Just Be Nice?
Whether you support Donald Trump or not, you should be shocked and dismayed by Republicans who are blaming the violence and disruptions at Trump events on Trump. This is the equivalent of saying, “If we are simply nice to people, they will like us.” This sounds more like Obama talking about terrorists.
(Who can forget Sen. Ted Cruz argued, “But I think also in any campaign, the responsibility starts at the top and it is not beneficial when you have a candidate, like Donald Trump, who’s telling his protesters, ‘Punch that guy in the face.’ You know, I mean, I don’t think you should be encouraging people to violence. And I think beyond that, you know, we need a candidate who respects the people, who engages – even engages the protesters with civility and respect, not with hostility.)
The violence we are witnessing appears to be organized which, like Benghazi, is not the result of a spontaneous reaction due to rhetoric (whether in a speech or a video). Look at who is propagating this violence; it is the Radical Left who hates the arguments Trump is articulating.
They hate us and our values and no amount of “nice talk” will change that. The violence at Trump’s rallies would be happening at Cruz rallies if he was the one leading the race instead of Trump. However, I suspect that the Radical Left and the Establishment are more afraid of Trump than the other candidates because they perceive him as one they cannot control. If we want to blame rhetoric, what about the decades of rhetoric by the Left in general? Creating tension between factions is straight from their Alinsky playbook.
We Christians need to be careful lest we start to sound and act like the Left. I have been very disappointed by the rejection and nasty attitudes I have endured from some who are brothers and sisters in Christ simply because:
- The candidate I supported, who is now out of the race, said something that “sounded” supportive of Trump; or
- I pointed out the error and the weirdness of Glenn Beck saying that the Constitution is Holy Scripture and Ted Cruz will get us through the rapture.
I expect I will be disparaged for even writing this because, to some, it will sound favorable to Trump who is not their favorite candidate. It is sad that I have to brace myself for retaliation and rejection by my Christian brothers and sisters for expressing an opinion that differs from theirs.
Here Is The Point
Yes we are passionate about our politics because it is so important. But here are some principles Christians should keep in mind, lest that passion leads us wrongly:
- Keep God, the Bible, and Christian values in first place.
- Remember that no politician is America’s or anyone’s savior.
- Acknowledge that none of us know for sure what God is up to, who He will use, and how He will deal with the nation.
- Keep in mind that, as Jefferson said, the true correction for the abuses of the Constitution is to educate the people.
“The most effectual means of preventing [the perversion of power into tyranny are] to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibits, that possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes.” –Thomas Jefferson: Diffusion of Knowledge Bill, 1779. Ford Edition 2:221, Papers 2:526
“The information of the people at large can alone make them the safe as they are the sole depositary of our political and religious freedom.” –Thomas Jefferson to William Duane, 1810. Memorial Edition 12:417