An important intervention

timmonsThe sight of an American Church Pastor shutting up one of the two Presidential hopefuls as they launched into an attack on their opponent is something that will go down in history as one of the most significant interventions in the 2016 Presidential campaigns. Rev Faith Green Timmons is Minister of Bethel United Methodist Church, Michigan. A Church with a congregation of 134 people and she made a decision that some may have felt was a rather strange one. She invited Donald Trump to her Church to meet some of her congregation and to find out about the work of the Church. However the candidate assumed that he was free to use the platform, small as it is to launch into a rally style address. He was wrong and rather than politely allowing the Billionaire to have his way and keeping quiet, Rev Timmons stood up and reminded Trump that this was not a time for Politics. “Mr Trump, I invited you here to thank us for what we’ve done in Flint, not give a political speech”. One of the most well known passages in the Bible speaks about how in all of our lives there is time for all sorts of activities. The passage was turned into a song in the 1950’s by Pete Seeger called Turn, Turn, Turn. The passage is from Chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes, and it talks about a time to live and a time to die, a time to rejoice and a time to mourn. It also talks about “a time to be silent and a time to speak”. It is encouraging that Rev Faith Green Timmons was able to educate Mr Trump in the words of this short passage.

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
         a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
     a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
     a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
     a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

I hope she went on to explain the whole passage to him, particularly the elements about love, peace and healing. These are not elements he appears to be familiar with based on his many speeches at the various televised rallies.


About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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