It’s rare that I ever just share someone else’s content on this blog. I’m doing it here because Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware captures my feelings about the Kavanaugh nomination so precisely and, in his understated manner of delivery, so powerfully. My tears began just moments into his speech; by the end of it, I was sobbing.
Sometime in the next few days, longtime Arizona Senator John McCain will say the last of his good-byes to his family, friends, and fellow Americans. As that sad moment comes and goes, we’ll be hearing many more praises and critiques of his life and career. I’d just like to mention two significant things about him that might get overlooked in all the news coverage. Ironically, they should be among the parts of his life that get the most mention, because they illuminate qualities that most of us will want in our next president, particularly in contrast with our current one.
Allow me to put my four-year master’s degree in theology and my twelve-plus years of full-time pastoral service to some use.
I trust that I’m not the only one who feels as if forces much larger than us and way beyond our control are pulling our country further into darkness, and, I would say, further into sin. I don’t believe that the U.S. has ever been a “Christian country” – a nation born and expanded by genocide and ethnic cleansing, dependent on slave labor for its prosperity, could never be “Christian” – but it sure feels as if whatever goodness our society still possesses is slipping away.
Yesterday, we marked World Refugee Day, and we did so under surreal circumstances. The uproar over the current administration’s policy of forcibly taking migrant children from the arms of their parents and sending them en masse to shelters far away continued to burn, despite the president’s signing an executive order supposedly stopping the practice. The same day, the administration’s Secretary of State praised the “strength, courage, and resilience” of refugees.
Last Friday, I met up with Dr. Mai Khanh Tran, who’s running for the House of Representatives in California’s 39th Congressional District. Our meetup took place only a few hours after news outlets reported the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School outside of Houston.
Feminist Asian Dad (F.A.D.): That high school is less than 15 miles from my own.
Dr. Tran: I’m so heartbroken by what’s happening.
I still have my very first Bible. I was five years old when it first overwhelmed my small hands – a heavy, black hardcover edition of the King James Version with “Holy Bible” stamped in golden, old English lettering on the front.