When I started my blog in 2014, I vowed I would never write about politics or religion. Today, I am writing about both. Recently, every attempt I’ve made to write something light and personal has come out trivial and hollow, (more so than usual) so forgive me while I veer off course with this post.
I was moved when I went to church on Sunday and we sang Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite song, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”. This song has never had the same impact on me as it did today, the day before we celebrate Dr. King’s birthday, even when I worked jobs where I participated in MLK Day service projects and programs. Because Sunday also marked the start of a week in which we say good bye to one man who broke racial barriers to become president, and we swear in another who broke conventional political barriers to become our country’s leader. Each will leave his own legacy, and whether you are happy or sad that one is leaving and the other is beginning, depends on your personal values and beliefs.
In a few days, Donald Trump will be my president, and there is nothing I want more than for him to succeed in leading our country and representing us on the global stage. But that doesn’t mean I’m giving him a free pass.
I want him to remember that healthy government includes tolerance and respect, compassion and justice, promise and opportunity, for ALL people.
I want him to realize that serving the people is not the same as serving yourself, and that volatility and impulsiveness are not healthy leadership traits.
I want him to value how differing opinions will enhance his decision making, and to stop insulating himself from the real issues of the real people who elected him, as well as those who didn’t.
Next Saturday, I am marching in Lansing, not against Donald Trump, but for the disadvantaged and disenfranchised, for the hungry and hopeless, that they are not forgotten as Trump defines his legacy. And for my young nieces and other girls and young women, so they understand their worth is never determined by their looks.
I’ve chosen to be hopeful because my faith demands it. I hope you will join me in both hopefulness and vigilance in holding our new president accountable.
Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand.
Link for Lansing March: https://www.marchonlansing.org/2017/01/15/march-lansing-update/