I’m as surprised as you that I wrote the title to this blog post. If you’d showed me those words on Election Day, Inauguration Day or two weeks ago I would’ve scoffed. However, I was raised to speak up for what I believe is true. I was also raised to respect the president whether or not I agree with him, and though I don’t always do that well, I don’t despise Trump or think that images of his severed, bloody head are okay.
I’m not writing about Kathy Griffin today (or any other day). Instead, I’d like to address a trend that brought us, and her, to a place where it’s okay to “decapitate” the president in the name of humor.
It’s become impossible to go online without seeing outraged, emotional reactions to Trump’s last tweet, statement or policy. The same is true in political conversations. If the man so much as breathes he’s degraded and laughed at and it seems that far too much energy goes into picking apart what he says and does. Why do we constantly reiterate that we don’t agree with him? What purpose does it serve? Is it to validate ourselves and our opinions? Doesn’t this habit only perpetuate our anger and exhaust us?
Instead, we ought to use that energy to speak less about what we’re against and more about who and what we’re for. Wouldn’t that speak louder than our anger?
Let’s be people that continually challenge what he says by showing love, generosity and forgiveness. Let’s refuse to drag ourselves down by spewing angry words in the same way he does.
Yes, Trump should be held accountable for how he represents this country. I’m not dismissing the need for discourse and action that reflects our dedication to justice and equality. But just as we’re responsible to show the younger generation that we’ll continue to fight for our ideals, we also have to demonstrate when it’s time to step back and question how far we should go, even if it’s in the name of comedy.
I know what it’s like to be resentful – it’s suffocating and attacks our joy. The only person you’re hurting is yourself. Refuse to give someone the power to make you bitter. Do you want to ‘rage against the machine?’ Do the exact opposite of the machine. every. single. time.
A final note: Christian, if you despise Trump, remember that you have been called to a higher standard. Pray for the strength to pray for him, and to love those that are hurt by him well.