Whatsoever a Man Soweth

by Lauren Wynn

As a native of the Commonwealth of Virginia, I’ve known Charlottesville as a lovely college town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s home to Monticello, the estate of Thomas Jefferson – the author of the Declaration of Independence. It’s a town filled with history – some noble, some ignoble – but by-and-large a friendly and lovely place to live and work. Yesterday, that changed.

Yesterday, Charlottesville was at the center of a national tragedy as scenes of violence played over and over on televisions and news feeds across America. The sleepy college town turned dark and ugly and President Trump first took to Twitter to address the situation.

He then took a moment during a bill signing ceremony to address the events.

 “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides.”

Unlike Jefferson, Trump is not known for his eloquence nor is oratory his forté. He weaved and bobbed and denied that he was in any way accountable for the anger that spilled over on the streets of Virginia. Yet he called on his fellow Americans to put country above all else:

While that’s a nice sentiment, his response left many people unsatisfied – even angry. Nowhere in his response did the President call out the instigators. Not once did he name the ideologies or factions that brought this hatred to our streets. It left many to wonder why.

Then, less than twenty-four hours later, the Trump camp released an ad that put into sharp focus the methods and mentality of this administration:

Painting the Democrats, the media, and his critics as enemies, Trump himself continues to drive the narrative of a division — of us vs them. It’s nothing new. This is the same man who cheered on the mob mentality at his rallies, who encouraged people to ‘beat the hell’ out of protesters, and pined for the days when they would have been carried out on stretchers. Almost daily, he attacks and threatens people who disagree with him or speak out against him – even members of his own party. Whether it was his intention to incite the alt-right, the neo-Nazis or the KKK, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that he did. They were emboldened by his refusal to denounce them and now, they’re claiming that they elected him and that he is beholden to them.

 

David Duke Quote re white's electing Trump
This is a screen shot rather than an interactive link so as not to provide racists with clicks.

 

Trump is now reaping that which he has sown. Unfortunately, America is being poisoned by that harvest. He’s right about one thing: we DO need to come together. But we need to come together in opposition to all that he represents.

 

For he that soweth unto his own flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth unto the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galations 6:8-9

It’s easy to allow hatred into our hearts. It’s easy to call our fellow humans our enemies – especially when they disagree with us on closely-held beliefs, but that makes us no better than the likes of Trump or Dukes. Be better. We must.

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