To delight in fear is evil

When Trump’s crowd chanted “send her back” they echoed or amplified the president’s tweet: “why don’t they go back?”  Sympathy for such rhetoric stands in opposition to Christian Scriptures. Jesus’ core teaching requires us to love our neighbors in the same manner we love ourselves.  God will judge our lives by the way we welcome the stranger(Matthew 25). Name calling, racial baiting, belittling, mockery and the silent support of aggressive speech is the opposite of truth, equality, hospitality and love.  

 

You can know people by the fruit of their lives!  What fills someone’s heart comes out of their mouth. Evil speech flows from a sickened heart. Jesus warns that we all will give an account for our words on Judgment Day(Matthew 12).

 

Yesterday, I ate lunch with a Christian friend. She is an immigrant and a US citizen.  She leaned over the table, as if the KGB was listening in the next booth, and whispered: “Pastor, this President… ”.  Her sentence lingered incomplete as tears clouded her eyes. She gathered herself and wept: “We are afraid.” Anyone who takes delight in another persons fear promotes a kind of terrorism.   

 

If we do not defend our neighbor’s as worthy of equal protection under the law, then let us admit  that we do not love our neighbors. And if we do not love our neighbors, then let us stop dragging down the glorious name of Christ by calling ourselves Christians.  

 

4 thoughts on “To delight in fear is evil

  1. The President did not incite these chants and i doubt he chanted either. People are responsible for what they do. He is such a badass whenever the wind blows the wrong direction or anything beyond his control happens. Shame on you for enhancing this narrative.

  2. We certainly do disagree, Ms. Penny. Words carry weight and the President’s words have hit with the weight of a sledge. Those supporters didn’t get the idea to chant, “Send her back” out of the blue and he did nothing to stop it and even adds weight with his tweets today. Shame on you for enhancing his narrative.

  3. Thank you, Paul Purdue. Exactly on point. I’m sharing your message. It echos things I have recently posted. As a human being, and a Christian (as well as a United Methodist – East End UMC) I not only do not condone this from him or anyone, but I speak and act against this mean and bullying behavior. Last night, a friend of mine came up to me and thanked me for a recent kindness in behavior that I exhibited towards her. It’s a crying shame that kindness is so rare that we are surprised and grateful when it happens.

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