Regardless of what you think of Jesus or whether you believe in him or not, what is real, is the story of Jesus. There is a story and in many ways, President Donald Trump’s story reminds me of some Jesus type things. Jesus brought great divide in the world. We do not have to go back to The Crusades to know of serious division on this planet. To this day, there is discord about him among people who believe in him and people who don’t.
In the book of Matthew Jesus says, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account, you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.”
He also said, “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”
President Trump is also a figure that creates strife and division within families. Many Trump supporters are ridiculed and verbally flogged in public nowadays. The whole world is at odds over this president and that extends to our families. For me, most of my entire family voted for Trump. They were lifelong Democrats that never in their life voted for a Republican. As Irish Catholics, their loyalty to the Democrat Party goes back to the first and only Irish Catholic President John F. Kennedy.
President Trump changed all of that. He flipped, at least in my case, almost an entire family to vote for him. In my family, we have at least one individual that did not vote for Trump and never has voted for a Republican for president in their entire lives. This person is and always has been, the most liberal, left-wing progressive, bomb thrower in our family. The viewpoint coming from deep within the LGBTQ community, this person was certainly no independent or moderate. This is our family’s lefty extraordinaire, every family has one. Strangely, they never see themselves as that.
Recently we had a falling out over our president. As I see President Trump as a patriotic seventy-year-old man who just wants to fix things; he sees the president as a Nazi or Russian spy that needs to be impeached or jailed, for that matter. Like Jesus, President Trump has brought the sword to our family. In Luke 22:36, Jesus said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.”
Of course, we speak of the proverbial sword or the analogous one and these are my opinions. However, this divide is happening to a lot of people. Even folks at work or amongst friends, there seems to be an unbridgeable gulf or a bond that does not seem like it is going to be healed anything soon. In my case, I could go to the Healy Crater on the far side of the moon and could not get away from this bickering.
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