We Make America Great Again by being Stronger Together

ra,unisex_tshirt,x3104,101010_01c5ca27c6,front-c,650,630,900,975-bg,f8f8f8Let’s not forget where we came from.

This rhetoric of making America great again by instilling fear and hatred of the other is not what made America a great nation in the first place.  This kind of rhetoric only serves to undermine the greatness that has been achieved.

Furthermore, this kind of rhetoric does nothing to advance humanity.

And if the past is to instruct us in this matter, what made America a great nation is the contribution of those who came to its shores ever since its founding.

So shame on anyone who adopts and spreads this kind of rhetoric of fear and hatred.  And why do we think that the only way forward is to bring others down, especially those who look different than us?

Why not advance together no matter our differences?

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9 Responses to We Make America Great Again by being Stronger Together

  1. Jon Hughes says:

    From a Christian perspective, in order to “advance humanity” (and specifically to advance humanity “together”, as you suggest) it would help immensely if we believed in a God who loves all of humanity, and will bring all of His children home. And by “children”, I mean the entire human race (cf. Malachi 2:10; Acts 17:28).

    Otherwise, we create eternal divisions because of our “differences”, and are part of the problem. But if God as Creator of the human race is also Father, and if Christ’s atonement is truly universal, then we can work towards these noble ends with joy and confidence.

    • TC Robinson says:

      Jon,
      As a student of history and Scripture, you know that whether one is a universalist, Arminian, or Calvinist, that this is not going to solve the problem of divisions because of “differences.” We must not only have the desire to advance together, but we must act in creative ways to make such a reality.

      • Jon Hughes says:

        The problem with Calvinism is its understanding that God Himself has no desire for all of humanity to “advance together” – vast numbers being predestined to damnation – which results in the ludicrous notion of His followers being more loving and compassionate than He is in seeking the good of all humankind.

  2. TC Robinson says:

    Jon,

    I find your comment rather interesting given that Calvinism is not even the majority view. And neither is God a Calvinist, or is he? Yet we are still wrestling with these issues. Surely, we can’t blame Calvinism unless we can prove God himself is one.

    • Jon Hughes says:

      TC,

      We’d both agree that it’s a very influential view. I don’t believe God is a Calvinist, but any good Calvinist will inform you that He most certainly is. Here’s Robert Reymond to Thomas Talbott:

      “…the God of the Reformed faith, I am bold to declare, Dr, Talbott, is the one living and true God whether you like it or not. So I respectfully say to you: ‘If you do not worship him, he will send you to hell and send you there forever.'” (Perspectives On Election: 5 Views, Holman 2006, Kindle location 6312)

      Talbott is a Christian. He simply disagrees with Reymond’s theology. But you’re right, the problem goes beyond Calvinism. Arminians have the same problem for different reasons. While the Calvinist believes in a God who is not willing to save everyone, the Arminian believes in a God who is not able to save everyone. Neither believe that the human race will advance together. Hence the beauty of universal reconciliation.

      By the way, you’re a hell of a lot nicer than Robert Reymond (pun intended). Thanks for letting me join the discussion without condemning me to the flames.

      Bless you, brother.

      • TC Robinson says:

        Jon,
        Dr. Reymond and all who think like that are besides themselves. As well-intentioned as calvinism is, it’s still a human construct.

        I like the idea of a universal reconciliation, but it is untenable.

  3. Jon Hughes says:

    Hi TC,

    I like the fact that you like the idea of universal reconciliation, but trust that you haven’t too easily dismissed it as untenable. It ties in beautifully with the notion of God as Creator – and Redeemer of all He has created. Perhaps you privilege certain proof-texts over others, but that doesn’t make universal reconciliation any less tenable than whatever understanding you may hold of God reconciling all things to Himself in Christ.

    If the gates of the New Jerusalem remain open and the Spirit and Bride continue to say “Come!”, there is hope. God is love, and love hopes all things. It never gives up.

    Just out of interest, TC, what would be your preferred outcome for those who are opposed to you? Would you have your enemies A) tortured, B) annihilated, or C) reconciled? I know your answer, and it reflects the God you love and in whose image you are created. As a new creation in Christ, you could do no other.

    • TC Robinson says:

      Jon,
      I would very much love for God’s enemies to be reconciled to him, but it’s up to him what he does with his enemies. What you and I think is irrelevant.

      • Jon Hughes says:

        Hi TC,

        That’s a rather pessimistic view. If I thought my thoughts were irrelevant, how could I wrestle with God in the Scriptures? How could the O.T. prophets have wrestled with God in the way they did? Where’s your faith here?

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