I am bewildered, perplexed, confused; I really don't know which adjective is most apropos. My country is degenerating before my very eyes. Our Presidential primaries have not even begun, but what I am seeing disturbs me to the core. I begin this by saying I am not a registered democrat or republican; I have voted both ways. However, I am disheartened (and all the aforementioned adjectives) that the republican front-runner is a racist. Not only is he a racist, but he flaunts it...an "in your face" brashness that demeans anyone other than white men. Yes, I said he demeans anyone.other.than.white.men. He disdains Hispanics, Muslims, women....anyone.other.than.white.men. It disturbs me because in spite of this, or perhaps "because" of this, he is the front-runner.
I was talking to my good North Carolina friend this evening, and he broached something I had not thought of---hadn't wanted to ponder. This "candidate" is so popular because he has brought out the hidden racism in millions of people. He is their candidate of choice. This same friend said that contrary to uniting the country, the election of the first African-American President brought racism out of the closet (my paraphrase/interpretation of his words). Where are we as Americans when a rabid candidate spewing hatred against all the above groups is a major party's current run-away favorite?
Another scary thought is that "if" he is the republican nominee, millions of self-professed "Christians" will vote for him..... simply because they would NEVER entertain voting for a democrat of any flavor.
So, through this circumlocution, I come to this point:
If Jesus Christ were alive on this earth today, what would he say to this candidate and his millions of followers? What would Jesus say about the hate-filled speech? What would he say to the millions of alleged "Christians" who are following this man or will vote for him if he is the nominee...simply because they would NEVER vote for a democrat? Would he rebuke them and say, "Depart from me; I never knew you," or "If you vote for him, don't do so under the guise of following me"?