Greetings Bethesda Family & Friends:
On Saturday, April 29, 2017, President 45 marked his 100th day in office by holding a campaign-style rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Just like the campaign, he “rallied his base” by attacking the media, dividing the country with hate-filled speech, and (quite frankly) lying about his accomplishments saying: “My fellow Americans, I truly believe that the first 100 days of my administration has been just about the most successful in our country’s history.”
There is little doubt that for most African Americans, and for most persons committed to a progressive agenda for American society that the first 100 days of Donald Trump as President of the United States has certainly not been the most successful. In fact, I believe it is proving to be a major step backward. It is hard enough to accept the fact that the successor to our nation’s first African American president was the one person who went out of his way to question the legitimacy of Obama’s election, his American citizenship, and even his intelligence. However, the administration of Donald Trump is bringing with it a new Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who opposed expanded voting rights and, according to the testimony of the late Coretta Scott King, “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters.” This intimidation continues today, as a jury convicted Desiree Fairooz, an activist associated with the organization Code Pink, who was arrested during a congressional hearing in January after laughing at the claim that Jeff Sessions had an “extensive record of treating all Americans equally under the law.”
Beloved, this is no laughing matter, but we should not be surprised. This is just one example of the numerous egregious “happenings” under this administration: collusion with the Russians, outrageous “alternative facts,” hate-filled immigration executive orders, and now the vote in the House of Representatives to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. ObamaCare) that threatens to negatively impact 26 million people. Naturally, many articles, social media posts, and water-cooler comments are railing against these egregious happenings. But, let me be honest, it all amounts to is meaningless anger. During the campaign, now President 45 said exactly what he planned to do – in my view: destroy the democracy – and now he is doing it. He told us who he was. Now, believe him. Maya Angelou said it best: “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.”
Beloved, it’s not enough just to get angry, it is time to act! Fret not! Don’t be intimidated. Let’s not just talk about it, let’s do something about it. Righteous indignation is appropriate anger over mistreatment, insult, or injustice that leads to acting justly. With our righteous indignation, let’s us partner with God, join the resistance, and in the words of Paul: “… press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14 KJV).
Belong. Believe. Become.
Rev. David W. Watkins, III – Pastor