President Trump has been under the microscope again for comments he made about Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s tragic death while in action that occurred on October 4th, 2017. The President contacted the widow of Sergeant Johnson, Myeshia, to extend his condolences to her and her family. During the five minute conversation, President Trump inappropriately eluded to the cold hard facts, instead of disseminating sympathy.
“… the soldier “knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway.”
While it’s true that the late Sergeant knew what he signed up for when he enlisted in the Army, it doesn’t negate the reality of the extreme pain that a military spouse endures after receiving the horrific news. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like President Trump took that in to consideration before he contacted Mrs. Johnson. Myeshia is currently pregnant with the late Sergeant Johnson’s third child and was overcome with emotion as her husband’s casket was being transported to the funeral home. After viewing this footage, its hard to speculate why President Trump was so apathetic towards Mrs. Johnson.
John Kelly, Trump’s chief of staff even defended the President’s phone call.
“He elected to make those calls in the case of four young men who were lost in Niger …Then he said, “How do you make these calls?If you’re not in the family, if you’ve never worn a uniform, you’ve been in combat, you can’t even imagine how to make that call. But he very bravely does make those calls.”
I personally will never know what its like to be President but I can guarantee that if I was, I certainly would take a deeper look at the circumstances before making one of the hardest calls of my presidential career. David, one of God’s beloved, said “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.” Psalm 145:8 NKJV.
As believers, we were designed with the heart of the Father. And with that designation, we are called to react to sorrowful situations with hearts full of compassion and grace. That’s what makes us stand out. The world is so fast paced that we don’t really take into account the merciful tendencies that were engraved in us since birth. President Trump’s reaction was the unfortunate antithesis of this and as a result, has sparked a massacre of emotional outcries amongst the general public.
Jesus himself said during His sermon on the mountain in Matthew chapter 5 that those who are in mourning are blessed because the Father will comfort them. “Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 NKJV. Shouldn’t we, as God’s greatest creation, extend the same kind of compassion as He states in verse 4? If we all recognize that the way to teach others is through love and compassion, not scornful scolding, maybe our President may learn a thing or two.