Everything about this is despicable.
The violence against the peaceful protesters.
Holding I Bible which I doubt is his.
I would bet he doesn’t even have one of his own.
With little to no knowledge of what the Bible teaches.
Not believing for a moment what the church he is standing in front of values and does its best to practice.
Standing there to have his picture taken and then walking back to the White House through a corridor of armed officers.
But his staged photo op has had unintended consequences.
For years…twenty, at least, probably more…the primary public voice representing Christianity in the United States has been conservative, homophobic, racist and anti-intellectual. Ralph Reed. Jerry Falwell. Jerry Falwell, Jr. James Dobson. Pat Robertson. Paula White. Robert Jeffress. Few moderate or progressive Christian voices were ever heard on the evening news or in the public square.
Until President Trump cleared the way with tear gas and riot police.
And stood in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church to have his picture taken.
Then there was this.
Presiding Bishop Matthew Curry on the Rachel Maddow Show sharing an understanding of the Christian witness 180 degree different than Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell, Jr.
The witness of the Rev. Gini Gerbasi, an Episcopal priest who as at St. John’s to be a peaceful presence among the protesters and to support medics who were on hand in case they were needed. This article is from the Religious News Service, but the story has been picked up by the Washington Post, the Huffington Post and The Guardian among others.
Two among many.
In the paper.
On the evening news.
Sharing their faith and their understanding of the Gospel.
The first time in a LONG time.
One evening of these thoughtful, articulate, compassionate voices is not going to undo the damage caused by Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, Jr., but it is a start.
For a moment, in the midst of a crisis, America got to see and hear a very different Christian witness. One which resonates more closely with the grand dream of liberty and justice for all towards which our country strives.