I have not posted my opinions publicly during this tumultuous political campaign. I try to hold a space of equanimity and a field of love for the greater good and I ascribe to the ideal behind the quote by R. Buckminster Fuller:
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
I’ve been working to steward new social forms with others who care deeply about the state of our world and humanity’s social potential. I have many friends, family members, and neighbors on the extreme right and the extreme left. However, I have far more friends in the middle, working to co-create balance, world peace, justice and sustainability; leading with love for the greater good.
When a James Dobson opinion ended up in my email inbox sent by a family member, I was moved to respond and speak my truth with love, to find a voice for the collective whole and speak toward the evolution of consciousness on our planet. Dr. Dobson’s words inspired me to feel into my heart and pen my own response. So, with all due respect, I offer these thoughts.
First, I share the Dobson document that I received. Next, I share my letter in response.
JAMES DOBSON ANALYSIS OF THE U.S. ELECTION A Christian Minister’s Analysis of the U.S. Election Drama By: Dr. James Dobson
Is Trump good for America? …
When I first heard that Trump was entering the race last year, I told my wife that perhaps it was a good thing for the party and America. I knew that he was not a “saint,” but I thought that he would be like a bull in a china shop. He is a disrupter and I believe America could use a fresh thinker especially in the political arena. I didn’t think he would get the nomination, but that he would shake up politics as usual. I was correct on the shaking up!
Lance Wallnau likens him to a biblical Cyrus. Someone who is dynamically used of God even though not perceived by many as a God follower. God has used many people in history that I would probably not like or agree with. I’m not sure I would have liked all the disciples, or David, or Moses. Somehow, God did not seem compelled to consult with me on His choices!
I have always admired Winston Churchill. He is seen as one of the greatest national leaders in the 20th century. Last year, I had the privilege of going through the War Museum in London. Winston is a key feature. His life is controversial. He was not always celebrated as a great leader. He was a bombastic, cigar smoking, at times crude,even misogynistic leader. It is alleged that he told off color stories to his children before bedtime! A woman once told him he was disgustingly drunk. His response was “My dear, you are disgustingly ugly, but tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be ugly!” There are many websites that discuss the outlandish comments and activities of this great world leader. But, he had exactly what was needed to stop Hitler at the Channel, to rouse a nation to never give up and to partner with America to find final victory in Europe. You probably wouldn’t want him as your pastor, maybe not even your father, but he was the right leader for that moment in England’s history.
Such a brazen man that would go up to the roof of his quarters in central London and smoke cigars as Hitler’s air force bombed all around him. I’m not sure I would have voted for him…. but he was the right man!
I think it would be awesome to have a righteous leader, one that understood the intricacies of the economy, health care, defense, immigration, with great sensitivity to religious institutions, a heart for the poor, a vision for the future. If that leader was a praying person, formidable in the word of God and loved the local church, I would rejoice!
I do not think that is the choice we will have in November. Instead… we will look for someone who is imperfect, yet will fit the times we are living in. Particularly, that ‘whoever’ we vote for, will be someone who might possibly have the opportunity to appoint up to three Supreme Court justices. That could radically shape our culture in America for the next 30 years. The America of our grandchildren could be very different…. and that may not be good. We cannot stand on the sidelines. A non-vote is a passive vote for a direction we may very well regret.
So…is Donald Trump good for America? I honestly believe that he has been already. He has shaken the political system. Do his comments offend me? At times! Do I agree with all he says? Not at all! But could he be a “Cyrus” being raised up by God to preserve America? Nobody liked Gen. Patton, but he sure WAS an instrument of the United States for the right things.
This I know. I will vote for the best chance for America. I will pray for our leaders as I have already. In the end – God will continue to be my source and my hope. I do believe that God has had a hand in America’s history. I hope and pray that He will also have a saving hand in America’s future.
I shudder when I think of the caliber of HILLARY’S APPOINTEES. GOD help us.
There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. ~~Soren Kierkegaard 1813-1855
November 6, 2016
Dear Dr. Dobson,
Thank you for your reflections on Donald Trump. Yes, Trump is good for America! But I believe in a different kind of way. I would like to expand on that. First, let me briefly respond to the Cyrus reference.
Could it be that Trump, like Cyrus, doesn’t know God in a real and personal way, but could still be used to accomplish His purposes? Absolutely. But, did God “raise up Trump” to lead or “preserve America?” Respectfully, sir, what if Trump is showing us how not to lead. I shudder when I think of the caliber of an administration led by extreme narcissism, fear-based mongering, hate-filled rhetoric, and dangerous labile emotions and behavior. What if America doesn’t need to be “preserved,” but instead loved into its next highest potential?
When several sources informed Paul of conflicts within the church at Corinth, Paul wrote a letter to correct what he saw as erroneous views in the Corinthian church. After giving thanks, he acknowledged the division in leadership and encouraged the people to unite in mind and thought. Regarding the quarreling among the people, Paul asked, “Is Christ divided?”
Paul goes on to talk about sexual immorality, boasting, greed, idolatry, slander and even “swindlers.” (Sound familiar?) But let me pause on Paul’s message of valuing unity in diversity within the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12). And let us remember Paul’s message about love. Regardless of your gifts for leadership and service, if you have not love, you have nothing (1 Corinthians 13: 1-3). He said, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-7)
Maybe America is being called to persevere in love, not to preserve? For in Paul’s encouragement to a church in chaos and crisis, he doesn’t say, elect an immoral leader that will objectify, take advantage of, hate, and tear the people down in order to build the institution back up again; to preserve what was once great; and control others. No, he encourages the people to grow, self-correct, keep their eye on Christ, align with the Divine, and love even more. Coming from a place of love, the people will reform the institution.
Paul sounded like Jesus when he was encouraging his disciples—his leaders: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13: 34-35 And Paul sounded like Jesus when the Pharisees were testing him. Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22: 37-40
I’ve always wondered about that sentence: “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” I think I understand it now in 2016, like never before. I am called to that Law and inspired by that prophecy. And by the way, all the great religious traditions agree and teach the same.
I am disappointed that you, sir, are not more “Focused on the Family” here. I’m sure you are well aware of Trump’s example and history regarding family values, or lack thereof. Maybe you are not aware of the terrorizing effect he has had on our young children; the things he has said and done that not only lack love, but quite literally, spit in the face of Jesus’ teachings and example? Are you aware of what he thinks of immigrants, women, and persons of color; how he has treated war veterans and their families; how he has treated business associates and international relations; his fraudulent business practices? This is not “fresh thinking.”
Is Trump good for America? Absolutely. I am grateful that Trump has shown us our weaknesses, our shadow, our faults, our brokenness and all the ways we need “shaking up.” Trump is the epitome of all that is loveless with America and now we can come together to build a nation—a world—built on those two great commandments. Trump has helped me to look at my own loveless ways, my shadow, bigotry, prejudice, and how I have not loved my neighbor as myself. Trump is serving to not only shake up the political system, but wake up the people.
This political season has amplified the brokenness and corruption of a two-party, polarized system gone awry and seized by corporate control, greed and dominance. We the People will no longer stand by and allow politics-as-usual. We see the faults and know the system is broken. We feel the deep wounds of duality and a leadership that’s split and vacillates between protecting the agendas of extreme liberals and conservatives at the expense of the greater good. We are experiencing the breakdown in real time and choose not to hospice a dying regime of separation, control, greed and fear. We, a conscious people, choose to midwife the emergence of governance built on love, our inherent unity, and our interconnected, interdependent reality.
Thanks to this outrageous political campaign, and the ongoing barrage of destructive words and behavior, our next president, the Senate and Congress will all be encouraged to work toward the reformation of our political system and lead with love for the GOOD of the WHOLE, not just an elite few. This campaign has opened the door for love to step in, and the heart to lead.
This campaign has also ushered in the greatest invitation for a shift in mass consciousness since the regime of Hitler and the suppression of human rights with the Berlin Wall. Now is the time for the coming of Christ Consciousness—a love and light that is capable of moving mountains and healing the world! This campaign has been a perfect wake up call for the entire world, demonstrating the need to love one another.
Let us not cut off our nose to spite our face. A good leader leads with love, not fear. It is sad when, out of fear, one promotes a candidate exhibiting extreme symptoms of wild and dangerous behavior, with compromised family (and Christian) values, in order to control the Supreme Court (Or maybe prevent the presidency of a powerful woman?). “Oh ye of little faith!” I trust in a God who rebukes the torrent winds and calms the storm. I trust in a God that loves and grows His Kingdom—the whole Kingdom. God is in the whole. She has Her hand in the entirety of Her beautiful creation. I see God’s love, benevolence and grace everywhere, even in this election. And the America of our grandchildren will be founded on a universal love and spiritual intelligence beyond our imagining because God does have a hand in our history and our future.
God Bless Donald Trump for playing his part to wake us and shake us all up! God Bless you and your ministry, Dr. Dobson. God Bless America and the entire world of all peoples. God Bless us all in this challenging, yet promising time of resurrection, restoration, healing and rebirth on our planet.
A World of Love,