A New Vision, A New Voice ~ The North Texas Conference
Bishop McKee responds to President Trump
Matthew 25:40: “And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ ”
This week, it was reported that President Trump referred to several nations with language that is unbecoming the leader of our country. I am aware that many of our churches in North Texas have developed deep relationships through their mission work with people from several of the countries the President denigrated with his remarks. Just last summer, I traveled to Honduras and Guatemala to be in conversation with Methodists there who are working each day to strengthen their countries. These men and women of faith inspired me by their resilience, commitment, faith and exemplary character.
Now is the time when we can no longer be silent in the face of racist rhetoric coming from our political leaders. Leaders of both political parties can no longer remain silent when bigoted words are said in their presence. The sins of omission are as dangerous as the sins of commission.
On Friday, Bishop Bruce R. Ough — president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church — published a letter condemning President Trump’s remarks. Bishop Ough said, “As leaders of our global United Methodist Church, we are sickened by such uncouth language from the leader of a nation that was founded by immigrants and serves as a beacon to the world’s ‘huddled masses longing to be free.’ ”
As I write this letter today, I am in New York City — not far from the Statue of Liberty, upon which the above words are inscribed. I believe that our nation continues to have a calling to offer immigrants an opportunity to make for themselves a better life. Today, I have been around naturalized American citizens who have come from countries referenced by the President. They have been most forgiving of his rhetoric; they know the hearts of the American people.
Like you, I want to not only stand up for the people of these nations but stand with them as they have been insulted.
Bishop Ough further states: “Christ reminds us that it is by love that they will know that we are Christians. Let’s demonstrate that love for all of God’s people by saying no to racism; no to discrimination and no to bigotry.”
Whatever our political persuasions, let us remember that we have yoked our lives and our ministries with Christ. Let us speak for the peoples of the world.
As you do so on Sunday morning, know once again I have your back.
Grace and peace,