Talking Impeachment: Kevin H
The pronouncements are sweeping and incontrovertible. There is no doubt whatsoever this impeachment has been demonstrated to be just one big sham and partisan witch hunt positioned on spurious and baseless accusations……. or the case is irrefutable and the corresponding evidence reveals undeniable certainty that impeachable offenses have taken place.
It just depends on where you are reading or who you are listening to as to which narrative you will encounter. In some ways, it is like listening to two contentious juvenile siblings describing the exact same event in completely contradictory terms proclaiming the obvious innocence of themselves and the guilt of the other. She is the one who broke the cookie jar because she was trying to sneak a cookie and dropped it! No, he is the one who broke it because he knocked it out of my hands when I was trying to stop him from eating all the cookies!
I am buoyed by the reasonable and thoughtful voices I hear out there, but I also can become overwhelmed, disturbed, and discouraged by the seemingly many greater and certainly much louder and attention-getting voices who decry self-proclaimed verdicts of unassailability. And as the norm, I am most troubled by the many Christian voices I hear participating in the hubris and impiety of political battle at the expense of righteousness……. and peacefulness and justice and kindness and mercy, to name just a few abandoned virtues.
I am far from a legal or historical Constitutional expert and so I cannot proclaim with certainty that what President Trump has done qualifies as high crimes and misdemeanors and is worthy of impeachment. But what I can steadfastly assert is that the chronicled proof of Trump’s actions and behaviors and the substantial quantity of circumstantial evidence (much of which comes from aides in his own administration, some who are even documented strong supporters of the President) that ascribes unscrupulous conduct to the President, should be disconcerting to anyone who has any measure of objectivity in their being. There is much to indicate that we have a President who is excessively concerned with his own notoriety and gain whose many actions are seemingly subservient to that mindset at the expense of what is good and right for the country and the people he is sworn to serve. I submit that anyone who cares for the welfare of their country and fellow man should be troubled by what we factually know of the actions of this President along with many other charges that have enough support to be reasonably believable.
Rather, what we ofttimes have is many who willingly disabuse and repudiate most objectivity, discernment, and thoughtfulness in the name of political advantage and expediency. We have those who will use most any manner of distraction, denial, justification, and aggressiveness to protect and advance the cause of their imprudently cherished leader, Donald Trump. Yet, we also have those who decided an hour after the 2016 election that Trump must be impeached who will recurrently go to many means of misrepresentation, deceit, and slander to add all kinds of increased and exaggerated charges to their case against and in hatred of Donald Trump. And sadly, we see many Christian brothers and sisters routinely participating in these types of behaviors, one way or the other. Worse yet when they are carried out by renowned Christian leaders who represent Christianity to much of the country, if not world, and who also have much influence over other Christians.
We well know what God teaches us about honesty and integrity and righteousness and justice and grace and mercy and loving our neighbor and on and on. Yet the temptations are seemingly often too great to apply these virtues in the world of politics where it is “necessary” to get at least a little dirty to get the job done. Somehow God’s precepts and teachings take a back seat in the political arena. I guess God just wasn’t prescient enough to realize His commandments wouldn’t work when it came to operating within politics, especially in regards to advocating for or besmirching Donald Trump.
I have not written much here for a while now and there are various reasons for that. But one of them is that many of my “writing” thoughts have had some relation to politics and I would rather not drag this community through the mud. And the mud is where it often goes when we delve into political discussion. Because just like most others, we apparently so often can’t avoid the temptation to get at least a little dirty.
Wouldn’t it be great if as a collective body of believers at this blog, or in this nation, or even worldwide that we could prioritize the kingdom of God over earthly kingdoms? Where we would be more concerned with advancement of the Gospel and our witness of Christ and the welfare of others and how we treat people than we are with our political leanings and desires and advancing our favored politicians while tearing down the opposition? Where we could still have disagreement, maybe even passionately so in some cases, about political strategies and measures, and yet do so respectfully and charitably? Where we could speak with each other, instead of at or against each other? Where we could have an equitable and forthright discussion about the impeachment of Donald Trump? Where our words, actions, and attitudes would be more Christian than Trumpian?
May God help us to do so.