‘Blessed Are The Peacemakers’: You’re Doing It Wrong

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.

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Yesterday, Mashable decided to post a video of all the times Donald Trump has advocated violence. I submitted a comment saying that it would be funny to post a video of past presidents (all of the ones we have videos for) saying funny things. Sort of a nonpartisan thing.

I got 297 likes on the one hand. On the other, I got plenty of invective and was called several interesting names. I finally just deleted the comment, as it was apparent that I was wasting my time.

It’s become apparent that posting politically neutral comments in this culture is clearly not allowed. Apparently there are only two choices for candidates allowed, and neither of them are Republican.

Look, I get it, you don’t like it when Trump says mean things. He speaks off-the-cuff and doesn’t stop speaking when protestors invade his rallies. (Trump rallies are private events; an announcement goes out before each rally saying that protesting inside the building is not allowed. Peaceful protesting outside the building is, of course, protected speech.)

And then this happened.

And this.

And this.

Supporters were threatened with bodily harm.

This is not a response to Trump’s comments. It is a overwhelming attack coordinated by MoveOn.org. The goal was not to peacefully protest, it was to stop Trump from speaking and his supporters from getting to hear him. And the blame has been solely and unfairly placed on Trump, in a ‘blame-the-victim’ mentality.

Sorry, you don’t get to say that this is all Trump’s fault when he gets hundreds of death threats every day via social media and one man has already tried to jump the barricades with obviously ill intentions.

Trump is being bold and fearless, and when it has become clear that he will not be intimidated, violent protestors are going after his nonviolent supporters.

The handful of incidents of supporters vs. protestor violence isn’t acceptable, but CNN was only able to come up with five incidents in a recent news report.*

So, if 5 million people have attended his rallies, that is a ratio of 1,000,000:1.

That’s not even enough for a margin of error.

It’s kind of like this:

Person A says to person B, “You’re a poopy-head.”

Person B organizes a mob. They break down the door to Person A’s house, shoot him, his wife, and children, then burn the house down and proceed to torch the entire neighborhood. Police and first responders are violently attacked when they arrive on the scene.

The next day the news reports, ‘MINOR PROTEST AFTER PERSON A USES VIOLENT LANGUAGE’.

This is exaggeration, but only slightly.

It’s the blame-the-victim mentality: if a woman gets raped, it was her fault because she wore ‘provocative’ clothing.

You can try to justify this all you want, but it’s very clear that all-out war has been launched on Trump’s supporters.

The other day I had a Christian friend post to Facebook, saying ‘blessed are the peacemakers’, quoting scripture to say that Bernie Sanders is a peacemaker and Trump is not.

But Sanders has not publicly disavowed MoveOn.org yet, even though they have claimed responsibility for proudly disrupting the Trump rally in Chicago.

Bernie has gone on record saying that Trump should control his supporters, but he then says that is not responsible for controlling his:

I found that rather amusing.

Bernie Sanders is not a peacemaker. MoveOn.org is not a group of peacemakers.

What does being a peacemaker look like? I don’t disagree if you say that Trump is doing it wrong. Obviously the coordinated media effort to destroy Trump is doing it wrong.

In my mind, being someone who makes peace is someone like this: Christians speaking with a Black Live Matters protestor with love.

How should Christians make peace? Well, that’s the key, right? Making peace. Peace doesn’t happen on its own. Personally, I push back against media bias. I try to gently nudge folks in the right direction when it seems that they’re being manipulated by the media.

I want people to use their minds and the free will God gave them. The television, newspapers, and the Internet are all telling us what to think. I want people to think for themselves.

I won’t admit to perfection here. I find /r/The_Donald the most fun subreddit I’ve ever participated in. Occasionally on Twitter and Facebook, I’ll snipe at so-called news organizations who are repeating the party line, and individuals who are just repeating the same mantra over and over again: Trump is racist, fascist, bigoted, violent, Nazi, xenophobic, Hitler. (Side note: Scott Adams made a list of reasons why Trump is not like Hitler. I found it rather amusing.)

I admit that I don’t always play nice. And you know why I don’t play nice? Because an information war is going on. A coordinated effort has been launched to attempt to ensure there is only one message: Trump is bad, and his followers are bad.

But I don’t fight words with violence. I use my words. In preschool and kindergarten, we are taught to use our words instead of hitting. Some of us could stand to go back to those first lessons.

When people say nasty things to me, I try to calmly respond with reason. I don’t always do as good a job as this guy, though:

Would that we had more peacemakers like him.

*Apologies for the Reddit link; I can’t find the CNN video.

Note: Edited to correct the name of the site – it was Mashable, not Upworthy.

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