Thursday, 10 November 2016
What does it take to make a Christian?
Shock and disbelief have been quickly replaced with fear and revulsion.
Never an admirer of Hilary Clinton yet the worst I feel for her is a wary, cynical unconvinced acceptance that she would be better than this alternative.
So much bile, vitriol and verbal abuse has been the main feature of both campaigns that it has been increasingly difficult to see the wood for the trees (assuming there is any).
Nevertheless what I have read and heard of Donald Trump has contained no single shred of hope for America's huge mixed race population, no way forward for it's aspiring female young and a very real danger that sensitive delicate negotiations between Europe and America will be trampled underfoot in the power struggle.
Our Rector who is an American has remarked that we must, as Christians keep hope alive and pray that the hectoring rhetoric of the past weeks will be replaced with a more balanced and reasoned approach when the new President takes office.
I find this very hard to do.
When I was baptised (in the 1180's font pictured above) I was made to understand that the past was just that, and that this was the beginning of a new and better life.
Part of that better life was to be the way I behaved to others, not just those I met face-to-face, but all those who impacted on my life in any way.
This I strive to do - though it is very much a work in progress- but the thing I find most difficult is to restrain my angry reactions and violent verbal criticism of those I perceive to be wrongdoers.
Never known for my tact and diplomacy and far too outspoken for my own good, biting my tongue has become a way of life, but, every now and then I feel the need to rant.
So utterly dismayed am I at the result of this election that I have to remain silent.
Once started I would never be able to finish.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 2:49:00 pm