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BY REV. SHELLEY DONALDSON

May 11, 2020


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The evil Death Star ship from the Star Wars franchise that was recently used as a comparison for Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
With news of the coronavirus spread within the White House staff, Trump’s reopening of the country becomes more complicated. – via The New York Times
"How terrible for Jehoiakim, who builds his house with corruption 
and his upper chambers with injustice, 
   working his countrymen for nothing, 
   refusing to give them their wages.
He says, “I’ll build myself a grand palace, 
with huge upper chambers, 
   ornate windows, 
   cedar paneling, 
   and rich red décor.”
Is this what makes you a king, 
having more cedar than anyone else?
Didn’t your father eat and drink 
and still do what was just and right?
Then it went well for him!
He defended the rights of the poor and needy; 
   then it went well. 
Isn’t that what it means to know me? 
declares the Lord.
But you set your eyes and heart 
on nothing but unjust gain; 
you spill the blood of the innocent; 
   you practice cruelty; 
   you oppress your subjects."

- Jeremiah 22:13-17
In a recent tweet, Trump’s re-election campaign manager, Brad Parscale, compared Trump’s reelection campaign to the Death Star, the galactic superweapon of the Star Wars franchise. For those of you not familiar with the films, the Death Star is the weapon of the bad guys and they go around destroying whole planets. But like all good stories, the bad guys lose in the end, with the Death Star going down in massive flames each time. While we have yet to see whether or not this Death Star will be defeated in the November elections this year or at another time, what we do know is that like the evil destroyers of the films and the rulers of the prophet Jeremiah’s time, their evil campaign will eventually go down in flames.

Currently, the Trump administration is poorly attempting to come up with a plan for reopening various industries throughout the country. Instead of setting an example for the American people by using the PPE at their disposal or taking the advice of doctors and scientists across the globe to guard themselves against its spread, Trump and his number one follower, Pence, have consistently ignored and decried this advice. At times, they have even falsified their own advice to the American people in order to boost sales of drugs that Trump has invested in.

But with the coronavirus now infecting some of those who work closely with both men, we have to wonder how anyone could follow the advice of rulers who refuse to focus on the actual problems at hand but instead worry about how to continue lining their pockets with money? They have built their own ornate Death Stars, but they consistently fail to care for even those within their own houses. They have had examples of good leaders who came before them on how to serve the people of this country with justice, integrity, and righteousness, but instead, they have focused on their own evil campaigns and unjust gains as they continuously spill the blood of innocents with their hateful rhetoric and unjust policies.
Death Stars don’t fall apart on their own, in fact, if left to their own devices, the bad guys will just keep on going around destroying innocent people without consequence. It’s our responsibility to make sure their hate-filled campaigns don’t make it to the point of harming God’s people. There are a few things we can do, today, to fight against these bad guys:

•    Check out sites such as Swing Left. Whether or not you’re a democrat, this site helps to inform voters and volunteers and offers tangible ways to help make a difference in defeating Trump’s Death Star in November.
•    Pray. Pray often and pray that those who find themselves at the mercy of Trump’s evil ideas and actions not only find relief but are given justice. 
•    Be like Mark Hamill, the ultimate rebel fighter against the evil forces in Star Wars, and speak out. Don’t let the other side have the final say.
God of rebel fighters and justice-seekers, 
give us strength as we work to make your desires reality within the world, 
give us courage to speak out against unjust rulers and leaders, 
give us wisdom to know what to say and when to say it. 
Help us to learn from those who came before us,
who did righteous works in your name, 
and defended the rights of the poor and needy.
Amen. 
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