Where to Go From Here: Thoughts on the Second Impeachment

Going forward from here, the question is not what can our leaders do for us, but what we, as people of Faith, must do to heal our country and our world.

Many of us who are Democrats or Liberals are angry and/or despondent at the failure of the Second Impeachment attempt of our ex-president.

Consider that in voting to acquit the ex-president the GOP has refused to join with America as a whole to deal with the problem. He is now their problem, and theirs alone.

It will be telling to see how – or if – they attempt to deal with his blatantly criminal behavior and failure to uphold his oath of office (among other things); and whether the internal strife his failed presidency has engendered within their ranks will rip the party apart, or transform it into an unapologetically racist and even violent movement.

But the Democrats are not blameless in all of this…

The Democratic leadership certainly knew this attempt to bring the ex-president to justice would fail. So, did they undertake the Second Impeachment to really call him to account and heal the country, or was it at least partly intended to inflame and solidify their own base?

We need to hold both political parties to account: one for a failure to bring a would-be tyrant and murderer to justice; the other for not finding a path to dealing with him that encouraged unity but instead sharpened the rancor and discord within the Capitol’s chambers. They have deepened the divide that President Biden says he wishes to heal, and which needs to heal.

The Scriptures teach how we must be a living witness of what it means to be People of God: modeling how to love one’s neighbor, how to speak truth to power, how to tread the narrow path that brings us ever closer to the realization here on Earth of God’s plan for us, and for all of Creation.

Going forward from here the question is not what can our leaders do for us, but what we, as people of Faith, must do to heal our country and our world. Those who claim to lead us cannot and will not bridge what separates them (and us) without our participation and and our voices.

In other words, can we learn to truly Love one another as our Faith teaches us we must? What does justice in the current situation really look like?

– Pastor Allen

Copyright 2022, Allen Vander Meulen III, all rights reserved.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Author: Allen

A would-be historian turned IT Professional who responded to the call to the Ministry, and is now focused on social justice and community service. He is the proud father of a daughter and son, and enjoys life with his wife near Boston. You can follow Pastor Allen on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PastorAllenV/.

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