The Christian community’s task (when at its best, which hasn’t been very often in the course of history) is to work toward “the fulfillment of humanity in society.” This implies that one rises above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. It means geographical togetherness. It means that no individual and no nation can live alone. Modern transportation has dwarfed the distance that once separated us. This new closeness, along with the new world of the internet and the satellite make international communication readily available and draws us together into one neighborhood. The Christian faith, when authentic and true to the teachings of Jesus, would have this new neighborhood become a community—one family—one people—a global village. I am convinced, as a Christian, that this is what Jesus meant when he urged his followers to enter into the new kingdom—the new age. It doesn’t mean that the leopard change his spots or the Ethiopian the color of his skin and become something other than a leopard or an Ethiopian. This new age doesn’t mean everyone becomes a “Christian,” for Jesus stresses the fact that he has other sheep not of this fold.” The great gift of democracy (rather than theocracy, despotism, dictatorship, monarchy and totalitarian) is that it recognizes differences and provides equal freedom for each and every person in the pursuit of happiness.
Yesterday, President Trump’s address to the United Nations General Assembly was antithetical to the ideas and the ideals of the UN, founded in 1945. It was also starkly antithetical to the Christian faith and its task to work toward “the fulfillment of humanity in society.” It was antithetical to the basic tenets of our American way of life. When Mr. Trump spoke of “uncontrolled migration” (“suggesting that the best place for refugees is anywhere but in the USA”) he dehumanized refugees (human beings) and violated the words of our forefathers who framed the Constitution he has sworn to uphold and protect that “All Are Created Equal.” Denigrating human beings seems to be his forte.. When he boasted that his main concern was America’s national sovereignty and would be respectful of the sovereignty of all other nations, and then threatened other sovereign nations (if they did not do what he wanted them to do) with annihilation, he not only contradicted his own principle of the sovereignty of each nation, but the very reason the United Nations was formed in the first place. Not once in his speech did the president mention Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election or its usurpation of Ukraine. The president’s bombastic and bellicose speech is being praised by his supporters, but I would dare to suggest that such a stance (demonstrated by Mr. Trump throughout his campaign and into his presidency) is also antithetical to the Christian way.