming increasingly counter-productive and harmful. This is obviously not something new; the battle between left and right has been raging for a long time and those flames were also well-fanned by the previous administration and ineffective congress. Sadly, what happens is a loss of focus on issues that we should be working together to solve and increase in counter-productive squabbling. The level of immaturity being witnessed as coming from our 45th president is unfortunate. Less use of Twitter would serve him better, provided he actually took the time to build better relationships with key figures in the media. Some of it has been nothing short of childish and the sort of thing I might have engaged in as a 12 year old, were Twitter in existence then.

President Trump's tendency to engage in knee-jerk reactions is unfortunate. A case in point is his executive order to ban people from the 7 "terrorist nations." This was not well thought out and brought unnecessary hardship to people who are hardly enemies of the United States. This "extreme vetting" is exactly that: extreme. While I agree that careful monitoring of those entering our country is essential, I don't think a return to the type of paranoid thinking that created Japanese interment camps in WWII is what is called for, either. Let's put aside the bickering, sit down and figure this out.

This post isn't designed to be yet another attack on the president or his policies. While there is plenty to criticize about his rhetoric and behavior, the same may be said about many of his opponents. My hope is that we can stop wasting time engaging in obstructionism (a tactic Republications know just as well as the Democrats) and spend more of it in conversation.

People may proclaim that Donald Trump is "not my president" all they want to, but the fact is that he is our president for at least 4 years. I'm not crazy about it either, as I feel many of my personal libertarian beliefs threatened by the rise of [what could be a dangerous brand of] populism. I hope we don't waste the next 4 years spinning our wheels in ideological conflict that gets us nowhere when there are so many areas in which we can reach agreement. Had the reverse happened and Hillary Clinton been inaugurated as our new president, I would have the same attitude about it. It isn't a Democrat or Republican thing -- it's an American thing. I'm grateful that I live in a country where I can criticize our elected officials and continue to hold them accountable. Hopefully, on that, we can all agree.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Slavery

Jesus responded, “I assure you: Everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. -John 8:34 (HCSB)

All too often, Christians may feel constrained by their faith and what they know to be the expectations of their Heavenly Father. Sometimes, in certain churches, the list of "don'ts" may seem longer than the ancient laws of Israel. Occasionally 'religious' people will sadly get caught up in that sort of thing. That can be a turn-off for many people and a valuable asset to the enemy, who wants you to feel bound by law and a slave to some sort of religious creed. The God I know and love is a God of freedom. I am freer as a slave to Christ than I ever was as a slave to sin. How about you? Are you free in Christ or bound by sin?

Hate Speech

The amount of vitriol directed at President Trump seems to be unprecedented. At least, that is what those on the right seem to think. Of course, I remember plenty of criticism and hate speech hurled at President Obama during his time in office, as well. I don't think I really need to mention President George W. Bush, do I?

There has never been (in my lifetime) such a level of animosity between opposing viewpoints as I see in today's America. Democrats hurl murderous accusations against the Republicans for their healthcare proposals and those of a conservative view sling accusations of incompetence and hypocrisy back at them. Of course, either side is generally pretty good at documenting their accusations with freshly spun 'facts.'

No matter where you fit into the political spectrum, it is important to note that such contention is counter-productive. Whenever people react at the behest of their emotions, clear-headed and rational decisions are nowhere to be found. Moreo…

Dealing in Hope

My Uncle Carl died recently at the age of 102. Having lived a long life, he was well-liked and respected by many. I can't really say a lot about him, because I only started getting to know him these past few years. He was my father's older brother from a rather large family of 9 brothers and sisters and two adopted nephews. I can get a little sad when I think about my father's dwindling family. I have lived long enough to see all but one of the brothers and sisters pass. Of course, I must remember that for everything there is a season -- as the writer of Ecclesiastes so eloquently wrote.

I attended his funeral for the sake of those he has left behind. It was not about him; we celebrated his life while he was here whenever we saw him or he passed a milestone on his journey. It's about those left here. It's about the Gospel message. After all, for a Christian, isn't it really all about the Gospel? It's about being a dealer in hope. it's about eternity wit…