We live in world where where the most powerful nation on earth elected a man who succeeded and rose to the top at the expense of others…who deplores and despises the very people Christians are called upon to give special place and favor.
To show just how anti-Christian Donald Trump is, Michael Stark juxtaposes Jesus’ beatitudes and real quotes from Donald Trump.
Jesus said, Blessed are the meek…
Trump said “My life has been about winning. When people wrong you, go after those people, because it is a good feeling. I always get even. My life has not been about losing.”
Jesus said, Blessed are those who are persecuted, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Trump said, “I’m putting the people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win..they’re going back.” And he made good on his promise by signing an executive order banning all refugees from that war ravaged land.
But the focus of Jesus’ ministry is not not the King Herods of this world…
God chooses to be on the side of the weak, the forgotten, the despised, and the justice seekers pleading their case–like the “Lawyer flash mobs” at airports trying to get the unknown number of visa and green-card holders being unlawfully detained at airports released.
I like to imagine that if Jesus were to update his Sermon on the Mount with Some Modern Beatitudes, he would say…
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
….blessed are the volunteer lawyers who are working pro-bono preparing habeas corpus petitions for detainees at American airports and the thousands of men and women who inspired by their better angels got in their cars or hopped on a train and rallied and stood outside and shouted “Let them in!” Blessed are the journalists who search for the truth and write it and help the public separate fact from fiction. Blessed are the artists and poets and actors throughout the world who are arrested and jailed for speaking truth to power.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you.
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Also, you can read a lovely first person account, “My Day Volunteering with @OrdLawyersHQ”
And then there are the refugee detainees right here in our own city…
Blessed are the forgotten ones hungering and thirsting for justice…the asylum seekers held in detention in the basement of the Vancouver Airport–where neither visitors or lawyers are permitted entry…which immigration lawyer Phil Rankin called “the most isolated place in Canada.”