My Easter Letter to Pastors, Preachers, Rabbis and Teachers in The United States
When Roy Moore was running to represent Alabama in the senate, I sent an email to all the Baptist pastors in Alabama, and asked them to make the sermon of their lives. I don’t know how many pastors took my advice or even read my email. But three wrote back, and I felt I did what I had to do. Roy Moore, a known child molester, did not become a US senator. And for that, we are all thankful to Alabamans.
I am calling on pastors, preachers and all religious leaders to create a well thought-out Easter Sunday Sermon to address how to best preserve our American democracy and the rule of law. Many Americans believe we have a president who is trying to obstruct or skirt justice for acts he committed as part of an unholy life, motivated by ego, greed and a complete lack of respect for others.
I am aware that many Evangelist pastors supported Donald Trump and many probably (not all) still do. Now that we all have had some time to see how Trump performs and who he really is, those who actively or passively support Trump should reconsider. I sense Trump supporters will eventually realize the Trump presidency was a big mistake for their own families, communities and for the entire country. This short letter will explain why.
First, think on the kids of Parkland, Florida. I wondered why these 16-year old students had such strident idealism and were supported by so many Americans. I thought back to when I was 16 – and it hit me.
There are two special times in a person’s life when one can possibly afford the luxury of being idealistic. The first of those times is when you are a teenager in the home of a well-to-do loving parent. Because the roof over your head and meals are paid for by your parents, you have the time to ponder what seems right to you in life and stand up for those values with your heart, soul and words.
But what happened to the idealism of the hippie generation of the 1960’s? They graduated college and went out into the world to make a buck. And after a few years of that struggle ( which was much less of a struggle back then than it is today ) the hippie youthful idealism was pretty much gone. I was there. All but vanished. And soon, the “it’s all about me” generation was in power. By the 1980’s we even heard “greed was good.”
In Paul Simon’s song, El Condor Pasa, the lyrics say “A man gets tied up to the ground, he gives the world its saddest sound.” I did not understand the meaning of those lyrics as a young man, but I do now. It’s actually a Peruvian folk song and it means while men have to struggle to get by or make ends for a family, it’s easy to lose their idealistic dreams. The loss of their youthful idealism is the world’s saddest sound.
Our lives re-open to idealism again when we are much older, and after a proper retirement. After we have brought up our families, paid our mortgages and bills more or less, and we are covered for life, we can afford to get back in touch with our long lost youthful idealism.
Between the ages of 21 and 65, its hardest to be idealistic. It’s why older retired folks make better public servants than people with families to nurture.
Which brings me to why pastors and religious leaders should remind their congregations this Sunday of what Jesus would have said about Donald Trump’s total lack of empathy and love for those less fortunate. Why? Because if you fail to rally your teenagers to Jesus’s point of view, you lose them for life! So what do you teach the kids?
Anyone can see Trump does not possess the qualities of a holy man or even a good man according to the teachings of Jesus. And most teenagers can see through Donald Trump, even though many of their parents can’t.
Let’s go over some of Jesus’s teachings to highlight just how far Trump is from being a man worthy of respect.
- For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Trump never served anyone in his life. Draft dodger.)
- But I say to you, Love your enemies … ( Trump is so off-base here, he even asks that we hate some of our neighbors and fellow Americans.)
- Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone. (Trump – a total sinner – casts stones with every tweet. Am I right – or am I right?)
- For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul? ( I think this is the most fitting for Mr. Trump, since it speaks to profit and greed. Trump has repeatedly shown he is willing to step on anyone for profit. )
Preachers. Teachers. Pastors. Fellow citizens. Parents. I don’t have to tell you how never-Trump Jesus would have been. You already know that. Before you advocate for Trump again, or fail to use your pulpit to advocate against Trump, one who clearly represents a sort of anti-Christ incarnate, think on your teenagers! You are losing them right now, in the most idealistic part of their lives. And they will not forget.
Today’s teenagers will grow to become adults, as we all do. But Trump-era teenagers will have no respect for institutions that preach the teachings of Jesus Christ on Sunday, and speak well of Donald Trump on Monday.
Our idealistic teenagers just can’t square that circle in their minds. And now that I am semi-retired, neither can I.
Dear preachers, teachers, firemen, doctors, plumbers, citizens young and older:
Please share this memo along with your own thoughts on this matter with your community and fellow religious leaders.
We are only facing a constitutional crisis in the USA because we are failing to address the moral crisis of remaining silent about a president who lacks decent character by any standard of measurement.
This is particularly noticeable in Congress. Your representatives do not get to tell you what is right. They represent you. You have to know what is right. And you have to tell them to represent your ideas, not the other way around.
But first, one has to formulate those ideas and that takes some introspection. Remember, most politicians are self-serving opportunists who are not in the least idealistic. Idealism is supposed to be the realm of religion. Lose idealism, and you can forget respect for your religious teachings going forward.
Thank You for your considerations.
I am open you your thoughts at: firstname.lastname@example.org