in favor of a narcissistic and blatantly dishonest candidate who
has no principles."
This was a response to a Facebook post I made about respecting the republicans who refuse to endorse their party's candidate. I am not going to get into a tit-for-tat about either candidate because the same could be said of Mr. Trump. Clearly, he is narcissistic, and his principles change with the wind.
My response to my good colleague was to say we could "chat" about it next week. But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I would do better justice explaining myself here for those inclined to read the whole thing.
To understand why I am supporting Hillary, one has to understand my world view, past and present.
I have already explained a little of why I'm supporting Hillary here, but let me really make it clear in this post.
I was reared in a republican household. My parents are not card-carrying republicans, but they have always voted that way for as along as I can remember, at least in state and national elections. So, I followed suit. I also need to say here that I was brought up a Methodist, and when I moved to Beaufort, I attended the largest evangelical church in the area. Next is where the change began.
A little over 5 years ago I began attending a church that emphasized community service. It was something new to me, but exciting. It started small with me. Five summers ago there was a man who lived nearby who needed a bicycle to either get to work or look for work; I can't remember which. I was going to buy him one myself. A church friend wanted to go in with me, so we purchased it together, and I delivered it.
From that church, I became involved with a like-minded group who formed a homeless ministry in Washington Park downtown. There are homeless in Beaufort, hidden among us. I had a homeless student in one recent year who lived in the women's shelter with his mother and brother because they fled a domestic violence situation in Florida. But, I digress. Back to that homeless ministry.
For about a year and a half, we met every Sunday at the park. I was the sole cook and bottle washer. I learned to cook for about 40 people: stews, chili, I forget what all. We had fellowship with music, a short verse discussion, and food. Three of us went in on the food. All of that ended nearly three years ago when the other two people moved to California. However, from that ministry I met a dear lady whom I still cook for each weekend. She is wheelchair-bound, having had three strokes. She doesn't talk well, but there is nothing wrong with her mind. Below is her home as it currently looks. My "old self" would not have been caught dead going into her house. I would have been scared to death.
I began to think about other people when I stopped focusing on myself. My perception of the republican party is this: strong military, tax cuts for the middle class, anti-abortion, and anti-gay rights. Make no mistake: I once thought like this. After all, I still have my button from the first presidential campaign I was old enough to vote in:
HOWEVER, when I began to get involved with community outreach, community service, whatever you want to call it, I became a Jesus follower. That means that I do what I think HE would have me to do. I have scriptures that tell me:
He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.
And my favorite:
Consequently, I began this election cycle a Bernie Sanders' supporter because his philosophy was most closely aligned to Christ's words that I attempt to live by. Notice I said his philosophy. The republicans are the antithesis of Christ's words. Let me be clear: I see nothing of Christ's words in their beliefs. For me to vote for Hillary is the next best thing to voting for Bernie. Don't get me wrong: I'm not excited about it, but there is zero way I would vote for Trump with the vehement hatred he spews. And, much to my mother's chagrin, I'm sure, I will not stay home on election day and risk adding to a Trump victory,
I am not out to please man, but I am out to please God, for He said, " Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." I hope to hear one day, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."
I want to be a sheep, not a goat.