A peaceful weekend. Not so much.

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It’s been a crazy 36 hours.

Yesterday morning, we witnessed the peaceful passing of political power between two men who shared very little in common.  It was awkward and touching and a little frenzied.  There will forever be debates about how many people attended, and oddly, it doesn’t really matter.  Donald Trump is the President of the United States and however many showed up or stayed home does not change that fact.

Later that day, in protest of some of his more crass and hurtful speech, protesters threw rocks, lit fires and beat a few people up.  Read that sentence again and think about it.

Today, across the nation, women marched in solidarity for their own protection and according to the event promoters, in support of abortion rights.  Speaking to a massive crowd in Washington, pop star Madonna admitted that she’d thought about blowing up the White House, but that it wouldn’t be a good idea, then went on to drop three harsh F-bombs in the matter of a few minutes before I shut it off, including two emphatic “F*** YOU!”‘s to those who she considers her opponents.   With each F-bomb, the crowd roared.

Late this afternoon, the President’s press secretary took to the podium and told some really doozies about crowd size...I mean, not even (as Larry Harvey once said to me), “in the vicinity of the truth.”  I’m not a PR expert but I recognize panic when I see it, and if he lasts six months it will be a miracle.  It may be that he was just stretching the truth, but he was doing it about something so obviously incorrect that it concerns me deeply.  The man who will lie about what can easily disproven will lie even more quickly about things that we can’t verify.

If it sounds like I’m suspicious of both groups, it’s because I am.  And even more saddened by believers who are quick to declare their unquestioning allegiance to one group or another.  I don’t mean leaning one direction or the other, but signing up to defend their side at all cost.  It’s one thing to tolerate a big one – it’s an entirely different thing to defend it.

There’s a story in the Bible about the people of God making a treaty with the Gibeonites under false pretense.  They regretted it almost immediately, but they were stuck with their covenant.  The lesson is clear – who you make peace with is often as damaging as who you make war with.

We are called to pray for our leaders – and as my friend, Carl Thomas, reminded me, to speak truth to power.  In coming months, don’t let your frustration with whoever you perceive to be your opposition get you to a place of making binding peace with the wrong folks.

3 responses on “A peaceful weekend. Not so much.

  1. Carla Thompson

    It was a crazy weekend, and I love that you are sharing the need for prayer and also criticizing weakness on both sides. I just had to share because I know this wasn’t publicized. I was there and made it onto the mall because I had tickets given to me. There were mutual friends of ours who went to the public Mall to stand and literally stood in line for hours and never made it onto the mall for the event. The streets around the mall were filled with lines of people forcefully funneled to 1 or 2 entrances to get on the Mall and because of security and metal detectors people were there but unable to actually get in. They had the whole mall fenced off so no one could enter freely and the people waiting hours had to watch the inauguration on their phones because they were waiting with thousands in the roads unable to hear or see…… Think the morning of Azusa Now at the LA Memorial Coliseum- the people were there just unable to get in 🙂 I don’t care about numbers but I’m sad they made such big deal and tweeted the comparison, also I just want people to know how many were actually there but not in the pics. And sadly they will under play the March for Life next week when thousands of Americans will flood DC as well, yet they will possibly compare with the women’s March or probably worse just ignore it.

    1. rbohlender Post author

      Thanks for sharing, Carla. None of the stories are as simple as they appear. The best thing the president could have done is just moved on and ignored it..

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