Among the many — MANY, inappropriate comments — insults, disparaging remarks – made during this year’s presidential campaign is one made by Secretary Clinton in which she describes the majority of Mr. Trump’s backers as a “basket of deplorables.”
Ideas might be deplorable. Plans may be deplorable. Behavior might be deplorable. But, no one is deplorable. Mr. Trump is not deplorable. Ms. Clinton is not deplorable. People are not deplorable.
In the Book of Wisdom [11:22 – 12:2] we hear:
You have mercy on all, because you can do all things; and you overlook people’s sins that they may repent. For you love all things that are and loathe nothing you have made; for what you hated, you would not fashioned. And how could a thing remain unless you willed it; or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you?
But, you spare all things, because they are yours. O Lord and lover of souls for your imperishable spirit is in all things.
God’s spirit is in all things. All things and all people are good. No one is deplorable. God loves all things and loathes no thing and no person.
We might build a wall to keep people out; but, God does not.
We might impose extreme vetting; but, God does not.
God loves Jews, Christians, Jews, Muslims —- and “nothings.” Catholics, Methodists, Lutherans, Baptists, Jehovah Witnesses —- are all seen as good.
God offers equal welcome to straight people, gay people, transgender people, and asexual people. In fact, he would look to come and dine with each and every person regardless of the accidents of life.
The Gospel [Luke 19:1-10] offers the great story of Zacchaeus — a man short in stature and a tax collector by profession. Someone the people saw as a sinner — someone they described as a sinner. And Jesus, told Zacchaeus to come down from the place he had climbed simply to see Jesus — and told him .. I MUST STAY AT YOUR HOUSE.
Maybe — maybe Zacchaeus had acted improperly — we do not know. But, Jesus came to seek him out and to offer salvation —- an offer he makes to each of us.
In writing to the Thessalonians [2 Thes. 1:11-22], St. Paul prays that God may MAKE US WORTHY OF HIS CALLING — and POWERFULLY BRING TO FULFILLMENT every good purpose and every effort of faith —- in other words, there is within us, a purpose, a plan, a power, a good deed that has yet not come forth — And, if there is that good within us, we are good and can never be deplorable or despised.
Let us be clear in distinguishing what someone thinks or does — from WHO that person is and from what good that person can do. No one is without value or purpose. God loathes no one — not me, not you. Let’s grant others the same grace of sight.