There’s been a storm of reaction to the comments President Trump made at a meeting last week on future immigration policy in the USA. Conflicting reports of what actually was said continue but the consensusis that his words wereinflammatory,disrespectful and certainly not the sort of language you would expect from the leader of the free world. Politiciansacross the boardhave been scathingin their condemnation, as were many world leaders from those countriesreferred toin his apparent tirade of abuse. Mr Trump denied the use of the terminology used, but as the White House has not posting any denial the President’s staffmay be hoping that this latest lack of diplomacy will soon be old news along with all the other uniformed and misjudged statements the President has made over the last year. Then again Mr Trump may feel that with his popularity still high among those who voted for him and the USAeconomy on the up and unemployment figures downthathe can get away with thismaverick style of leadership.The midterm elections later this year may make himthink again or if there were any surge in his popularity it could mean that there’s much more to come!
There were more bad kings and rulers than good in Biblical history and God’s condemnation and judgement came upon them all. By today our system of democracy gives us the right to remove those who are in power and thatmay be the only way that things will change at the White House.Like all his predecessors Mr Trump has spoken of his pride and privilege of having been elected to this high office. However, with such privilege must come the responsibilityto seek unity and to encourage good will and co-operation be it at home or abroad.President Trump or any other political leader is then honour bound to work across the political divideswith tact and diplomacy and to use language that must be firm but always respectful and tolerant.
The future may be uncertain, the political world is seeing dramatic change, leaders come and go and yet the Biblical truth that loving our neighbour and going that extra mile in service and commitment remains the highest calling of political leadership. The inscription on the Statue of Liberty declares ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free’That must never be forgotten.