An Automated Response
Late last week, I did something I basically never do. I wrote a political blog post. I expected that it would be read by the folks who normally read what I blog about. Maybe 200 people.
It didn't go that way. Given the way things are going, I think that the post will be up to a million hits within a day or so. I am a little freaked out. As I said to a friend today, this is not my real life. And I don't mean that in a good way.
I've received a TON of e-mails about this topic. At first, I tried to respond to all of them personally. That worked for the first day. But now it won't work at all. I'm getting these e-mails, without exaggeration, every few minutes. They are about half-and-half supportive and not-supportive.
So, I set up an automated response. I might read these e-mails at some point, but I sure can't respond to them. Here is what I wrote:
Thank you for your e-mail. If you are writing to me in response to my blog post about not voting for Donald Trump, you are in good company. I’ve received a very large number of e-mails regarding that post.
When I wrote the post, I meant it for friends in my social network. It was not intended for my church (which I did not send it to) or anyone else. I am very surprised by how widely it has been shared. This says to me that the public has been looking for a measured, Christian response to the Trump phenomenon. I hope that is what I’ve written.
I was just telling my wife yesterday that I’d much rather people were sharing something I’ve written about the beauty of Christ and his amazing love. She reminded me that this post encourages Christian discipleship in the context of a very serious issue. I was grateful for that encouragement, and I hope it’s true.
Back to your e-mail. At first, I tried to respond to everyone’s e-mails individually. However, that has become impossible. So, this is an automated, general response.
If you are writing to encourage and thank me for what I said, you are welcome. Thank you for taking the time. I wish I could respond to you personally.
If you are writing to challenge something I’ve said, thanks for that, too. I might get a chance to read what you've said, though I might not for quite some time. Just being honest.
Interestingly enough, almost none of the e-mails I’ve received from Trump supporters have tried to refute what I wrote. They’ve been attacking my character; and/or they’ve been accusing me of being pro-choice, pro-illegal immigration, pro-Hillary, pro-terrorist, pro-socialist, pro-whatever. “Hypocrite” seems to be the favorite epithet, though I’ve had a lot nastier ones than that. Some things I’ve received have been down-right vile. This has not done much to persuade me that Mr. Trump is not a demagogue. Fear and anger seems to be the main message I’m receiving from his supporters.
In any case, I’m not advocating for any candidate or party. I just want a return to some civility and humanity in our public discourse, and I don’t want someone of Trump’s character representing my country or my Faith.
As Jesus said: “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Mr. Trump, like all of us, is known by what comes out of his mouth. (Luke 6:43-45)
May God bless our country with the right leader going forward.