In the beginning … God said …
Christianity joins Judaism as being a religion “of the book’. Christians might debate whether a particular passage is to be taken literally or metaphorically; but there is no doubt that we take “the Word” – all of it – seriously.
Donald Trump has said a number of things that he needs to be held accountable for, because the word becomes flesh – language is the ethereal stuff of the substance of our lives.
- President-Elect Trump mocked a reporter with a physical disability – in word and in his actions. He needs to be held accountable for that.
- Mr. Trump lied about how President Obama dealt with a protester in the crowd.
- Mr. Trump’s way of handling protesters at his events: ‘I’d like to punch him in the face.”
- Mr. Trump bragged about “kissing, groping and trying to have sex” with women in a 2005 conversation – a conversation for which he has apologized.
- Mr. Trump held to his opinion that President Obama was not born in the US until just weeks before the election.
- Mr. Trump has promised to build a wall along the Mexican border and have Mexico pay for it.
- Mt. Trump has promised to bring back factory and manufacturing jobs.
In a post-election segment, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly said that what Mr. Trump “needs more than anything else right now is our prayers.” No. Absolutely not. What Mr. Trump needs more than anything else right now is to be held accountable for the words he has spoken, the lies he has told, the disrespect he has shown to veterans, immigrants and people of color, and the inflammatory rhetoric that has been characteristic of his campaign.
Here is my fear: Either Mr. Trump will have to show himself to have blatantly and intentionally misled the American people – most economists point to the fact that the jobs Mr. Trump has promised to bring back simply don’t exist anymore – or Mr. Trump will become, of necessity, much more the “insider” that he has railed against, and end up proving that he really is ignorant when it comes to governing.
I do wonder, had Mr. Trump won, even if only slightly, the popular vote but lost the election, would he be yelling “Foul!” and “Rigged!”? I couldn’t help but notice that HRC made no intimation of any such thing in her speech today. She lost fair and square and acknowledged that fact.
Ms. Kelly got it wrong. Mr. Trump does need our prayers; but more than that, he needs to be held accountable for all the promises he has made, the insults he has levied, the lies he has told. The irony in all of this lies in the fact that it is not his detractors he has to worry about; it is his supporters – the people he has stirred up to a boiling point, focusing on the loss of some of their privilege rather than the opportunities that already exist. Those of us who never swallowed most of what he served up don’t stand to be nearly as disappointed as the folks who have been led to believe that this one man – who has bankrupt one business after another, has made his way through three wives, has insulted more than half the citizens of the nation he will soon preside over – it’s those folks who have swallowed his rhetoric hook, line and sinker that he has to worry about now.
In the beginning was the Word … and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory … All of Mr. Trump’s words are about to be come flesh. They will “dwell among us”. Time will tell just how much “glory” will shine in them. President-Elect Trump is about to learn just how much words really do matter.