Resistance, Victory, and Hope: Finding Strength after Week One of Trump’s America.

As we approach the end of week one of the Trump presidency, yesterday was the most unsettling yet. The silencing or “gag order” of several agencies from communicating with the public, the executive orders to progress with the Keystone and Dakota pipelines, and then the day ended with a tweet from Mr. Trump, “Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!” 

This tweet coming at the end of such a heartbreaking day was no doubt just an egotistical punch in our already sick stomachs, and one more knife in our hearts. The battle is not lost, however. The Body rose up yet again in Truth and Justice.

Silencing the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) spurred a rogue former employee of Badlands National Park to frantically start tweeting climate science facts. Soon they were deleted due to the gag order. Bless his/her heart! What troubling times if tweeting science is an act of rebellion. This sparked a little revolution of sorts in the world of climate science. A new Twitter account emerged called @AltUSNatParkService, with the tag line “The unofficial ‘Resistance’ team of U.S. National Park Service. Not taxpayer subsidized. Come for rugged scenery, fossil beds, 89 million acres of landscape.” In their feed, climate science facts are shared among their nearing 250k followers in less than a day of its creation. Other similar resistance pages have also begun.

This is beautiful. This is Hope. The God I believe in is rising up through us. Everything is being exposed right now. Most importantly, the light. In the pit of my despair yesterday, I was drawn to read Matthew 10. It is a list of instructions that Jesus gives his disciples. Immediately after reading, the peace came. He tells them to speak to the lost. He tells them to not be afraid. He tells them to travel from city to city proclaiming “good news” from the rooftops that “the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Tells them to cure disease, heal the sick. He tells them to keep standing, even if it means walking away from those who don’t hear their message. Tells them that they will be hated. He tells them most importantly to believe in protection, and to take up their cross, do what is right. 

The God I believe in is hearing our cries about the destruction of our planet and creation. He/She hears the cries of the refugees that are banned from entering the US as of today. This God is with Standing Rock, and with us all as we watch the erection of this wall. We know someday it will come down and what a celebration that will be for a future generation. I hope my children witness that great event and display of love and unity. This God is fighting with us, not out of fear, but from Mighty power. Just look at the global women’s march on Saturday! What a ROAR from the Spirit. 
As we continue this rising, remember we are not fighting for victory, we are fighting FROM victory. Love wins in the end. Restoration wins. Healing wins. Compassion wins. God/Life/Spirit/Creation wins. 

In Malcom Gladwell’s acclaimed best selling book, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference,  he seeks to explain and describe social trends and great social movements. He states ” The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.” 

Friends, we are on the other side of the tipping point, which all evidence points to the election that struck the match. The Body and its’ Message will continue to spread like wildfire. Let us be grateful and proclaim the good news. 

In The Hunger Games (Book 1), by Suzanne Collins, a profound quote about Hope is given from the evil President Snow…

Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective, a lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it’s contained.” 

Let your Spirit continue to ROAR WITH HOPE. 

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17 thoughts on “Resistance, Victory, and Hope: Finding Strength after Week One of Trump’s America.

  1. Great piece and full of encouragement not to lose hope. Thank you. My only addition is to remember the cross: we may have to suffer, but the willingness to endure suffering for a righteous cause rather than inflicting suffering on others, is the greatest power on earth. As a great lady once said: “When they go low, we go high.” Thank you for your witness, and for not giving up!!

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    1. Story of my life! I’ve had so many people tell me that Trump is a Christian now because he made a confession of faith. I’m glad I found this page because this election has made me want to run from the church.

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  2. As a Christian I am dumbfounded how a proclaimed Christian can choose climate change over the killing of millions of aborted babies. We should vote based on platform. A pro life platform. A vote for Trump was a vote for life and not necessarily a vote for him personally. I heard the name Jesus for the first time in my life on an Inauguration Day. That is something to be praised!

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    1. I don’t think anything saddens me more than this pro-life voting. Tell me why we should vote for any elected official based on a single issue? then tell me what in the Bible gives you the impression that Jesus wants us to carry out the do not murder commandant for others. That is not our job! It certainly isn’t our president or governments job! If God gave folks free will who are we to take it away? Do you recall who Jesus hung out with in His stories? The saddest of the sad! He didn’t convince the prostitutes to stop what they were doing by urging congress to pass laws. How did he do it? He spent time with them, He showed that He was not ashamed of anyone! So if you feel passionately about women having careless abortions, (BTW a very small minority are done after 3 months that pose no threat to the baby or mothers life) go to the clinics, volunteer and build relationships. Speak to youth groups about the Bible and beliefs. I believe THAT is what Jesus would do, don’t you?

      This argument is so dangerous, please stop because you are placing your job as a Christian with the government and we all know how inefficient they are!!!!!

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    2. Smoke and mirrors! With his track record, do you honestly believe he cares about abortion? For that matter, jobs for the poor? Name one Christ like attribute that he reflects! A fruit of the spirit? Humility-ah, no! Doesn’t God oppose the proud? Do we want a leader, whom God opposes? No to all of them. He is a LIER! The truth is not in him. Who is the father of lies? We must rest every spirit against the word of God. Not turn a blind eye, because they say something we want to believe!

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  3. Im a believer and confused to why, U as a Christian, are not seeing Trump as a blessing? There has-been a perfect president in office yet…some close. However, Trump is for Godly principles. And yes, is surrounded by Christian accountability.
    He is right on closing the web page for climate control….its fake and taxpayers money is being abused….so yes. The media is under a gag order for the pipelines due to them,constantly presenting or implying false info. I would also. He has been doing what he said he woud do….and yet SOME Christians want to bite the lie that Trump is againt the people. If that were true he wouldn’t be defending us. “God rules his heart like a water course” be careful whom your actions are really against..(wink)

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    1. I’d like to understand even one Godly principle that Trump is for. I think we have very separate ideas about what are godly principles.
      I see no fruit whatsoever, all through his campaign filled with hate rhetoric, bragging of sexual assault, bullying, making fun of the disabled reporter, the list goes on and frankly I don’t have time to go through it all with you.
      Jesus was for the little children, here Trump is banning refugees and building a wall that cost 25 billion dollars.
      Climate change is not fake and there are many global resources on climate science facts. You must not trust science, I do. I know how rigorous testing is and also how difficult it is to get issues accepted by the scientific community. 97% of scientists agree on climate change.
      My actions are not against anyone, rather but FOR humanity, which includes you.

      Good day.

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    2. really??????? so what in the Bible gives you the impression that Jesus cares about tax dollars? Especially that he would not want us to use them to care for the planet He allows us to live on? Second what about Jesus gives you the impression that he would want a government to think for His people or that he would weed out lies by silencing those that speak. He gave Peter a lesson by allowing Peter to deny(lie) him 3 times, he judges us by our actions. Let him be the judge of a supposedly lying media, which you might want to consult the scientific facts on that one…. Take a really good think on where Jesus might fall on the issues of environmental protection, whose Father gave Adam and Eve a beautiful garden do you think He would have allowed them to bring an oil tanker to Eden? if He allowed it would He have been happy about it? We know that He allows things He is not pleased with (disasters, innocent killings, massive pride, discord in families) but those are tests for people to LIVE their faith, in this case Trump supporters are FAILING the test.

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  4. ahhhhh thank you I knew I wasn’t alone on this!!! I wonder if we are reading the same words, it seems to many are concerned with how others are living and not giving themselves a look in the mirror how can you know God if you don’t know yourself.

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