Everyone has reflected on the election of Donald Trump to the position of President-elect. I have read reflections by pundents and other serious-minded citizens. Up to now I have read nothing from the perspective of a 90 year old. So, I must speak now, or forever hold my peace.
I don’t need to tell you that the election shows sharp divisions in the nation. Hilary Clinton won the popular vote, but Donald Trump appears to have won through the electoral college. Hence a minority rules. (On reading this My Joyce interjected, “That’s a bummer of a system”).
This time the minority happens to be English-speaking, and white. These are the people that drove the Native Americans off their land and enslaved Africans. No wonder there is fear among non-white and non-English speaking majorities.
The election reminded me of a tenant of my father’s faith. He never voted in a national election because he did not trust an important decision to a mere majority. Words from the book of Daniel in the Old Testament made him confident that the “most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.”
If that were true we could blame the result of any election on God, and absolve the voters of any responsibility for their foibles. There was another reason my father did not vote in national elections. Participation in the electoral process might compromise his position as a nonresistant Christian. Furthermore, his vote might obligate him to go to war on behalf of the commander-in-chief he had helped put in office.
In 1970 I forsook my Father’s view of politics and registered as a Democrat and voted for democrat candidates. Anyone may delve more deeply into my political history by clicking here.
I pondered through the Life Long Learning sessions led by Alan Kreider about how the church faced the empire in the first four centuries of its history. That church was as tough as the times, filled with loving tenderness and Godly patience. An applicant for baptism was examined as to manner of life. The question asked was “Did the applicant relate to others as Jesus did.
The life and teachings of the Apostles Peter and Paul challenge me. Their followers were not sword-bearing insurrectionists. Yet they appeared to be a threat to those in authority. So they were imprisoned, beaten and threatened. Yet they prayed for their persecutors, sang praises to God and blessed those who persecuted them. They simply could not obey an order to be quiet when Jesus had trusted them to preach the Good News.
Wisdom for our times can be found in “Eight Little Words” written by Glen Guyton in the Mennonite, found by clicking here. A friend here in Greencroft’s assisted living is a devout woman of great faith having raised five sons and learned to play the violin. Early in the campaign she confided that we should pray for Donald Trump that he be converted and filled with the Holy Spirit.
To elect is good
if the elected were good
if good or not, pray