Now that the Trump era is over, at least as far as his Presidency is concerned, it's worth taking a look back at what happened in the 4+ years that he dominated the political and cultural landscape. I am convinced that Trump himself is nowhere near the most important thing that has happened. Rather, Trump exposed and accelerated trends that were already in motion. The Trump era brought to the surface and revealed many things that had been hidden from view. This has been an apocalyptic moment in American history.

This post serves as a follow up to my sermon, "The Epiphany Star" on Matthew 2:1-12, preached on January 10, 2021. These notes summarize and supplement the sermon.

A few bullet points in light of yesterday's events:

  • As I have preached from the book of James more than once, man's anger can never accomplish God's righteousness. This is true no matter where that anger comes from along the political spectrum. Anger, and the violence that comes from it, are not conservative or productive forces; they are destructive.

Yes, we are technically still in the Advent season for a couple more days, but this is the time of year folks begin to greet one another with "Merry Christmas!" The origin and exact meaning of the phrase "Merry Christmas" is somewhat debatable, largely because the word "merry" has carried different connotations at different times.

This time of year, many Christians say things like, "Remember the reason for the season." The point, of course, is that the real meaning of Christmas must not get lost amidst the presents, the parties, and everything else that typically goes with the Advent/Christmas season. I agree and disagree.