I’m heavy-hearted today. If we were living in old testament times, I’d be rending my garments and putting ashes on my head. (Well, not really. I just kind of like that image.) As I write this, the president has unleashed his twitter fury on yet another TV personality, a woman, who dared to criticize him. Rather than address her concerns about his recent behavior, he chose to attack Mika Brzezinski’s intelligence and appearance instead. He attempted to shame her by writing that she had a “low I.Q.,” was an unwelcome guest at his party, and was “bleeding from a recent facelift.” Childish, untrue, allegations – not that it matters.
Same president, same pattern of abuse. Females who dare cross him get lambasted for their intelligence and physicality. Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever,” Rosie was deemed a “fat loser,” Carly Fiorina shouldn’t get votes, “because of her face,” Alicia Machado, “disgusting” and “Miss Piggy,” columnist Gail Collins, “the face of a dog!,” Arianna Huffington, “extremely unattractive.” I don’t think any of us are as shocked by his venom as we should be anymore. After all, this is the same man who said about women: “you have to treat ’em like shit.” He is living by his own mantra, why should we be surprised?
What IS shocking, and distressing, is the defense of him, FROM PROFESSING CHRISTIANS:
“He has a right to fight back!” (Um, from what? Warranted concerns about his rage and the state of his mental health?)
“I’m with you, boss.” (A tweet to Donald Trump, from a male Christian leader I used to respect.)
“It’s time our elected officials learned to counter punch.” (I don’t see that in the Bible, but ok.)
“He’s a leader. Don’t criticize.” (Leaders should always be free from criticism? Does that go for Stalin and Hitler, too?)
Stop spreading hate. Just pray. (SO, you’re saying we are spreading hate by being alarmed that the president is spreading hate?)
“He’s the victim here.” (Say again?)
And, as usual, the enemy uses scripture to confuse the saints. I saw this one passed around in response to Trump’s latest abuse:
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.Romans 13:1
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness…”1 Timothy 2:1-2
True enough. Except, Jesus Himself did not abide by these verses when there was a bully in the White House – I mean, the palace. Look at how He countered when the Pharisees invoked the name of King Herod in an attempt to intimidate Him:
He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.”Luke 13:32
“Fox” was an insult, as it was an unclean animal according to Jewish holiness codes. Jesus sure as heck was not worried about being “subject” to the whims of that fox King Herod. I’m pretty sure He wasn’t interceding and giving thanks for him in the moment either.
There are other times when Jesus rebuked abusive men.
When leaders in the church tried to stone the woman accused of adultery, Jesus protected her and turned the tables on them. And, in John chapter twelve, He rebuked the mean disciple who was outraged when Mary poured the expensive oil on His feet. Jesus told him, “Leave her alone.”
Leave. Her. Alone.
Sounds like a warning to me. You see, when Jesus encountered a bullying spirit, He didn’t partner with it. He didn’t bend His knee to it and call it, “boss”. He didn’t cover it up. He didn’t excuse it. He didn’t blow it off like it was no big deal. He didn’t start praying for it. He strictly opposed it.
It didn’t matter who the bully was or what position of authority the bully held. His job was not to defend abusive kings. His job was to do the will of His Father, and His Father loves, cares for, protects and defends His daughters. Always.
Follower of Christ, how should you respond to bullying? I don’t care if that spirit comes from a teacher, a pastor, a principal, a priest, a family patriarch, or the President of the United States. Your duty is to oppose it. Not sometimes. Not when it suits you. Not when it’s somebody you already disagree with. All the time. Every single time.
And Mr. President, consider yourself warned, sir. Not by me. By the One True King. The only King that matters.
Leave. Her. Alone.