Donald, Pat and Jesus

“Greatest witch hunt in American history!”
Or some such thing.

Trump’s standard reply to investigation into the question of Russian collusion.

No one has been persecuted like poor Mr. President.

Well take heart, Donald.
Cheer up, Don Junior.
Why so glum, Jared?
Why act surprised, Kellyanne?

This comes with the territory of all righteous causes.

Didn’t the very Jesus who Donald professed faith in once say,
“Blessed are you when people revile, persecute, and slander you”?

I’m surprised that Pat Robertson didn’t share this with the President
in their 700 Club interview the other day.

Shame on you, Rev. Robertson!

Here you had your righteous President,
the leader that you have been longing for all these years,
and you didn’t give him this pastoral word of comfort
when the opportunity presented itself.

Surely, Mr. Trump has been reviled, persecuted and slandered
by the pagan hoards running the “fake news.”

Surely, it was for an occasion such as this that Jesus
gave us these words.

Oh, wait a minute … there was more to that Jesus sermon, wasn’t there?

Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of justice.”
Yea, I guess that taking away health insurance to millions of poor folk
doesn’t quite count as seeking justice.

“Blessed are the peacemakers.”
Hmm, maybe a little too much divisiveness and sword rattling
coming out of the White House to be counted amongst the peacemakers.

“Blessed are the pure in heart.”
Doesn’t quite work for “pussy” grabbing liars, does it?

“Blessed are the merciful.”
Umm … not so much to refugees, Muslims and Mexicans.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice.”
Hunger and thirst for power and prestige, maybe,
but justice? Not so much.

“Blessed are the meek.”
Not for the arrogance of the “best” President ever,
whose policies are going to be “great,”
and whose impact is bigger and better than anything we’ve ever seen!

“Blessed are those who mourn.”
Not for a planet caught in the dynamics of climate change,
not for the poorest of the poor,
not for unarmed African Americans shot dead by vigilantes and the police.

And “blessed are the poor in spirit.”
Well, really, what needs to be said?
Never has a President more ostentatiously displayed
and boasted in his wealth!

So I guess that it is just as well that Pat Robertson didn’t
appeal to the beatitudes of Jesus as a pastoral word for the President.

Maybe, Pat knew that it would have been inappropriate.
Maybe he knew that his beloved President’s life

was a stark contrast to the vision of Jesus.
Maybe he knew that such an appeal to Jesus would
have been both hypocritical and blasphemous.

Nah … just kidding.
Robertson didn’t know any of this.
Robertson couldn’t even begin to imagine the world in such terms.
Robertson’s Jesus would never be so rude to the President of the United States.

Brian Walsh
Brian is an activist theologian, a retired CRC campus minister, the founder of the Wine Before Breakfast community, and farms with Sylvia Keesmaat at Russet House Farm.He engages issues of theology and culture, and has written a couple of books you might want to check out. His most recent offering is cowritten with Sylvia Keesmaat and entitled Romans Disarmed: Resisting Empire, Demanding Justice.

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