Why You Can’t Preach Jesus on Sunday and Speak Well of Trump on Monday

One can no longer respect institutions that preach the teachings of Jesus Christ on Sunday, and speak well of Donald Trump on Monday. 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.

My 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 to create a well thought-out and coordinated 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 18 months to see how he performs and who he really is, if you still actively or passively support Trump you should reconsider. You are making a big mistake for yourself, your community and the country. This short letter will explain why.

First, think on the kids of Parkland, Florida. I wondered why these 16-year old students  have such strident idealism and also the support of so many American right now.  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 that with your heart, soul and at least your spoken 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 gone. All but vanished. And soon, an “it’s all about me” generation was in power. And 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

A man’s life re-opens to idealism after a proper retirement. After we have brought up our families, paid our mortgages and bills more or less, and are covered for life, we can afford to get back in touch with our lost youthful idealism.  Between the ages of 21 and 65, its hardest to remain idealistic. It’s why I think older retired folks make better politicians than people with families to nurture.

Which brings me to why you must make the sermon of your life again very soon, but this time your congregation needs to hear about what Jesus would have said about Donald Trump and what defines justice today. Because if you fail to rally teenagers to Jesus’s point of view, you lose them for life. And most teenagers can see through Donald Trump, even though many of their parents can’t.  Anyone can certainly can see Trump does not possess the qualities of a holy or even a good man according to the teachings of Jesus. 

Let me go over some of Jesus’s teaching, 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.)
  • But I say to you, Love your enemies … ( Trump is so off-base here, he even asks that we hate some of our neighbors.) 
  • Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone.
  • 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. I don’t have to tell you how never-Trump Jesus was. Before you advocate for Trump again, or fail to use your pulpit to advocate against Trump, who now 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.

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 and teachers,

trump-christ2Please 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: josepharonesty@gmail.com

 

 

 

We Have All Been Raped By This President – #MeToo

What is a rape really? A rape is taking something that is not willfully given. It can be physical, as in sexual rape,  but it can also be monetary and even mental. And rapists of all kind are criminals in a just society. Are we a just society any more?

Donald Trump has been a rapist for as long as I have known him – over 60 years! So I just wish anyone who has ever been raped by this man would step up and join the “Me Too” movement. Not just women. 

Fellow Citizens,

darkheartI went to Penn with Donald Trump and was in a class called “International Finance” with him in 1967. He paid a classmate to do his work for him in that class. At that point, Donny was raping the good name of the U of P with the dollars of his father. At that age, all I could draw from it was, ” So this is how this works for people with money”.  I wish I had gone to the Dean about what I knew. Maybe everything would have been different. But I was silent. 

In 1985, Trump built the Trump Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City. As fate would have it, my businesses were in AC back then, right across the street from him. I began to hear from friends that their fathers, who worked on the “glass windows” and “electricity” at the Plaza – were not getting paid. He was putting them through a rigmarole. Two of my friends family businesses were sunk by trusting Donald Trump. That was rape #2. He raped the trust of business-people. He did the same with banks. That’s why only Russian banks trust him these days. He can pay them with his secret foreign accounts. It’s also why he won’t show his taxes. 

I am also sure it will turn out that he raped our US Treasury by opening foreign bank accounts with money stolen from his allegedly bankrupt casinos. I saw the action at his casinos. They did better than most. Why did Caesar’s not go broke during the same period? It makes no sense.

And Trump rapes our Treasury every day in other ways as well. His golf courses, his many homes which have to be guarded, his endless investigations – are not free to the taxpayer. So yes, this is all part of a raping as well. 

What is a rape really? A rape is taking something that is not willfully given. It can be physical, as in sexual rape,  but it can also be monetary and even mental. And rapists of all kind are criminals in a just society. Are we a just society any more?

Donald Trump has been a rapist for as long as I have known him – over 60 years! So I just wish anyone who has ever been raped by this man would step up and join the “Me Too” movement. Not just women. 

What about those people who were thrown out of their houses in NYC by Trump, in his formative years in the late 1970’s? Did you not feel violated? Join the movement! And to those who were taken by his fake university, did you feel financially raped by Donald Trump’s lies? Join the movement. 

And citizens. Was not the rigging of the election in 2016 a rape of our political system? He took something that was not his to take when he enrolled Russian players to help him win. He rapes our constitution, our laws, our values, our norms, our standards, – and yes, in the past he has raped women. He has said so. Maybe that’s where his sickness began. We have all been raped because the man is by his nature, a rapist. 

And we can not be silent. Join the #MeToo Movement. 

Go to: https://metoo.center/Main_Page

Tell the world why you feel raped by Donald Trump. I just did.

So yes, # Me Too. 

 

 

My Letter to the Pastors of Alabama

The following is the letter I sent to 23 Baptist Pastors in Alabama asking them to make the sermon of their lives on Sunday.

The following is the letter I sent to 23 Baptist Pastors in Alabama asking them to make the sermon of their lives on Sunday.

I am ​Joseph Aronesty, ​a 69 year-old semi-retired concerned citizen, now living Los Angeles. ​I wanted to speak with you this morning about the importance ​o​f ​this ​Sunday’s sermon.

The people of America do not hate each other!

mooreDonald Trump is effectively saying, if Alabamans have hate​ ​in their hearts, they can own th​eir​ hatred​. A​nd in exchange​ for that permission​ to hate​​, he and his​ ​friends​, ​here and abroad​,​ will own ​our country! T​hey are actively pursuing this agenda right now.​ The news breaks daily.  History teaches us this is always the agenda of all dictators. Divide and conquer.

Trump won by hammering home lies in the last 3 days while Hillary celebrated. It’s called closing the sale in his world.​ (​I was part of that world once. No longer.)

​Your Sunday sermon will be the last​ important words Alabamans hear before they go vote Tuesday. The entire country ​and world ​is watching. It’s not about who Roy Moore was 40 years ago.  Folks are aware he is no longer a threat to young girls​,​ if he was before.  ​It’s about who he Roy Moore is​ today​ and who his boss is ​today ​and how they do not preach or spread love​.​ -​ They ​spread​ hatred​.​ And all for vainglory and monetary payoffs.

Y​ou will know best how to inspire your people to vote for love on Tuesday. ​T​he importance of this vote is huge. If love wins in Alabama, the hate movement is drawing to a close. If hate wins, we are in for a long ​hard ​struggle.
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Thanking You in advance for your superb sermon on Sunday​! ​

PS. I am an etymologist. I guess you know that the word WORSHIP was originally WORDSHIP – words shipped to God. Also interesting that the Hebrew word OR ( light) is inside the word “word”.  Spreading words was deemed to be spreading light. It’s also why “literature” and “library” resemble words for light. And then there is AURA​ and ORAL. ​ ​It all ties together. ​

Spread light this Sunday! ​

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Joseph Aronesty

A concerned senior citizen with 5 kids. Ex-classmate of Donald Trump at U of P​.
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Sexual Disposition and Job Performance Do Not Necessarily Correlate

In most cases, how we deal with our varied sexual dispositions does not “have to” impact the way we approach our daily jobs. For example, John Kennedy is generally thought to have been a great president, and yet it is well known that he had affairs. However …

mooreI’ve been thinking about the rash of sexual allegations that has erupted against men in positions of power and public service. This is my take on it all.

In a lifetime, we all have many different roles to play: child, friend, student, parent, worker, spouse, player, etc. And one of those roles is our personal sexual stance. It usually occupies no more than a few hours a week of activity, with much more time spent thinking and fantasizing about it all.

Our sexual tastes are basic, primal, and largely beyond our control. And we play our sexual roles only during limited times when those primal desires well up in us. 

Etymological and philosophical aside: The “x” at the end of the word “sex” literally depicts the connection, the crossing or juncture between two people. Sexual appetite drives the engine that populates the world. Many of us would not be here today had it not been for some weird sexual encounter that took place perhaps a thousand years ago. So unless we are speaking about forced unwanted sex, it’s really hard for me to be too critical of the myriads of various sexual encounters on planet earth.

Further, in most cases, just how we deal with our varied sexual dispositions does not have to impact the way we approach our daily jobs. For example, John Kennedy is generally thought to have been a great president, and yet it is well known that he had affairs. And yes, there are plenty of functioning people in politics, business and even military service who happen to be gay – and that does not correlate with their job performances. Sexual stance and job performance – simply put  – do not correlate. 

However, a damning line can be crossed. A hard line exists when one person uses superior strength to force unwanted sexual relations – or a position of power or drugs to induce sex that would not be wanted in a clear state of mind. Those transgressions should be treated as crimes because they are crimes. But crimes also have statutes of limitations – and for good reasons. And yes, 40 years is too late to indict for a non-murder crime. That is the law and it appears to be a good one. 

Can a person who has a fetish for 15 year old girls at the age of  32 return to a job at age of 70 – and do it well? Honestly, that answer has to be yes. If we are talking about situations where the female had at least some complicity in the arrangement, unless there was forced sex ( which is rape and a crime for sure ) there’s just not a one-to-one relationship between whatever happened during fleeting private moments – and one’s ability to do a job well – the very next day. 

So even though I find what Roy Moore did 40 years ago deplorable ( a proper use of that word at last ) if I were running against him I would not overplay that hand. After-all, I don’t think at the age 70 Roy Moore is a danger to teenagers.

I would much prefer that Doug Jones make his cases against Roy Moore on his record and the way he will do his job as a senator. I would advice Doug Jones to attack Roy Jones not for 40 year old sexual allegations – but for these reasons:

  • Moore is a climate denier
  • Moore does not respect gay people and their rights
  • Moore has nationalistic, racist and tribal positions on immigration
  • Moore wants to repeal the ACA
  • Moore advocates for trickle-down
  • Moore stands with Donald Trump
  • Moore favors cutting funding for public schools and promoting charter schools, vouchers, tax credits, home schooling, and Christian schools 
  • Moore opposes abortion, same-sex marriage, and civil unions
  • Moore wants to defund Planned Parenthood

There is plenty to campaign against there. And Doug Jones must also explain why he will be better for Alabamans.

I really think we should get a lot of these sexual allegations off the front pages of the our papers and broadcasts – and asap. They are largely distractions. There’s not much meat on those bones. They just involve fleeting personal relations and yes – weaknesses – but between two people. Gun rights, healthcare, tax fairness, clean air and water, Trump’s impulsiveness – these issues involve us all. That’s what governing is all about, right?

Let’s focus. These sexual stories are sucking up too way much oxygen and causing us to lose focus on the many larger, more important issues we must deal with … right now. 

…………………….. Joseph Aronesty

Let’s Focus