#0073 And a man was elbowed in the head and Jesus said, “No more of this!”

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Jesus Arrested

47 While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

49 When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.

51 But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? 53 Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.”

Luke 22:47-53 (NIV)

In today’s link violence breaks out in Chicago at a Trump rally. On the one side of the skirmish were Trump supporters waving their signs and so on and on the other there was an inordinate number of protesters in the crowd. At some point before Trump came out to talk a conflict erupted: harsh words and blows were exchanged. The violence escalated and Trump decided to pull the plug on this rally so—in his words—nobody would get hurt. The interviewer is MSNBC’s Chris Mathews and he is asking Trump if he didn’t anticipate something like this happening in Chicago—an extremely culturally diverse city—where racial tensions have a history or running high. Trump goes on about how our country is so divided and how it’s a shame how they can’t even conduct his rally without it being interrupted with this kind of thing. What is this country coming to; it’s such a shame! This might be a reasonable thing to say if he were conducting a different sort of a rally, say a rally promoting The Special Olympics or Girl Scouts of America…something innocuous like that. But we all know that what he is doing is anything but innocuous and his campaign style is not unlike a man vying for votes by getting the crowds whipped up into an emotional frenzy. In these rallies he’s not so much campaigning as he is inciting In this interview he is saying that his supporters, as Americans, have a constitutional right to assemble and listen to him speak without being interrupted, nay hassled by a pack of outsides coming in and making trouble. By this Trump is dividing the crowd and putting them into two opposing groups: his supporters he is putting into the good group who are the real Americans; in the other group are all those who disagree with him—they are not real Americans. Here is some footage from a few days ago… Trump rally attendee charged with assault. In this link listen to what Trump is saying in the background—he’s approving of what is happening. He’s inciting the crowd to violently deal with any and all hecklers in the crowd. Toward the end of the video the attacker is interviewed and this is what he said: “We don’t know who he is, but we know he’s not acting like an American. Yes he deserved it (getting elbowed in the head by him). The next time, we might have to kill him.”

In today’s scripture we have another altercation; the servants of the High Priests came out under the cover of night to arrest Jesus. It’s the church authorities coming after Jesus because they think Jesus is not acting like a good citizen. The incredible irony here is that many of Trump’s supporters at large also make the claim that they are Christians. WTF! There is evil in the works here and many of us outside the thick of fray can see that it’s happening; but we don’t know specifically what it is or how to respond to it.

To answer Trumps claim that his supporters have the right of assemblage under the law; let me answer by saying the constitution states the right is to peacefully assemble. And that right also applies to those who came to demonstrate. These demonstrators are coming out because Donald Trump has been saying some very evocative things especially about minorities (Hispanics and Muslims) and these, as well as anyone who has their head screwed on straight, doesn’t like it. Trump is implying that his supporters’ rights are greater than the rights of those who’ve come to protest. The protesters’ rights include speaking over (shouting down) Donald Trump and the offensive things he says. When it escalates to blows being exchanged; then it has modulated into violent assemblage and Donald is sitting in the driver’s seat on the development of these escalations.

Donald Trump is vying for the presidency of our country; if he gets in, that will affect the lives of all Americans including those whom Donald and his supporters don’t approve of. If Donald Trump wins the nomination for president on the conservatist side we are going to see more and more protesters at his rallies and that is the American way to roll. Donald’s response to disruption has been, “get ‘em out! Get ‘em out!” Jesus on the other hand takes a different approach…

 49 When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.

51 But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

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TBC: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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