A Southern Pastor: I Am Done

As of this moment, I am done. No more news stories. No more shaking my head. No more arguing. No more worrying and being scared of what all of this means about the direction in which this country is headed. I am done.

The Donald Trump bankruptcy of intelligence and kindness is no longer funny or entertaining. It passed ridiculous and upsetting long ago. Now it is unconstitutional and scary. It is hatred and violence unlike any we have seen since the concentration camps and lynchings which occurred in industrial nations in the mid-twentieth century. It has gone too far.

It is time to take back our American values and beliefs. The only way to do that is to stop giving these violent, fascist, non-American public figures a voice. As of today, I am done.

I call upon the media to stop covering what Donald Trump and anyone else who spews hatred and violence says. No more air time, no more stories, no more videos, no more voice.

I call upon my friends to stop sharing stories, stop arguing with conservatives on Facebook, and stop talking about Donald Trump. The only way we take control of this situation is to stop giving hate a voice. He will no longer have one on my page. I am done.

This is a great and amazing country we live in. We have wealth and opportunity beyond compare. We cannot focus on combating discrimination, hunger, and the true issues of our society if we are so focused on the ridiculous rantings of people who have lost the concept of what it means to be a true American, much less Christian. I am done. Hate cannot spread if no one is listening. Let them talk to empty screens until their voice is driven out. They will not have a voice with me anymore. There are real things for me to work on, like giving, sharing peace, and showing love.

I am done. Join me, and let us take back the pride we used to have in standing up as Americans and as Matthew 25 Christians. Drive Trump and others like him into silence. Enough is enough. I am done.

Matthew 25:35-40

35 I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. 36 I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.’

37 “Then those who are righteous will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you clothes to wear?39 When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’

Melanie Tubbs is a professor, pastor, mother, Mimi, and true Arkansas woman. She lives with nine cats and one dog on a quiet hill in a rural county where she pastors a church and teaches history at the local university. Her slightly addictive personality comes out in shameful Netflix binges and a massive collection of books. Vegetarian cooking, reading mountains of books for her seminary classes, and crocheting for the churches prayer shawl ministry take up most of her free time, and sharing the love of Christ forms the direction of her life. May the Peace of Christ be with You.