The announcement that the president elect was Mr. Donald Trump evoked mixed emotions in people around the world. I can not explain why I was so emotional moved by what had happened in America except that partly I had hoped the most powerful nation on the earth would be led by a woman. Secondly I was afraid of Mr. Trump’s rhetoric about buildings walls to keep foreigners especially Muslims out of America
Two days after it had sunk in my head that the Americans had spoken by electing Mr. Trump as their next president I told myself I must get used to this result as it was how democracy works people have the right to choose who their leader is going to be.
Americans elected the man they want to lead their nation, a lot of reasons have been given for Mr. Trump’s victory some of them are loss of jobs a feeling that those in power were not listening to ordinary working Americans and a longing for change. As we watched on television those who were celebrating have hopes and expectations that Mr. Trump will bring about the change they hope for. Changes that are going to enhance their way of life especially making the most needed jobs available.
Presidency is a full time job which demands that the one who holds the office is available to lead the nation 24/7. The American president elect is an owner of 500 companies, business concerns which will still demand his leading. There is no doubt that Mr. Trump is an achiever for saying he set himself to win the election and he did.
My concern is, how is he going to divide his time between his business empire and the world’s powerful nation which is looked up to as far as world affairs is concerned. Those Americans who voted for him will be expecting him to deliver on his promises, the world will be expecting America to sort out problems in Syria and Iraq not forgetting all the other challenges which are currently causing concern as far as world peace is concerned. In my mind either Mr Trump’s business empire will be left to be run by whoever he chooses to do it on his behalf if he is going to give his all to deliver on his promises or he may leave the congress to run the affairs of the nation either way one of these demanding roles will have to give.
My hope is that those who voted for Mr. Trump will not be disillusioned when the change they so desire is not delivered simply because the man they elected to be president has a lot to take care of.
When I started this blog I opened a page where I would reflect on world events. I sometimes get carried away that I just shut myself in and no do the things which are close to my heart like world affairs.
In the past week Japan was wrecked by an earthquake which claimed 41 lives and left thousands homeless and some injured. As the world was figuring ways of helping Japan Ecuador suffered an earthquake which claimed 272 lives leaving many injured and homeless. Unicef is working hard to raise funds to help children who urgently need life-saving aid. If it is not the suffering refugees fleeing war in their countries it is natural disasters like earth quakes.
How does one make sense of the bad news, I guess it is one of those questions which will remain unanswered. You feel helpless not knowing how you can make a difference except praying as a believer like myself. I would like to share the following prayer which was written by a Methodist minister in the United Kingdom that is all I can do.
‘Lord God, thank you that you do not need me to be part of a perfect church- because mine isn’t. Thank you that you do not need me to minister in a perfect world- because we broke the one you made us. Thank you that you do not work through perfect Christians- as I am not one of those. Instead, you call us, the broken and the imperfect, to care for our fractured world and to journey with its hurting people. Show me how to use my wounds to your service, and my brokenness to your glory, and may I do it in your strength, as sometimes that is all that I have left. Amen ‘ – Rev. Ian Smart- Bolton circuit.United Kingdom .
A lot has been said about all that happened in France ten days ago, as I was reading my U.K. Methodist 2015-2016 prayer manual I came accross the following prayer which capture my own thoughts. I hope you will find it encouraging as it did to me.
“Lord God, thank you that you do need me to be part of a perfect church – because mine isn’t. Thank you that you do need me to minister in a perfect world – because we broke the one you made us. Thank you that you do not work through perfect Christians- as I am definitely one of those. Instead, you call us, the broken and the imperfectto care for our fructured world and to journey with itshurting people. Show me how to use my wounds to your service,and my brokenness to your glory, and may I do it in your strength, as sometimes that is allthat I have left”- by Rev. Ian Smart – Bolton circuit.
I have now watched the three films, ‘The Butler, ‘Mandela’s ‘Long walk to Freedom’ and ’12 Years as a Slave’ which left me baffled by the fact that some people got it in their heads that black people were sub humans who could be treated in a sub-human way and it did not matter. As a religious person myself I found it hard to comprehend that the slave owners thought it was alright to rape women because they were slaves and it did not matter.
I just hope that our contemporary generation will learn from those mistakes and avoid repeating them by treating ALL human beings are equal and should be treated with respect what ever colour creed they belong!