Thought For The Week – 21.1.21

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Mr Trump has ended his presidency on a sour note, his image somewhat tarnished.

He was blocked from Instagram and Facebook, and his Twitter account disabled.

This was in response to his inciting his supporters to travel to Washington DC and retain the presidency for him. Some of them, at any rate, took him at his word.

A mob descended upon the Capitol, seat of the US Congress. They stormed in causing fear and alarm. Staff and elected representatives took cover as the mob moved through the building, threatening to take it over, bearing weapons, carrying incendiary devices.

That violent assault on the nation’s prized citadel of liberty was disgraceful, a disaster entirely of Mr Trump’s own making. For weeks he told supporters the electoral system was corrupt and the voting figures could not be relied upon. Mr Trump believed, or wanted to believe, that he was the real winner of the presidential election that has now put Joe Biden into office.

But a new chapter has begun and we should wish Mr Biden well. Let us hope that President Biden will build harmonious relationships around the world.

Mr Trump maybe felt rejected and bitter after November’s results, but he has been terribly unwise.

As the Bible says, fools vent their anger; the wise quietly hold back. It is foolish, indeed, to pick a fight without reason. The advice of Paul to Titus is strangely apt, reminding believers they should avoid quarrelling, be gentle and show true humility to everyone.

Reverend Malcolm Kinnear, Kinlochleven and Nether Lochaber