What gets me isn’t the Donald.
What really gets me is the fact that he has a tremendous following — that he’s resonating with folks, so much so he’s leading the pack of Republicans vying for the Republican ticket.
There already existed an unwarranted fear of Muslims and people are allowing the likes of him to continue to feed that fear.
It seems like fears in charge.
Fear drives our thoughts, our conversations, our logic, our world view.
The more we feed fear, the hungrier it gets, and the more enemies we create.
As Yoda says:
Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
We have history to learn from so that we don’t make the same mistakes of those who’ve gone before us. I have no idea where this picture originated from. But if we’re not careful, we could be making the same mistake.
As Christians, fear is never our motivation or our driving force.
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
Or as John writes:
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen,cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command:Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
Love > Fear. Always.