Each morning it is with a sense of trepidation I venture onto my Twitter account to catch up on what is happening in the world. It is with a sense of dread I pluck up the courage to see what The Real Donald Trump has had to say overnight. And he never disappoints. Every day more bile, more lies more….As an onlooker over the other side of the Atlantic I have a sense of guilt that I pour scorn on a man who is not my President. Who am I to offer any comment on the politics of a country that is not mine? And yet what he says and does affects many of my friends, friends I have made via this wonderful online community that is RevGalBlogPals. And what he says and does affects the wider world too. From climate change and out and out racism to international relations Donald seems hell bent on a path of destruction. And so I guess I could assuage my conscience by justifying my Trump stalking on Twitter.

But we this side of the Atlantic have our own worries. The Brexit debate and process has awoken the worst in us too. The Government would appear to be making little progress in the Brexit divorce settlement causing all kind of uncertainties that are affecting the economy. The roll out of Universal Credit is causing horrendous problems for many people and we have seen a 10% increase in people having to rely on foodbanks. In my part of the country we are still suffering the consequences of the downturn in the oil industry.

What a picture of hope, peace and justice eh? At the end of worship last week one of our organists played ‘What the world needs now is love, sweet love.’ And this is so true. We need more love – love for our neighbour, love for ourselves and love for Jesus. What the world needs now is a reminder of what love had to say when he sent Jesus to us – the message of hope, peace and justice and love for all.

So apologies if I keep stalking Trump and making the odd derogatory remark and poking my nose in your business. Please feel free to contribute to our debates too. We need to keep our eyes open to what is happening in the world because it is us dear RevGals that have the task of preaching the good news in the midst of so much bleakness. More power to our pens and voices. Silence is not and cannot be an option.

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Rev Shuna Dicks is a Church of Scotland minister in the North East of Scotland, where she ministers to a rural congregation in the heart of the Speyside Malt Whisky area.

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2 thoughts on “The Pastoral is Poltical: My daily WTF

  1. Shuna, some of us on this side of the pond say “not my President,” too! I don’t have to follow his Twitter posts, because the media breathlessly reports them every morning. Sometimes I just have to turn off the news.

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