At mass today, our homilist decided that the content of his homily would have a political influence on it. Before he decided to lead a religious life, he was a newspaper writer and attended many events hosted by one of the major political parties. He tied his personal experience with politics into his current life as a deacon, and made some valid points that I would like to share my thoughts on.
Before he got into the meat of his homily, I thought “This could get really ugly, really fast.” Politics and religion don’t mix well; he was stepping into dangerous territory. But as I listened, he kept his homily neutral and brought some Christian forward ideas of the recent election to the table.
One of the most important things the homilist said was, “Our President is not our God.” I had never thought of this idea before, but it is so true! Yes, the President does have a lot of power over the people of the United States. Government has a lot of power too. Even though these individuals and groups have a strong hold over the country, they do not dictate our day to day lives. The homilist was saying that these people do not pay the bills at home, put dinner on the table, or put the kids to sleep. The homilist argued that how our lives pan out is dictated by our individual actions and by God’s will, not solely or most prominently by the government or the President. He couldn’t have been more right. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and that God dictates what happens in our lives and in our country, not solely the government and the President.
The homilist ended by saying that if he had it his way, he wouldn’t vote for Trump or Clinton. He would vote for Jesus, the Jewish criminal that died over 2000 years ago. I’d vote that way too if that was an option. On January 20th, our new President will be inaugurated. It may not be the person you wanted to be our President. I know I’m not happy with the results of our election either. May be the next President is who you voted for, which is fine. Regardless of how you feel about the outcome of the election, just know that even though Trump will have a big effect on everyone in this country and in the government, that God rules and governs above all. Our homilist was saying that you are the biggest part and dictator of your life with God guiding you. Our President leads us as a country, not as individuals.
I think two well-known quotes pair nicely with today’s homily and my overall thoughts on it:
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi
“My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” ~ JFK
Whether it’s change in your life or change for this country, you have to be the catalyst. The nationwide protests that are currently happening are a real-life example of Gandhi’s quote. JFK’s quote is similar in the idea of Gandhi’s. We can’t expect the President and governmental officials to provide us with everything we want and need. We have to fight for what we want and need, and what we as a united people can do for those that will be most affected by Trump’s presidency.
As a Christian, I think today’s homily is exactly what we all needed to hear. Even if you’re not a Christian, I think some of the ideas expressed in this homily can be applicable and relatable to you. We have to act in a Christianly manner; treat everyone with respect and love everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexuality, political beliefs, etc. We have to give Trump a chance, see if he can change into a respectful president that does what is right; even if we don’t align as Republicans and are offended by what he said in debates and speeches. We have to fight and stand up for those who are unable to do so. Preach love and The Word; take action for what you believe in. Follow the advice in Gandhi and JFK’s quotes. Remain strong and united as a country. If we can all do that, regardless of how politics and government run the country, despite our differences, then we can all enjoy a happy and healthy adventure. ❤