This is not a political post. Trump is merely my foil.
America and the world are scratching their heads at how we have come to choose certain individuals as representatives of our nation. We accuse of arrogance, racism, and self-centeredness. How in the world did it come to this? Well, this is who we are so is it not fitting that a presidential nominee reflects the values of our culture? No, you have not made the same claims and promises that he has, but you have honked your horn not because you were in danger but because you were impatient. You have gotten upset because someone did not thank you for holding the door open. You have assumed that your experience is the norm and that all others should be judged by it. And you have interrupted someone by saying “I know” simply because you can’t stand the idea of them thinking they’ve actually taught you something.
In other words, we are a proud, self-centered, arrogant people. We have been so consumed with self-entitlement and have so abused the privilege of the choices we are given at every turn (“hold the onions, extra cheese”) that we don’t realize we are the very person we love to criticize. We are Trump.
The answer, then, is to be like the ultimate Leader, Jesus Christ, who did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). The One who put aside rights and privileges, emptying Himself to become a slave in the greatest act of humility to the point of dying innocent for the guilty (Philippians 2:5-8). The same individual who told us to deal with the log in our own eye before dealing with the speck in another’s (Matthew 7:5).
Yes, I know, it’s different. But is it, really? We may not have the same depth and breadth of influence, but sin is sin and God has placed us all on this temporary plane to be an influence. It’s our choice whether we make that influence good, salty, and bright or tasteless and hidden.
As dangerous as it is, this season gives us the opportunity to take our eyes off the person in the mirror and direct our vitriols at another. But, at the end of the day, you matter and your influence is greater than you think.