Is isolating the incoming president the answer?

At last count (Jan. 1), no Rockette has volunteered to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan 20, after a bit of a kerfuffle over their being forced to perform. They weren’t.

donald-trump-smilingOther than Fabio and Scott Baio, Hollywood’s elite hasn’t precisely fallen over itself to welcome the new president to his new office. I have friends who won’t say his name.

Is this the answer? I don’t know. I certainly am going to D.C., but only the day after and strictly as a form of protest. In Titus, believers are enjoined to avoid people who stir up division. In One Corinthians (smile), believers are told to disassociate themselves from

anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.

This is confusing to the extreme, as Jesus’ example is to sit and dine and be with absolutely everyone.

I know. I know. What Titus says about anything may have absolutely no relevance to you. But if you’re trying — even only sort-of trying, like myself — the new president presents a unique challenge on every single level.

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  1. Looking at Paul’s admonition in a little fuller context, things can get a little dicey:

    When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

    “Purge the evil person from among you.”

    Gracious that Paul can get pesky. How to interpret all that? Especially considering, as you state, the example of Jesus, who even forgave the folks who wanted to toss Him down a hill.

    I think The Trumptini is basking in the reality of the vast majority of Christians in America not giving a rat’s ass whether he’s sexually immoral, greedy, an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler. They just want to make America White again. Worry about Evil is for later.

    1. It’s a sticky wicket, isn’t it? Fortunately, I’m only halfway doing this, so…

      1. I think if we are to purge the evil from among us we have to cast a much wider net than one specifically designed for Trump. He’s a distraction, a front man, a cheap version of evil. He’s a symptom, not the disease.

        The fault, as one famous writer put it, is not in our stars,
        but in ourselves, that we are underlings.

        1. Good point. I’ve been focusing on Trump almost exclusively (save for a side eye to Paul Ryan and a few others, including Democrats).

          1. Keep an eye on Ryan. As Ryan goes, so goes the GOP in Congress. That’s were the real threat to progressivism and Majoritarian Pluralism is vested.

            The Democratic Party is in a state of flounderism…hapless and clumsy desperation to hold onto some manner of political relevance…especially in the media. The neoliberal centrism of Ted Kennedy, the Clintons and Obama has become the Democratic Party’s burning bed. Their only answer thus far is to shovel piles of old dried up horseshit on it.

          2. Ryan practically pissed himself today after getting re-elected as Speaker. He said it’s a dream come true for him. Giving everybody else nightmares.

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