Maybe the Silent Majority Does Stand with Trump?

silent_majorityDonald J. Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States on June 16, 2015. If I’m honest, Ithought it was a publicity stunt that would be short lived. I mean, I loved the Donald on “The Apprentice”the dramatic board room scenes, the teflon Don telling would-be apprentices: “You’re Fired” and all those facial expressions and hand gestures.What was not to love! But as the primaries wore on, I would listen to my local talkradio station andto my surprise, Donald Trumpwas winning. First inNew Hampshire, then South Carolina and Nevada. It was happeningDonald Trump was executive producing a successful bid for the Republican Presidential nomination.

Along the way, more eyes watched and more mics were turned in his direction.His trademark bravado and showmanship became the stage fortroubling statements about immigrants, women, blacksandlatinos. More than that, there was atone of barbarism and a lack of civility that seemed unfitting for such a serious presidential race. This was no Ronald Reagan campaign or George H.W. Bush or “W” (pronounced “dubbu-yuh”) for that matter. This wasa brawler who was kicking butt andembarrassing the competition. It got so bad that the pundits would talk about whether or not he could unify theRepublican Party after all of the contempt that marked the primaries.

The movement Trump was leading was so distinct from traditional conservatismthata new term came to the fore to describe this brasher bunch: “Alt-Right”. When I first started voting, Republicans were synonymous with Conservatives. The platform attracted Christians with talk of honoringthe sanctity of life and protecting thedefinitionof marriage. They talked about being “the party of ideas” and partnering with faith-based organizations to overcome America’s social challenges.Today, honoring the unborn or taking a stand for marriage are footnotes to this campaign and are not the policy issues where Trump has distinguished himself from Hillary Clinton. Instead, Trump’spolicy penchant is buildinga wall that Mexico will pay for and “Making America Great Again,” seemingly by keeping immigrants out and deporting undocumented immigrants.

Back in July of 2015, Ithoughtthere was no way sensible people would turn a blind eye to Trump’s negativity but I’ve been disheartened andpuzzled to find that millions of my fellow Americans can look the other way in the face of clear and blatant racism thinly veiled as immigrationpolicy and chocked full of dog-whistle rhetoric.

Is this a pro-Hillary Clinton post. No,that’s really not the point for me. Neither of these politicians can bringwhat our nation needs mostrevival. Revival will have to come fromheaven as believers heed the call of 2 Chronicles 7:14-15. Revival will come when the truth and glory of God spills from pulpits across our land. Revival will come when each of us takes our fellowship withand witness for Christ into the marketplace and into the arts and into sports arenas and board rooms.

But revival cannot come from standing idly by while the hearts of men and women grow so cold that millions of people embrace hate as a solution.If the silent majority stands with Trump, how did that get to be the case? Haveyou and Iwonour neighbors to Christ? Havewemadedisciples of Jesus Christ in every sphere of society? If the heart of our nation stands with someone who openlyespouses racism and bigotry,what does that say about the deafening silence of the American Church? I praythis election cycle will provokeus out of our silence and cause us to engage our communities with the love of Jesus Christ.

Roland Hairston

Roland Hairston loves God and loves people. He wrestles with ideas about life, faith, leadership and church and wields strategy, technology and communications to move people to action. As Publisher of Gospel Today, Roland has the joy of sharing information, inspiration, education and empowerment with the world.

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