Yesterday President Trump of Russia, met Premier Putin of Russia in Helsinki, Finland, for what proved to be a bizarre and troubling conversation. If you think I made an error in describing Trump's title, it was intentional. He essentially lay on the floor, rolled over on his back so Putin could rub his tummy, then purred -- in Russian. The Republican party fawns over Trump, as does the right-wing media, but there was a ton of push-back against his public criticism of US security agencies while giving Putin a free pass. To say his inept performance was traitorous is an understatement.
They are, however, two like-minded men who perceive themselves as emperors, accountable to no one. Democracy is a sham in Russia and it is veering in that direction in the United States. Sadly, many leaders in the Russian Orthodox Church along with evangelical leaders in America act as though they owe allegiance to these self-appointed rulers, rather than to God.
A few days ago Christian writer Rachel Held Evans offered an excellent piece in the Washington Post, a newspaper which has attempted to hold the Trump administration accountable despite repeated attacks. In the article Held Evans offers:
There are many... resistance stories in the Bible. While Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders would have us believe Scripture teaches dutiful acquiescence to the state, the Bible in actuality brims with protest songs and prison letters, subversive poetry and politically charged visions, satirical roasts of the powerful and storied celebrations of dissidents...
It is easy for modern-day readers to forget Scripture as we know it emerged from communities of religious minorities living under the heels of powerful nation-states. For the authors of Hebrew Scripture, it was the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek and Persian empires. For the authors of the New Testament, it was, of course, the massive Roman Empire. The writers of the Bible likened these empires to great mutant beasts, with sharp fangs, powerful claws and multiple heads. Much of biblical literature is consumed with resisting them, both as exterior forces that opposed the ways of God and interior pulls that tempt good people with assimilation.
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Yesterday was a sad and embarrassing day for the United States of America, which is not "great again" and never will be with Trump at the helm. I pray that Christians in the States will awaken to the resistance stories of scripture and be inspired toward change.