Wednesday, November 18, 2020

11/22/2020 - See Christ in Us

11/22/2020 - See Christ In Us Lectionary Reflection - Matthew 25:31-46 NRSV

Trump followers claiming themselves to be persons of faith have a lot for which to answer.  Voting once for Trump for POTUS in 2016 is understandable, but persons of faith voting for him again in 2020 after all the evil and traumatization that he and his enablers have committed requires a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to be convened with right of referral to the American criminal prosecution system.  Trump and his enablers have without doubt, as detailed in the above article, committed crimes against humanity and against the United States of America.  It would be best if the commission could be structured like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that ended apartheid in South Africa when the citizens took back majority rule from the white supremacist government of that era.

This Sunday's lectionary scripture makes the contrast so clear as Jesus separates the sheep from the goats.  The sheep were the ones who fully honored hospitality toward the needs of those who came into their orbit, whether they were orphans or immigrants or the poor or imprisoned.  The goats were the inhospitable ones, i.e. all the ones who in their prideful self-righteous triumphalism turned away those who so desperately cried out for their help.  Trumpsters who voted twice for the evil man, both in 2016 and 2020 know who you are in this Biblical lesson from Jesus.  Trump and those who enabled him in any and all acts of criminality and traumatization must be brought before the bar of justice.

A Truth and Reconciliation Commission will let us find the goats and refer them for prosecution.

Brad Shumate, M.S.,M.A., LPC,LMHC

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