Alabama has it right! We have already lost the abortion battle, which we may lose anyway, if we say murder is OK in some rare cases. It would be the equivalent of saying “well I guess you can murder that person because they had a poor or rough childhood and their quality of life going forward is, in my opinion, not worthy”. And there is where the problem comes in, “in my opinion” makes the killing about me and what I want or think and not about the decision to life being sacred to every single human baby, teen, adult or senior. We open ourselves up to the accusation that we are being inconsistent and hypocrites if we allow for exceptions of rape or incest and those accusations would be completely accurate. As Christians, sin is sin and the minute we start exceptions for sin is the very minute we lose the battle against evil. And just for the record, the church has and is already conceding “land for peace” with the secular society we find ourselves surrounded by in hopes of being seen as more compassionate or acceptable. This is so much a wrong, warped and short sighted focus as our holy Father in heaven is the only one we need to please. So I encourage all Christians to choose sides and choose a path and at the same time to be careful which one we choose. One of those paths leads nowhere good and we already know from scripture that most will take that much easier and broad path with lots of company. And although it is a much harder journey, I implore you to choose the very narrow pathway of real compassion which includes support for crisis pregnancies, housing pregnant teens, adoption and prayer. If you are truly “pro life” this is the only option that leads to true life, both on this earth for the not yet born and eternal life in heaven for those who choose that less traveled pathway.
U2, a professed Catholic/Christian singing group from Ireland, launched their 2018 tour yesterday in Tulsa OK. Ironically, on the same day they announced their support for the repeal of Ireland’s 8th amendment which guarantees pre-born humans the right to life and prohibiting abortion on demand.
I will make this as short and un-sweet as possible. This is Satan at his sinister best to convince some supposed Christian band to launch their latest tour in the heart of the reddest of the red states (where, if put it to a vote of the people, abortion would lose soundly). Like so many others, they have surrendered to the god of this world by supporting the murder of the innocents.
And here is what appears to be the most ironically evil part of this whole thing is that they are calling their 2018 tour “Innocence Tour” and they announce that they support the the killing of the innocent on the same day they launch their tour of the same name.
Is there is a special place in hell for those who hurt or promote the hurting of the innocents? Scripture would suggest so and none of the guilty will escape and neither will U2. Will their influence tip the scales in Satan’s favor in Ireland’s vote? If so I am so afraid for them (U2) and the tremendous judgement it may bring.
- America is a Christian nation. There are still plenty of “die hards” out there still holding on to fantasy land. Contrary to wishful thinking, the moral high ground, once held by a more singularly focused majority of Christian/Catholic believers in America, has been ceded over to secular society and a cultural “Christian club” atmosphere significantly lacking in immovable and unchangeable standards. The unthinkable 50 years ago in terms of marital, moral and societal character has become tolerated if not boldly promoted in more and more denominations and churches across the breadth of this country. The mantra of being “on the right side of history” is being heard with increasing volume as the church attempts to “fit in” and be found relevant in the eyes of a society which has embraced a philosophy of “all of the above” when it comes to work and play. A humble attitude of servant hood, holiness and intercession is more imperative than ever in our role as “occupied” Christians.
- Divorce is not that big of a deal. This is a topic which, in most cases, requires one to change the entire focus and origin of marriage from being one of sacrifice, commitment and servant hood to a focus of selfishness and a “what makes me happy” attitude. Marriage was intended to be a picture of the unfailing commitment of God (the groom) to his people (the bride). So for the church to let this institution fall from its rightful position of highest importance and honor is deplorable. In fact, if any were wondering why answered prayer seems to be harder to come by these days one need only read Malachi 2:13-16 where God plainly states that our petitions and sacrifices are no longer acceptable because of the high divorce rate among His people. These verses should be an aha moment for the church but instead is perhaps our biggest area of denial. High divorce rates, which God clearly hates, are literally denuding the church of its effectiveness by surrendering this most important standard to the enemy.
- Pornography is primarily a problem among the un-churched. Patently FALSE! YOUR men sitting in YOUR pews in YOUR church are viewing pornography at alarming rates. All surveys indicate that pornography viewing among Christian men is on par and in some instances higher than that of their secular counterparts. Here are some statistics spanning 20 years. In 1996 an informal poll was conducted at a Promise Keepers conference which indicated that 1 in 3 of the attendees admitted to struggling with pornography. By 2009 a poll conducted by the Barna Group found 21% of Christian men saying they were fully addicted to porn and a staggering 64% saying that they viewed porn at least once a month. By 2014, just a short 5 years later, a new Barna poll saw that number had ballooned to as high as 79% among adult Christian males. This epidemic is also probably one of the single biggest contributing factors to denial #2.
Footnote: At a recent men’s meeting at our church only about 10% of the over 200 men present raised their hands when asked “who here feels comfortable praying with their wives”. Likely there is a direct and devastating relationship between that percentage and the percentage of those viewing porn since what guy is going to feel comfortable praying with someone they are being unfaithful too?
- Our Christian youth are remaining chaste. Again, patently FALSE! And again I’m talking about your youth in your church. Partly as a direct result of denials #2 & #3 with the added enticement of denial #5, our youth see little reason or import in purity and chastity and are in fact seduced in the opposite direction by media, movies and moral relevance. They have watched increasing numbers of grown adults, pastors or lay church workers getting caught up in divorce, adultery, affairs, pre-marital sex and pornography with little accompanying stigma, shunning or earthly consequences. As a result, they have grown to view participation in these areas as inevitable and the status-quo. What was once normal and healthy curiosity held back by well articulated and time honored standards of character and chivalry has morphed into rampant sexual experimentation run amuck as any consequences of sexual sin has been clouded as they witnessed the preceding generation’s promiscuity given a progressive wink and a nod. What has become accepted as normal in the church has little resemblance to biblical or traditional virtuous behavior. A study conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy conducted in December 2009 indicated that 80% of evangelical youth had had sex compared to the only slightly higher 88% of secular youth of the same age. Young Christians simply do not understand or care “what’s the big deal” as the church has failed miserably in articulating to them the abundant blessings and benefits of sexual holiness nor the dangers, statistics of sadness, divorce rates and diseases related to rejecting God’s plan.
- With the things people wear now days, modesty is not that big of a deal. Historically, everyone would have agreed that men are stimulated visually. With what “passes” these days as modest one would think this well established fact had gone by the way side. I’m here to let you know that nothing has changed in the water as myself and all the guys I know are still very affected visually by form fitting, almost revealing and “cute is the new sexy” attire popular in today’s society. And, truth be told, this is a contributing factor in denials #3 and #4. In no way am I suggesting Burkas as the norm for Christians. But surely we can find some reasonable middle ground between the biblically described “bloomers” under full length robes, as instructed for those who minister before the Lord, and the almost nothing is too tight or revealing practice we see common today. One need only do a Google image search of “sexy jeans” to understand that the very popular leggings and skinny jeans are understood by society to be “sexy”. Is this what we want to be seeing, teaching (by practice or acceptance) and displaying as normal among Christians. I am suggesting that it should not be so. When almost nothing is left to the imagination, as if men needed help with their imaginations (again see denial #3), where else can you go. I do not believe I should have to put a guard over my eyes at church. I have to do this all day long out in “the world” and I think church, at a minimum, should be a safe place for me, my sons and the men around me (to a person, this is the opinion of almost every guy I have discussed this topic with). Men are drawn away because of their own lust and they can’t blame anybody else. My understanding of the “preferring my brother” concept in scripture has me, for example, forgoing alcohol around a brother for whom this has been a struggle in the past and see this principal as applicable in being considerate towards all with modest dress, especially the weaker brother. And with the porn viewing stats in denial #3 it’s clear the overwhelming majority of us are that weaker brother.
- Why all the fuss about homosexuality? Simply put because it is sin and it destroys lives. It is included in a long list of sins in Romans 1 including gossip, murder, envy etc. for which there is a punishment of death. Churches left and right are falling all over themselves to capitulate on this subject. The Pastor of Hillsong New York, Carl Lentz, recently said “we have a lot of men and women who are gay in our church and I pray we always do”. This was his way of avoiding taking a firm position on the acceptance of homosexuality after a couple of men in their choir (one on staff) announced they were getting married. Can you imagine substituting a different sin in that narrative such as “we have a lot of pedophiles in our church and I pray we always do”? That would be absurd (at least as of this writing). Homosexuality is an abomination in the eyes of God (no more or less than other sins) and even many in the gay community are skeptical about the goings on. The following article is a fascinating read. http://thefederalist.com/2016/05/16/loveless-narcissistic-sex-addicts-a-gay-man-critiques-his-community/
- The voice of the prophet is pretty much gone/ignored. That would depend on where you look and what kind of prophecy you are looking for. The last 3-4 decades has seen a different kind of prophet come on the scene. They tend to be more philosophical, political or personal in their target subject. I have no doubt that the Lord can use almost anyone to deliver His Word to His people. I fancy myself as having prophetic leanings but I am constantly reminded that a jackass did it once which hopefully keeps my errant ego in check. My personal take on the most common role of prophets (at least biblically) is one where the prophet indentifies areas of concern, gives a warning of impending consequences and offers steps of correction or repentance in order to prevent some or all of the fallout. Having witnessed numerous “personal prophecies” which have been delivered to others, and even myself, over the past half century, I have not always seen these types of prophecies producing enduring fruit or valuable direction. It certainly has happened, but it seems to be more the exception. Very recently some “prophets” identified a certain political candidate (now president) as “God’s man of the hour” – maybe, but also maybe not. The main thing I believe is lacking when it comes to prophecy and the prophet today is accountability. There were pretty severe consequences for false prophets in times past and I think many would think twice before opening their mouth if punishments were re-instated. I do believe there are countless prophets today calling for holiness, integrity and commitment – unfortunately fewer and fewer are listening.
- God’s message is one focusing only on mercy. This one is a “two sides of the same coin” issue or one of both/and. One of my main mentors when I was a young adult was Dr. Charles Farah of the theology dept. at ORU. He defined heresy as emphasizing one truth at the exclusion of another. This is exactly what is occurring with the plethora of “feel good” preachers pouring in over the horizon emphasizing all the blessings and none of the curses. The oft extravagant lifestyles and mansions combined with 6 & 7 figure incomes fly insultingly in the face of the lifestyle and message of the humble servant Jesus whom they claim to emulate. It is these same preachers who have been the quickest to capitulate on whatever is trending in society in order to maintain their popularity as their income and lifestyles depend on it. When a spiritual leader omits consequences or judgment from the narrative they likely do an eternal disservice to the hearer. This is unconscionable on the part of these self serving demagogues. The cost of discipleship is terminal as it brings us to the foot of the cross. It is at this beloved monument where true acceptance and riches are found as we follow Jesus, embrace holiness and find true joy in the knowledge that Jesus took our judgment on Himself.
- Love wins! This is actually not an area of denial as much as it is an area where wishful thinking is taking a front row seat. I’m referring to the very popular book of the same name (Love Wins) by Rob Bell. This is different than the preachers in denial #8 as Rob takes a more Universalist view of religion (I can’t bring myself to call it Christianity) in which any eternal consequences are non-existent, hell is not real and everyone will ultimately be “saved”. I can understand the immense popularity of this message especially for those with friends or relatives who have not accepted Jesus. The thought of some eternal physical punishment is not a happy one and to cast some spin on scripture which insures an eventual address in paradise is universally appealing. The knowledge that we serve a patient God who is not willing that any should perish but that all would come to repentance affords me the peace to leave ultimate judgment to His discretion. But lacking a Judeo/Christian basis for a Universalist/no hell scenario, I cannot be party to a message which, according to the scriptures we have, defrauds the hearer by giving some transitory peace of mind.
- The road to heaven is wide and easy to find. No we would never actually say this, but the growth of the “Club Christian” atmosphere in the world defies the fact that scripture actually says the opposite is true. And although somewhat related to denials #8 & 9, this is perhaps the most sobering point to ponder here. I have a love/hate relationship with the parable in Matt. 20 where the kingdom of heaven is described as being like a land owner who hires various groups throughout the day and then pays them all the same as if they had all work the entire day. I especially like to think of God that way as I might be one of the last hires and I want all He has for me. But then the prideful part of me sometimes feels like the one hired first with an inability to appreciate the last person getting the same as me. I am so very glad to leave in God’s hands justice, reward and judgment. At the same time, He did leave in our hands an abundance of scripture indicating there is both judgment and mercy. In fact, it gives me great pause to consider the full context of Matt. 7:13, 14 which plainly states that the road to destruction is broad and MOST will find it and the way is narrow and hard that leads to life and FEW will find it. God, be merciful to me a sinner and please help me find that most narrow of pathways that leads to life eternal!
- I’m sure these are issues in some churches, but not in mine. That is why I call this the top things many in the church are in denial about. Having been youth pastors for the better part of 15 years in churches that would be considered very conservative and evangelical I can tell you my biggest concern is for our youth. I say it that way because most all of the denials above which directly impact adults have devastating consequences on our youth. Parents and pastors easily notice or identify problems with other churches or other people’s kids but are often blind to that which is closest to them. I personally know several circumstances where cultural Christian young people are having sex while their parents, youth pastors or churches are clueless. And I use the term “cultural Christian” very intentionally as this is the best way to describe the children of God fearing parents for whom Christianity is seen as a social identity instead of a relationship with Christ with eternal ramifications. If you are in denial that these are issues in YOUR church, then this blog is ESPECIALLY for you!
I am not suggesting this is a complete list.
PS Abortion: Thankfully this is not a denial in most churches. But I am not sure all Christians understand the absolutely demonic nature of what has become such a norm in our society. It is only in modern day in which the murder of babies either in or outside the womb has become acceptable. It was only backward and barbaric nations which practiced the sacrifice of babies. It was only amongst the most heinous of civilizations in which to slice a baby out of its mother and cut into pieces in their dying presence was considered the ultimate insult. Here are some facts to have at your disposal if you encounter someone considering abortion and they have no “moral” reason not to.
- 31% of women having abortions report suffering physical health complications (1)
- 10% of women having abortions suffer immediate, potentially life-threatening complications (2, 3, 4)
- Women have a 65% higher risk of clinical depression following abortion vs. childbirth (5)
- 65% of women suffer symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after abortion (1)
- Women’s death rates from various causes after abortion are 3.5 times higher than after giving birth (6, 7)
- Many women describe their experience as ‘a nightmare’, which can hardly be equated with ‘choice’. 60% of women surveyed after abortion responded that:’Part of me died’ (1)
- Suicide rates among women who have abortions are six times higher than those who give birth (7, 8)
- Abortion increases a woman’s risk of future miscarriages by 60% (9)
- Source: Rue et. al., “Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women,” Medical Science Monitor 10(10): SR5-16, 2004.
- Frank, et.al., “Induced Abortion Operations and Their Early Sequelae,” Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners 35(73):175-180, April 1985.
- Grimes and Cates, “Abortion: Methods and Complications”, in Human Reproduction, 2nd ed., 796-813.
- M.A. Freedman, “Comparison of complication rates in first trimester abortions performed by physician assistants and physicians,” Am. J. Public Health76(5):550-554, 1986).
- JR Cougle et. al., “Depression Associated With Abortion and Childbirth: A Long-Term Analysis of the NLSY Cohort,” Medical Science Monitor 9(4):CR105-112, 2003.
- M Gissler et. al., “Pregnancy Associated Deaths in Finland 1987-1994 — definition problems and benefits of record linkage,” Acta Obsetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica 76:651-657, 1997.
- M. Gissler, “Injury deaths, suicides and homicides associated with pregnancy, Finland 1987-2000,” European J. Public Health 15(5):459-63, 2005.
- Gissler, Hemminki & Lonnqvist, “Suicides after pregnancy in Finland, 1987-94: register linkage study,” British Journal of Medicine 313:1431-4, 1996.
- N. Maconochie, P. Doyle, S. Prior, R. Simmons, “Risk factors for first trimester miscarriage—results from a UK-population-based case–control study,” BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Dec 2006.
Note: Studies 6, 7 and 8 looked at death rates for an average for up to one year after the end of the pregnancy. Another study found that looked at suicide rates for up to eight years found that, compared to women who gave birth, women who had abortions had a 62% higher risk of death from all causes and a 2.5 times higher suicide rate. Source: DC Reardon et. al., “Deaths Associated With Pregnancy Outcome: A Record Linkage Study of Low Income Women,” Southern Medical Journal 95(8):834-41, Aug. 2002.
The ‘ewe’ spelling in the title is very intentional and it will become abundantly clear as to why. Over just the past few months a couple of fairly high profile Christian personalities have taken nontraditional public positions on the subjects of same sex marriage and abortion. The first to stray was Eugene Peterson (The Message) back in July when he replied yes when asked the question as to whether he would perform a same sex marriage. Then a little over a week ago Pastor Carl Lentz (Hillsong NY) was a guest on The View and declined to decry abortion as wrong.
In both these cases the outcry from evangelical Christians was immediate and voluminous. So much so that both of these men walked back their comments eventually landing back on what most would view as solid ground from a Christian perspective.
It has become all too common for popular Christians, or perhaps it’s more accurate to call them pop culture Christians, to feed from both sides of the fence at the same time in the vain, and misguided effort, to somehow make peace with the secular society. Much like the fictional push me pull you of Dr. Dolittle fame trying to go in opposing directions at the same time. Problem is when attempts are made to find nourishment and direction from opposing sides, much like the good Dr’s lama, you have two faces (innuendo intended) two mouths and no (how can I say this politely?) outlet, which basically means you become full of ….. stuff, really messed up and bad stuff.
I can only come to one conclusion which makes any sense to me as to why there is this great effort to appease and pay so much homage to the world and its ways and that is a lack of the fear of God. Maybe there are other nuanced reasons, but I believe if we drill down there is simply a diminishing belief in the wrath of a holy God who will judge the living and the dead.
Will God change His mind, His scriptural declarations and His judgment eventually welcoming all into His holy presence as many other well known Christians would suggest. It could happen; He is after all God and can do pretty much whatever He wants with His creation. I chose to hold with the traditionally held beliefs in scripture of salvation, grace, judgment and hell. If you want to characterize that as being rather safe than sorry or careful then so be it. Personally I would characterize it as finding tremendous gratefulness to, and love for, Jesus who made a way for me to fellowship with the Holy Father. I could be wrong (if I am there is no down side for me), but if not then it could literally be hell to pay for those choosing not to fear and serve a Holy God.
Well, that’s not exactly what she said in the Neil Gorsuch hearing but it might as well have been. You see when questioning around the subject of abortion Feinstein said that she probably will oppose Gorsuch because he believes “the intentional taking of a human life by private persons is always wrong.”
Does anybody else see the absolute pure and unadulterated hypocrisy in that statement? Was it intentional, was it a Freudian/Feinstein slip or did her true color get exposed? You see, we actually do have laws on the books as it relates to the intentional taking of human life by a private person. And when you exclude the right for self defense, you are left with only one thing and we call it murder. Feinstein didn’t say that Gorsuch thought the taking of a mass of cells or a fetus was wrong, she referred to it as the “intentional taking of a human life” and according to our laws, that is always called murder. So wouldn’t that fall into the plus column for Gorsuch to always follow the law by seeing the intentional taking of a human life as always wrong?
These people who support the killing of babies are simply messed up in the head and it comes out in their inability to even get their terms and stories straight. So eat that cake up baby killers, but just know that it’s going to eat you up in the end. God will NOT be mocked!
Although I am a Christian, with scripture and the laws of God holding a prominent place in my heart and life, you don’t actually have to be a believer in order to make certain choices given our extensive knowledge of history – unless of course you are intent on repeating it which seems to be the status quo most of the time.
Although some may not view Leviticus as a historical book I am going to “enter into evidence” Leviticus 18 for your thoughtful consideration for the purpose of this blog. In that chapter God indicates actions which have caused judgment to fall on all the former inhabitants of the lands, which in this particular case refers to the land to be given to the descendants of Abraham.
The actions identified in Leviticus are of two specific categories. One is sexual activities ranging from adultery and incest to homosexuality and beastiality and the second is killing or burning the innocents (babies) which in that day were an offering to the god Molech.
At that point in Leviticus we have a minimum of 1500 to 2000 years of recorded history to verify that no people group survived who began to practice these types of activities. And now here we are with an additional 3500 years of history to seemingly confirm that any country which was given over to sexual or social activities which did not align with the more conservative Judeo/Christian ethics (and again although I am referencing religion I am doing so in regards to recorded history) have not survived long historically.
I recognize and understand to some extent the laws of physics such as gravity, Newton’s law of motion and others. But what if what we have seen in history is another level of laws for the physical earth which were also set in place from the beginning which cannot be ignored any more than you could ignore gravity regardless of whether you believe it or not. In Leviticus God refers to the land “vomiting out” people groups who participate in the practices listed earlier as if the actual physical land may have some involuntary gag reflex that plays a role in cleansing itself of people who violate these laws. And He promises the same judgment for the Israelites if they participate likewise. And our recorded history really does seem to confirm this to be the case.
So why should any country or people group today expect that they have somehow learned the secret of immunity to the moral laws of the universe which seem to be just as unbreakable even if somewhat less predictable in the timing or means of execution (double entendre).
So whatever you want to call it, free sex, choice, abortion, “love wins”, MYOB, equal rights, gay or women’s rights; history and the laws of the universe will not be changed or persuaded by some progressive school of thought. I find it especially ironic that many progressives call it “being on the right side of history” to give in and practice such activities. Have no doubt, history (and God) will not be mocked.
Trump is not the kind of (read character/personality) president I would prefer. But then neither was Kennedy, Nixon, Bill Clinton or Hillary (if she had been elected). Personally, I think Ford, Carter, Reagan, the 2 Bush’s and to some extent even Obama conducted themselves with a demeanor that honors the office. I’m not sure I see that happening with Trump. He, unfortunately, is another in a category of what appears to be self serving, and, with Trump in particular, generally not presidential (my opinion). But alas all those mentioned before, and now Trump, were and are our (speaking of the citizens of US) president.
Was he (Trump) locker room boasting or has he actually grab women inappropriately? I don’t know and I suggest neither do you. To talk that way is wrong and insulting to women and to actually act out that way is criminal. I will tell you that I am VERY glad that hidden microphones were not around for some of the hurtful things I have said to Barbie and she feels the same way about some of the things she has said to me. We have truly done more damage to each other by some of our unrecorded words that anything I or Trump may have boasted about in the “locker room”. In fact as I have asked around, most admit that we are fortunate microphones were not hidden in various places for some of the worst things we have said. This in NO WAY excuses what I have said to Barbie or the demeaning way Trump spoke about women. But it is disingenuous for most of us to have some huge moral outrage at Trump while at the same time thanking our lucky stars under our breath that some of our “locker room” outbursts were never recorded. It is at this point I want to apologize to all women for any of the untoward things I have spoken in the past which were insulting towards women. I am glad there were not many, but I am guilty. I am far sorrier for how I have hurt my wife with my reactive or cutting words which actually did damage.
So I get it, Trump is not my kind of president either, but he IS my president. And I actually held my nose and voted for him as, given the candidates we were afforded, I was driven to a single issue and that was abortion. This single issue is defining and dividing our country more than race, gender questions or cake baking. It is an issue that gained significant traction out of the free love generation of the 60’s and the lack of wanting to take responsibility for what all that unaccountable sex produced. Just to be clear, this is a maturity and a responsibility issue not some benign choice issue. A majority of Americans oppose abortion on demand. Science has learned so much since the early 70’s to include the awareness of immense pain the not yet born baby can feel after just a few weeks of growth.
Consider this, we would all be outraged if somebody cut open a beautiful Labrador dog, pulled half a dozen puppies out and cut them into pieces. In fact that person would be arrested and prosecuted for animal cruelty and would likely spend time behind bars. But do the same thing in a PP office and a million people marching for women’s rights will cheer as if that act somehow preserved civility and rights. Or the fact that the majority of women who identified as pro-choice, once shown an actual video of a C&D or partial birth abortion change their position right then and there. My son Chad and I were discussing this subject this morning and he said that a nice white sanitary veil has been hung up to obscure the reality of what is actually happening behind the closed doors of abortion clinics and that people have bought into an idea of freedom, choice and rights that is actually anything but.
I had a close and long time friend write something on facebook this past week to the effect of “if my friends who voted for Trump don’t get it, then just listen”. So this past Saturday, my wife and I watched and listened to CNN and other mainstream media outlets as the “march for women’s rights” events were televised. Maybe it is just us “stupid rural” folks, but to watch Ashley Judd’s rant or Elisabeth Warren describe the things she wants to fight Trump about was to end up very confused. I will just put Ashley Judd aside as I don’t even know what to say about her, but I did not hear very much of what Elisabeth Warren was fighting for that Trump would disagree with or that Trump has not already joined in the fight for. In addition to listening, we also watched. And what we saw confused us even more. For a crowd that was (in truth) protesting Trump’s disgusting antics as much or more than they were advocating women’s rights, we were frankly disgusted by many of the vile signs, costumes and gestures. Remind me – what was this march about??? We saw signs covering the gamut of subjects, most of which had little or nothing to do with women’s rights.
Now top all that off with the fact that if you were a Trump supporter or a pro-life woman, your rights were not to be included or protected in this “noble” cause. In fact, you were not welcomed and if you did show up you were threatened and actually chased from the parade route.
So after actually listening and watching Barbie and I did in fact learn a few things. We learned that well over 50% of the women in America were simply “not welcomed” to this party supposedly promoting all women’s rights. We learned that Ashley Judd is just plain crazy. We learned that many people are, justifiably, upset about Trump’s foul mouth and perhaps actions and are willing to get out and march about it. We learned that the “everyone is welcomed to join” does not actually mean everyone. We learned that if Trump voices support for something it is ignored but if Elisabeth Warren is for the same exact thing everyone cheers. We learned that Madonna wants to “blow up the White House”. We agree that it’s wrong for Trump to say disgusting things but don’t understand why countless people wearing vagina costumes out in public is somehow ok. We learned that an anti-Jewish and anti-Israel Palestinian woman was one of the main organizers of the march which doesn’t sound very inclusive.
Most of these fears being expressed appear to be red herrings to me. I haven’t heard Trump or anybody he has appointed wanting to invalidate gay marriages, destroy the arts (although in my opinion government has no business spending tax dollars there but that is not an attack on the arts), undo LGBTQ rights or in any way destroy education (although this should only be handled at the state level in my opinion). And even though Trump would be called a climate denier, to a person, everyone he has appointed who has been asked in the vetting hearings, agrees that climate change is real. I have not seen any suggestion or indication that any US citizen might be marginalized because of race, gender or religion in fact, Trump has a better record of equal pay in his businesses than Hillary did among her own staff.
Bottom line, listening should be a 2-way experience. But we have learned that it is not always that way. We also leaned that to be included, welcomed or not ignored means something very different with those who lean left than those of us who lean further to the right. It is normally portrayed that the left is the inclusive and non judgmental crowd but this past weekend would suggest the opposite is actually true.