My wife Tracie grew up in Orange, Texas, a Gulf Coast town that lies in the ruby-red heart of Trump’s America. The president enjoys nearly unmitigated support from the white community there. Her parents live there and we visit regularly.
That’s Tracie’s father below, Rev. Randall Branch, a Methodist Pastor, celebrating Easter in his church with our daughters.
Last week, following the El Paso and Dayton shootings, he sent the following letter to the White House. He also posted it on his church’s blog and Facebook. It speaks for itself and I am glad to share it here (as per his encouragement in the post’s post-script).
I have been praying about the shootings in El Paso and Dayton. Asking for God to be with those who have been thrust into a time of grief, healing and perhaps hopelessness. My prayer is that God heal them in every way needed, physically and mentally. My prayers are also for all those who are afflicted with hatred, bigotry and racism, that they too may be healed and come to know the loving grace that God pours out upon all people.
For all of us who know Jesus Christ as our savior I pray that in all we do and all we say we are an example of who Christ wants us to be and not who our flesh sometimes calls us to be. You know that “loving your neighbor is all inclusive and never exclusive!”
I am not making a political statement when I say that it was good to hear President Trump denounce all forms of hatred and bigotry. I do wish however that he had gone a step further in that statement and made sure that those who thrive on hatred, racism and bigotry would know that he is not their friend and wants nothing to do with their movements or way of thinking. I believe that step further would also lead to a kinder more thoughtful way of saying things in the future that would/could not be interpreted by people that are looking for an excuse to cause harm to others through word or deed.
If you need some Biblical support one of many scriptures we should be living by is Colossians 3:1-17. They speak about our world today and about how we are, as Christians, to live our lives.
Got that off my chest but maybe I need to send a letter just like this to the White House. Hmmm! I wonder if He would read it.
Have a blessed day in Jesus Christ…for He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
PS. please feel free to copy and share if you would like to..maybe even come to a house of worship like the one below.