Below the fold: It’s not just Trump voters who are “no good”November 17, 2016
If you’ve ever wondered, let me dispel all mystery: you’re no good. But before you get your ire up, I’m no good either.
One of the realities revealed by the 2016 election cycle is the depth of disdain Americans feel toward one another based on political worldview. Right now, it seems there is no way to escape the nauseating reality of moving around in an environment of anger and hate. The digital airwaves are literally full of it. It seeps into our homes from watercooler talk, hallway discussions and what we overhear in the line to buy lunch. Our country is limping into the holidays exhausted from arguing, but where can we turn?
A recent commentary revealed the deep brokenness only a spiritual revival can put right.
Slate’s Senior Political Correspondent, Jamelle Bouie eviscerated the recommendation for empathy as the starting point of civil discourse in a pluralistic society. He deems all Trump voters wholly unworthy of empathy.
To the 60,526,852 of his fellow Americans who voted for Donald Trump, but don’t like being labeled as a racist, Bouie says, “That you have black friends or Latino colleagues, that you think yourself to be tolerant and decent, doesn’t change the fact that you voted for racist policy that may affect, change, or harm their lives. And on that score, your frustration at being labeled a racist doesn’t justify or mitigate the moral weight of your political choice.”
Bouie’s condemnation is comprehensive: Trump voters are simply no good racists who now bear responsibility for the choice they made. Here, I concede, Bouie is right. As Jesus observed, “none is good – except God alone” (Mark 10:18).
This, then, is a conversation about the truly good, truly right and truly beautiful. Which is a long way from where we’re living right now as a people. Having lost site of the truly beautiful, having exchanged truth for lies and having embraced wrong as right, how could we now be surprised that half of the nation sees the other as no good? It’s a hatchet job that’s currently cutting both ways. Because as Bouie sees half of his neighbors as “no good racists,” those no good racists are categorizing and castigating the other half as equally “good for nothing sore losers,” “cry-baby elites,” and “no good baby killers.”
Our hearts are blind to our own sin, but ready and eager to point out the sin of our neighbors. If the post-election behavior of Americans on both sides of the proverbial political divide has revealed anything, it has revealed a depth of sin and hate among us that a holiday break is not likely to heal. Bouie is right in recognizing his adversaries are no good— what he fails to see is that those on whose side he stands are no good as well. We all stand equally condemned in this present darkness.
The way forward is through repentance all around.
The good news is real reconciliation is possible for each and all who will humbly find our way to the foot of the Cross where some watched a man die and others found the hope of resurrection.
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