Pity the Nation…

Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.
Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave
and eats a bread it does not harvest.

Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero,
and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful.

Pity a nation that despises a passion in its dream,
yet submits in its awakening.

Pity the nation that raises not its voice
save when it walks in a funeral,
boasts not except among its ruins,
and will rebel not save when its neck is laid
between the sword and the block.

Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox,
whose philosopher is a juggler,
and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking.

Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting,
and farewells him with hooting,
only to welcome another with trumpeting again.

Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years
and whose strongmen are yet in the cradle.

Pity the nation divided into fragments,
each fragment deeming itself a nation.

— Kahlil Gibran

An Open Letter to Donald Trump, President Elect


The American people have spoken and chosen you as their next President.  Congratulations are in order, to you and to your campaign which managed, it has to be admitted, to do something no one really ever expected and usher you into the highest office in the land.  So, congratulations.

Please be assured that you and your administration will have my prayers for wisdom, guidance, and the fortitude to practice the kind of governance which pleases the Almighty.  And you will also have my prayers for correction and discipline if and when your decisions are in opposition to the principles of Christianity.

It would be less than honest of me to pretend that you are my personal choice.  I find your language offensive, your misogyny repugnant, your views of immigrants and migrants reprehensible, and your personal ethics (or lack thereof) disheartening.  So I will also be praying that you have, at some point quite soon, a literal ‘Come to Jesus’ moment where you actually come to Jesus.  For no Christian can say the things you say and act the way you act and not be scalded to their soul.

If you need some assistance in the matter of your own spiritual awakening and rebirth, call me up.  I’m easy to find.

Yours sincerely,

Jim West