GM: FATHER FORGIVE DONALD TRUMP AND ALL OF US WHENEVER WE FORGET ABOUT CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED
I forgive you Donald Trump for your racist remarks when a black man, opposed to your candidacy, was hounded out of one of your rallies. For your belittling a physically challenged journalist for being critical of your policies. For your outrageous comments about your sense of entitlement to grope women because of your celebrity status. For disrespecting the person and Presidency of the first African American man, Barack Obama, to be voted into that high office. I forgive you.
Is that enough? No, but it a start, as we need not only to get him out our heads, but out of our hearts as well.
I forgive you Hillary Clinton for supporting abortion on demand; whether early or late term abortions. For your open defiance of God’s natural order, ‘ that a man shall leave his mother and father and become joined together with his wife in holy matrimony as one flesh’. For supporting same sex marriage. And for being part of a state sponsored movement which is attacking the religious liberties of Christians who oppose Gay marriage.
Is that enough? No, but it’s a start with the ultimate goal being able to release her from our hearts.
I forgive you Michael Manley and Edward George Seaga, and others, whose struggle for political power in 1980, scorched the Jamaican earth, literally and metaphorically. Leaving in it’s wake a virtual civil war with over 800 people dead ( 152 in 1970), thousands fleeing to Miami, and the establishment of garrison constituencies and a gun culture, all of which continue to ‘ haunt ‘ our nation, and stymie the development of our country until this very day. Yet I forgive you both; one dead but the other very much alive. From my heart.
On the behalf of so many wives and daughters and even sons, I forgive the many men, who after years of struggle with a faithful wife, suddenly leaves for ‘ greener pastures’. Often never to be seen and heard from again ( which is bad but ‘ in your face ‘ is worse) unless of course he becomes ‘pop down’ and looking for comfort. Leaving the wife, or baby mother to fend for the children and put them through school while maintaining her sanity only by the grace of God. I forgive you on their behalf. And many forgive much more sacrificially than I can. Deep in their hearts.
In the same way that I ask forgiveness for my own many, many sins which grieve the heart of God each day!
So where is all of this coming from.
Two passages from the Bible reading for Sunday coming in my Church. And a discussion at Bible study last night.
First The Gospel Reading
Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
……..And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Arenʼt you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Donʼt you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Luke 23:32-34, 39-43 NIV
One of the least obeyed, no doubt because it is so difficult, of all the commands of God, and express will of our Savior Jesus, is to forgive those who trespass against us. And further, to forgive those who persecute us and cause us all kinds of trouble.
And the phenomenon of Donald Trump, has already began, and without a doubt, will continue challenge our commitment to this ‘ high office ‘, to which God in Christ has called us. To forgive our enemies!
Why is this so important? Because to forgive sinners, and to save ‘ a wretch like me, and you’, Redemption, is the main reason why Jesus was sent by His Father to be Crucified on an ‘ old wooden Cross ‘.
And so God calls his children who are washed in the Blood of the Lamb, to forgive and to show love to the ‘ vilest offender’; with the hope that the Holy Spirit may be able to touch his or her soul, and rescue them from the kingdom of darkness until the kingdom of his glorious Son.
This is the context in which we must place the Thief on the Cross who gained the promise of Eternal Life at the last minute. That it is never too late for the wicked to know this mysterious and compassionate God, so full of mercy and love. And so, The Thief, so Donald Trump, so other politicians and strategists like the legendary Karl Rove during the Bush administration and our own ‘scorched earth’ politicians.
So our female DJ star Spice, and the male equivalent Vybes Kartel.
So ‘ bad girl ‘ Beyonce and others.
So our atheist friends, some of whom delight in questioning the very presence of God, much less His Sovereign rule over all the earth.
All in need of our forgiveness and prayers. So that they may repent and turn to the Living God.
I’ll leave the OT reading from Jeremiah about Prophets and Priests who presumed to advise and teach God’s people without first ‘ standing on the Council of God for another time. The upshot of which is that God accused them of ‘ leading his Sheep astray’. A serious challenge for the Church is this dispensation. And who knows might have contributed to the emergence of the Trump phenomenon.
And close with the conclusion of the petition of Our Lord’s Prayer which invites us to pray for forgiveness as we forgive those who trespass against us. A Word which was explained with great urgency and fervor by an Evangelical Pastor visiting from the USA at our Bible study last night.
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Matthew 6:14-15 NIV
It’s as simple but yet as profound as that. So if the Church, the body of Christ, really wishes to witness a renewal in our land, to see a reduction in murder and immorality and injustice in our land, we will have to be in the centre of a movement to forgive those have wronged us. For as a theologian I read recently, noted,
” unresolved bitterness is a sign that we are not right with God”.
Of course that is not the entire answer. But it all begins there. As it began on Calvary! For if we forgive we will open our hearts to love and to seek justice and to do mercy.
In Tivoli, in Flanker, in LA, in Chicago and in Paris.
And God Himself will then pour out His mighty power through us like streams of living water. That is how this land, and America, and Le Pen’s France will be healed.
For the battle is His and not ours. And the weapons of war that we use are not the weapons of the world. Not weapons of mass destruction. But rather weapons which have divine power to destroy strongholds within our hearts and the hearts of those who hate us and persecute us.
And so we take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ Jesus. And truly forgive Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Michael Manley and Edward Seaga. Regardless of whether they are even aware of our change of heart ( metanoia), in and through Christ Jesus. For the conclusion of the matter is God’s business.
So if you really wish to sing a song I’ve been singing today with authenticity:
Are you washed, are you washed, are you washed with the Blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless are they white as snow, are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb.
Then begin to forgive. Even the vilest offender from your heart and see how the God of mercy and love will use each one of us for His own glory in very wonderful ways.