Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective
Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, recently said that “America First” means that our values as a nation cannot define our foreign policy. “Our values around freedom, human dignity, the way people are treated – those are our values. Those are not our policies.”
One former State department spokesman responded, “Divorcing our interests from our values … is like trying to plant cut flowers.”
Here’s My Take: Tillerson’s statement represents the heart of Donald Trump’s presidency and the danger Trump represents. Policies, whether domestic or foreign, end up reflecting values, stated or not.
Whether seeking to build a wall, inviting Philippine leader, Rodrigo “The Punisher” Duterte to the White House, or providing precision-guided weapons to Saudi Arabia, “America First” is a euphemism for putting nails in the cross of human dignity.
Cutting the root is to kill the plant.*
*The writer of Proverbs, having met Donald Trump on more than one occasion, offers this hopeful insight: A man will not be established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will not be moved. (12:3)