I am lucky to have good friends of all religions, political parties, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and everything in between. As a humanist, I intrinsically believe in the goodness of humanity and the personal obligation to do what is necessary to improve the well-being of all humans. Many depend on the tenets of organized religion as a guide. Cody reminds every Christian that Trump is devaluing and putting all they believe in at peril. He wrote the following today on his Facebook page.
Just a reminder to my Christian brothers and sisters that we liberals are going through a rough time and that many people are pretty low on hope these days.
We care deeply about the environment, but we are standing helpless as this administration destroys the air, water, and land we care so deeply about. We want to see working people earn a living wage, have a safe job site, be able to support a family and even be able to own a home without getting ripped off too hard if they work hard for it. LGBT people want equality, and they are seeing that taken away, dreamers who grew up in this country are scared to death of being deported to a country they have never known. Women are afraid of being reduced to second class status. Minorities are afraid of being racially stereotyped.
Many liberal people have worked their entire life to try to make these things a little better, and they are seeing their entire life’s work come in danger of being crushed before their eyes by a rich billionaire who cares about nothing other than himself.
As you sit in your church today, finding hope in the message of Christ, I should remind you that the majority of Americans voted against Trump and that most people who did not vote opposed Trump. In other words, the majority of Americans are pretty low on hope these days.
Luckily, you hold a message of hope, and you can offer that message of hope if you just open your mind, your heart, and your arms. If your message is that you want to preach the Gospel to the poor, proclaim freedom to the prisoners, recovery of sight to the blind, to love your neighbor as yourself, to provide sanctuary for foreigners and immigrants, to give what you have to anyone in need, and all the other things the Bible commands, then the fields will be ripe unto harvest and you can usher in the largest Christian movement the world has ever seen.
On the other hand, if you stay the course, hold to the Republican Party, preach the message of Trump, desire to see immigrants deported, say the poor and the sick deserve what they get, condemn gay people, and support the destruction of the planet, then your numbers will continue to shrink, and your church of the frozen chosen will eventually close down and become nothing more than a museum to times gone by.
It comes down to a question. Do you love Christ or Trump more? If you love Christ more, follow him and give hope to a hurting world of people who are low on hope. If you love Trump more, follow him and continue hurting people, but know that your church will suffer in the long run. You cannot serve two masters. The choice is yours, and I hope you choose the right one.