There was a scene in the TV series "West Wing" in which Martin Sheen's character, President Bartlett, was talking about the difference between the President as a man and the President as an office. He explains that there are decisions that have to made in the Oval Office, and it is helpful in those situations not to think of yourself as "the man" but as "the office". Will Mr Trump ever be able to put the office (the good of the country) above his own interests (the good of himself)?
When I struggle to understand my feelings about the man, Donald Trump, and the respect I have for the office of the President of the United States, I pretty much just drive myself bananas, trying to make sense of it all. How did we wind up here? How can this man that appears to be a narcissistic misogynist be our next president? What happened to family values? What happened to integrity and honesty? Shouldn't our elected officials lead by example? How can Mr Trump think that by continuing to have a say in any of his businesses is not a conflict of interest in regards to running our nation? It just all baffles me.
And when I'm baffled, I turn to God, and ask for understanding and wisdom.
This month, I am reading Emmet Fox's The Sermon On The Mount. The following passage is taken from the section discussing The Beatitudes, specifically 'Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.'
"As it stands, the Beatitude calls for very little comment because the words employed bear the ordinary meaning which we still give them in daily life, and the statement as given is as clear and obvious in its meaning........Kind actions coupled with unkind thoughts are hypocrisy, dictated by fear, or desire for self glory, or some such motive. They are counterfeits and they bless neither the giver nor the recipient. On the other hand, (having) the true thought about fellow-man blesses him spiritually, mentally and materially, and blesses you too. Let us be merciful in our mental judgments of our brother, for, in truth, we are all one, and the more deeply he seems to err, the more urgent is the need for us to help him with the right thought, and so make it easier for him to get free. Yo, because you understand the power of the Spiritual Idea - the Christ Truth, have a responsibility that others have not; see that you do not evade it. When his delinquency comes to your notice, remember the Christ in him is calling out for help to you who are enlightened - so be merciful."
My interpretation of that, in the context of the upcoming inauguration, is to praise and bless the President, and to ask that Divine Intelligence manifest within the office and the government as we move forward. Feel free to utilize this affirmation I learned from Louise Hay. "Out of this situation, only good can come."
And so it is.