An open letter to all.
Regarding the protest of President Trump’s rally in Tulsa that Mary Jo started.
If you think it important enough to call to state that what she did was unchristian but do not have the courage to give your name and not have your phone number blocked, then I have neither the time or inclination to listen to anything you have to say.
Furthermore, just because we are both followers of Christ does not give you the right to correct my or her actions. You don’t know us, and we don’t know you. And as Paul says in Romans 14:5, “Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”
Regarding the specific charge that what Mary Jo did was unchristian, I am thinking you mean to make unchristian and unChristlike synonymous. But are they? Mary Jo, in a public forum, protested the actions of President Trump when he scheduled his first Covid-19 rally for Juneteenth and near the site of the deadliest race massacre in the history of this country which happened in Tulsa in 1921 because his actions showed that he didn’t care about a marginalized segment of our country, those who are black.
What did Jesus do? He spoke up for those of the community who had been marginalized by the religious leadership, the religious moralists of the day, better known as the Pharisees. That’s what Christlike behavior looks like, advocating for those who have been marginalized by those in leadership.
That is exactly what Mary Jo did in starting this protest. She called attention to the actions of a leader of this country who showed, has shown, and most likely will continue to show that he really does not care about those parts of our communities who have been marginalized.
Furthermore, the man whom you support as president is a man who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault, uses crass language on Twitter, and has no problem whatsoever calling names and using derisive language toward those who disagree with him. And this is the man you support as a follower of Jesus.
I am of the opinion that you should be placed in the same group as the Pharisees for you are truly religious moralists and make excuses and justifications of behaviors that God finds abhorrent, all because you agree politically.
You can make the claim of “unchristian” all you want, but that still won’t make you right. Calling attention to the plight of the marginalized has been something God has been concerned about for a long time, even before Christ came on the scene.
You answer to your master, whoever’s that may be; we will answer to God, for He truly is our Master and we serve him, not you.
Not only was this protest act a reaction to disregarding the site where a massacre occurred, but it also had another positive effect on the community: If reserving unused tickets kept potential rally goers out of that arena, this probably saved a hundred or so rally participants from contracting COVID-19.