It occurred to me that I said something in my last post that may easily be misunderstood by someone not familiar with my blog. I may have given the impression that I damned every Christian Republican Trump supporter to hell. That was not my intention. While I consider myself a somewhat religious person, I have no idea what happens to us after we die and I certainly don’t believe in hell. Hell, as I understand it, is a medieval invention of the Catholic Church to scare its followers into submitting to its will. For the record, what I actually said was “For the sake of all those Christian Republicans who support Trump, I hope they are wrong about there being a heaven and hell. If they’re right, given their complicity in the human tragedy resulting from our country’s attitudes and actions regarding it, there is probably a special corner of hell waiting for them when they leave this Earth”. The “it”I was referring to is the shameful, immoral and un-Christ-like treatment of the refuges attempting to cross the border.
I will tell you what I actually do pray for before I go to bed every evening. I ask God to forgive my Republican brethren, for they know not what they do. I pray that because I think I understand you and I know you can’t possibly understand what you’re doing. It’s just not in you. The problem is that your mind has been clouded by this idea that America exists for the benefit of white people and white people only. Whether you consider yourselves moderate/ progressive Republicans, conservative Republicans or rightwing nationalist Republicans, it is that racist idea that is the glue that binds you together. Some of you are fully conscious to your motivation by that idea and many of you are not. I realize that it may sound presumptuous to you that I should ask God to forgive you because that fact that I asked God in that way by itself is an indication that I have judged you to be needing forgiveness, which you may say I have no right to do. I would say that you’re absolutely right that I have judged you. However, judgment is what we do as human beings. We can’t help it. It is so much a part of our nature that it is what defines us as human. That is why as a species, we are in so much trouble. When human cultures and societies have such vast differences in the mores and values we base our judgment on, we are in serious trouble and in real danger of mutual destruction, all based on an archaic idea of who and what we are as human beings.
To better explain myself, let me give you example of why I believe you can’t be conscious of the crime against humanity we are committing at our southern border. At the rally in North Carolina where Trump reiterated his belief that the so-called Squad of four Democratic women of color should “go back to where they came from”, most Republican officials refused to publically rebuke the president and dodged questions about the incidents or came up with some ridiculous rationalization (one congressman stated as a white person, he too is a person of color, which was supposed to somehow excuse the president’s remarks). Most of you see it as not a big deal and simply fodder for the liberal media to ridicule Trump. Let me tell you that I am an educated man, educated to a large degree by white people, and have spent most of my personal and professional life interacting with white people. I am highly respected and considered an asset to the community in which I live. And yet, I can’t tell you how many times in my life, a white person in a fit of anger has told me to go back to Africa. I’ve never been to Africa and the United States is the only country my family has known for at least eight generations. I assert that none of you know a black person who has not been told that at least once in their lives. You will never have any idea how hurtful that is even for a black person who has been in America for generations and knows the statement is ridiculous. Even I can’t imagine how badly a recent immigrant must feel from that kind of vitriol from the President of the United States. It’s the kind of pain you can’t possibly identify with. That is why I believe you can’t possibly truly understand what you are doing by supporting Trump and these policies.
It is my hope that you soon see the world as I think you and I, and all Christians believe Christ saw the world. Not as a world of nations and different races, but part of the one kingdom of God.