The role of Faith in the Age of Trump



There is a case, I suppose, for forgiveness and love in your heart for all mankind. In the case of the President-Elect Donald Trump, I would say the time for action is now. Dr King told us: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” I believe that the time to be vigilant has come. Not simply for people in the faith community, but ¬†for Progressives who are concerned about war, parents worried about their children’s future both as a military concern and a moral one, and the parents of young children who don’t know how to explain this man who is a habitual liar and has molested women and is now rewarded with the highest office in the land.

We don’t know the reason as to why Trump was elevated to the office of President or the Grand Scheme of things. But there must be some reason that we are being tested by this dark time in the history of the United States. I believe we could be stronger together, and find out that Love Trumps Hate if we do continue to believe that our best days are not behind us and we can organize and be uplifted by faith in each other. I know that some faith leaders, Sister Simone and Pope Francis, Reverend Barber and other faith leaders have spoken out against the divisive hate and ugly rhetoric spewed by this man.

But the point is this. No one can stay silent. The role of faith in our religion teaches us that we must put our words into deeds. And that means mobilizing if necessary, and marching and protesting against racism, sexism, hate speech and against war. There is a time for prayer and silent contemplation, but in this Brave New World, the time for action is now. Dr. King also said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

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