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October 28, 2019

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Donald Trump attending Game 5 of the World Series, where he was booed by the crowd.
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, arguably the world’s most wanted man, died over the weekend by detonating a suicide vest as United States Special Forces conducted a raid. In true Trump fashion, Trump announced his death saying that he was “whimpering, crying, and screaming all the way,” likening Baghdadi to a “frightened puppy.” - via The New York Times.
Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the older men who had attended his father Solomon while he was still alive, saying, “How do you advise me to answer this people?” They answered him, “If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them and speak good words to them when you answer them, then they will be your servants forever.” But he disregarded the advice that the older men gave him and consulted with the young men who had grown up with him and now attended him. He said to them, “What do you advise that we answer this people who have said to me, ‘Lighten the yoke that your father put on us’?”  The young men who had grown up with him said to him, “Thus you should say to this people who spoke to you, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you must lighten it for us’; thus you should say to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s loins. Now, whereas my father laid on you a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke. My father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.’”

So, Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had said, “Come to me again the third day.” The king answered the people harshly. He disregarded the advice that the older men had given him and spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.” So the king did not listen to the people, because it was a turn of affairs brought about by the LORD that he might fulfill his word, which the LORD had spoken by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam son of Nebat.

When all Israel saw that the king would not listen to them, the people answered the king,
“What share do we have in David?
    We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse.
To your tents, O Israel!
    Look now to your own house, O David.”
So, Israel went away to their tents.
But Rehoboam reigned over the Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah.

-1 Kings 12: 6-17
In 1 Kings, Jeroboam, an officer from King Solomon’s court, had returned from exile in Egypt and has begun to organize the people of Israel. He had 10 of the 12 tribes united when they approached King Rehoboam, Solomon’s son who was in power, to basically demand better working conditions. They needed relief from the oppressive system that Solomon had put into place. And instead of serving the people, Rehoboam leaned into his self-serving attitude. Instead of listening to his seasoned and educated advisors, he surrounded himself with inadequate individuals with little to no experience in their assigned roles because they were the King’s friends. Instead of responding in a mature manner, these advisors compared the size of Rehoboam’s finger to that of his father’s loins. Sadly, this story from 1 Kings reads like a day in the Trump administration. 

Even in the midst of the death of an ISIS leader, instead of practicing diplomacy and dignity, he likened the dead man to a frightened animal. Instead of offering relief to those seeking refuge, he rips families apart and places their children in cages and detention centers. Instead of helping those struggling financially in our country, he offers his wealthy friends tax breaks, placing the burdens of paying for his wall and his exploits on the golf course on the backs of the American people. Instead of unifying the people, he continues to divide us. 

As long as Trump remains in power, the people of our country will continue to suffer under the heavy yoke placed upon us by those in power. We have to seek out the Jeroboams among us, those willing to speak up for justice and relief, if we ever want to get Trump out of his place of power. If we want to see the people of this country given relief, we must continue to demand it and work towards it to bring the Trump administration to an abrupt halt.
Today in Chicago, hundreds gather in protest at Trump’s visit to offer a speech to the International Association of Police Chiefs and to protest the fundraiser for Trump by the owner of the Chicago Cubs, Todd Ricketts. Showing up is an act of public witness against the corrupt practices of the Trump administration and those who support them. Take the time to find out where you can show up in your community and make your voice heard. You can check out this article from on how to locate protests in your cities.
God of action and protest, make our feet swift, our bodies strong, and our voices loud so that we might show up with our whole selves to stand against oppression and unjust practices from those in places of power. Give us the courage to stand against those who support these regimes, and give us the conviction of Jeroboam to demand better for ourselves and our neighbors. Amen. 
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