THE PRESIDENT AND HIS “ME FIRST” VISION

Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective

President Trump’s attempt at national unity through his “Me First” vision is falling short.

As stated in his inaugural address, “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first.”

While this vision got him elected, it’s not broad enough to support his decrees.

The outcry over his Muslim ban from those who didn’t vote for him – those whose values include tolerance, inclusion and justice – could have been anticipated. Such values are ignored by Trumpers who argue that they are not applicable to our threatened nation.

The unexpected opposition, however, is from the core of his support: Christian conservatives.

Here’s My Take: Increasingly, what is read in church and what is seen in politics are clashing. Much of the Bible, for example, is about refugees—from Moses to the Good Samaritan. Consider scriptures like “You are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” (Deut. 10:19)

Me First” is not a Christian option.

 

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