Friday, December 9, 2016


JIM WALLIS, president and founder of Sojourners, wrote a fantastic follow-up to the election of Trump. Whether you're Christian evangelical, atheist, or somewhere in between, I sincerely advise you to read Wallis' entire post. It's the most incisive analysis of the Trump phenomenon I've read, and where we need to go from here.

Below, I give some of Wallis' thoughts.


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According to Wallis, what we're seeing in the U.S. right now is the "suck-up" to power, the attempt to create a "normal" Trump. But, he warns, this is not the normal transition of power. Wallis says, Wallis says what we're seeing now is not normal!

Here's a summary sentence from Wallis' article: "In Jesus Christ, God hits the streets." 

Still with me? Now, what's coming next according to Wallis? 

Men of wealth and power will re-write our laws and social programs. We've witnessed this in the appointments Trump has made already.

  • The divide between African-Americans and whites will be widened, partly through restrictions on voting. 
  • Many will be hitting the streets with God. Prepare for that. 
  • I toss in my two-bits. I believe that a huge opportunity has emerged to invent an improved America, and that it's up to us. We've seen some movement already with Sen. Bernie Sanders. We are the majority of voters who chose to vote for Clinton. Our work will require years of dedicated translation of dreams into policy, hopes into reality. We look to such as Jim Wallis and Senators Sanders, Warren and Murray for leadership. They look to us for active support. Here's the Advent vision for 2017: a movement will arise to guide the great, diverse American nation into greater liberty and justice for all.

As a majority, may we remember that Trump represents a minority of American voters. For example: if he wants to restrict black voters? We say, "That's not liberty and justice for all. Not the America we want." 

Or, he wants to send immigrants away. we will maintain refugee shelters and immigrant training programs. We will think creatively and communicate our ideas through our teaching, our writing, and our voting, our child-raising.. 

It's our role to be strong: a loyal majority of Americans. Don't forget: we are the majority. The popular vote proved that! 

Back to Jim Wallis. He concludes his piece with Mary's Magnificat (quoted here only in part; see Luke ch. 2 for the whole testimony.  It's so appropriate to this moment in American history:

"My soul magnifies the Lord,
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty."

Thanks for reading!
 God bless you and America. 
Resource: Jim Wallis, "Advent in 2016: Not Normal, Not Now, Not to Come, " 

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