#WWJDAT (What Would Jesus Do About Trump)?


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Well, it’s come to this. Time to #OccupytheBible again.  Some of you may remember the book #OccupytheBible began as a series of hashtags during the Occupy movement

Now, Occupying of the Bible seems very urgent again.

I have created the new hashtag, #WWJDAT to ask “What Would Jesus Do About Trump?” and hope Christians who are concerned about the hateful rhetoric coming from Donald Trump and his campaign will use it to confront this and offer inspiring alternatives.

I wrote about this idea for the Huffington Post as “Love Trumps Hate“.  What would happen, I asked, if protestors at Trump rallies carried relevant quotations from the Sermon on the Mount on signs at Trump rallies?

Would they still be shouted down as well as pushed and shoved, and even punched? It is more than likely, as the trajectory of violent responses to protests at Trump rallies is clearly escalating. Many have pointed to how candidate Trump’s own rhetoric incites this attendee violence.

Trump has advised supporters to attack protestors at his rallies. “Knock the hell out of them. I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise.”

Yet, Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. “(Matt. 5:9)

Trump has said American wages are “too high“.

Yet, Jesus said, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” (Luke 6:20)

Trump has said, “Torture works.”

Jesus has said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matt. 5:7)

Trump has said, “I’m really rich.”

Jesus has said, “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.” (Luke 6:24)

Remember, as I teach students in the Public Theology class, we need both denunciation and annunciation. Do not forget to announce the good news.  “Love Trumps Hate.”

I hope you will consider using the hashtag #WWJDAT and tweeting out messages of both annunciation and denunciation.

For more reflection on #WWJDAT, go to Eric Stricklin’s blog post. “Jesus Disrupts the Trumped Up Rally in the City.”





About Susan Thistlethwaite

I am President Emerita and Professor Emerita of Chicago Theological Seminary; I write for the public here and in local papers. I am interested in what I call "public theology," or how deeper meaning is made and contested in the public square.
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