After the stunning resignation of Mattis yesterday evening, I found myself resonating with Shaun King who reminded us that Mattis, though one of the more reasonable members of the Trump administration, has “orchestrated & presided over two of the harshest, most bigoted years in modern American history.” Mattis recognized that Trump’s withdrawal of troops in Syria is deeply troubling because it further signifies an America-first mentality, but his leaving “doesn’t make him heroic.” Be careful who you listen to right now.
In his resignation letter, Mattis writes, “our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships.” Trump again reminds us he has no regard for partnership, for coalition building, for anyone or anything other than building his own empire.
This, of course, is in direct opposition to the kind of kin-dom building people of faith are called to create. Shaun King reminds us that not Mattis, nor Trump, nor Kavanaugh, nor even Pelosi or Ocasio-Cortez can fully provide us with the kind of world for which God dreams (though between you and me Ocasio-Cortez gets pretty damn close). That kind of kin-dom building takes all of us, and it takes centering ourselves in God’s dreams. As people of faith, it’s our job to hold our politicians to the closets semblance possible of God’s dreams, while at the same time remembering that our moral center is found in God alone.
On Christmas Eve, the nation has the opportunity to hear from one of the most prophetic and bold pastors of our time, the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Senior Minister of Middle Collegiate Church in New York City. At 11:35 PM, CBS (known by insiders as the Caucasian Broadcasting Company) will air Middle Collegiate’s Christmas Eve service, which includes a bold message from Dr. Lewis about following the law of love above all else. As Lewis says, “Love God. Love your neighbor. Everything else is commentary.” How would our world change if we took to heart this deep yet simple message about how we might exist in our multicultural, multiracial, deeply divvied political world?