“On a personal note, a lot of ya’ll hurt me. You really did. I didn’t expect the backlash to be so fierce,” he said.
“Change can only happen when we sit at the table. If we sit at the table, then we can have a say as to what’s to be eaten on the menu,” said Harvey in defense of his decision.
“I have an obligation to take a seat at the table when invited.”
Still, critics like CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill retorted, “When you’re at the table, you should have experts at the table,” calling Harvey a “mediocre negro” who is being “dragged in front of TV as a photo-op.”
In spite of the brutal attacks and public shaming, Harvey is standing firm in his decision to unify rather than divide:
“If I’m going to keep getting stabbed at, then at least while you’re stabbing me, you should understand my intent for taking the meeting in the first place,” he said on Monday.
“When I walked away, [I was] feeling like there might be a real chance for some positive to come out of what so many people think is all gloom and doom.”
Regardless of your political stance, there’s some potent truth in Harvey’s words that we can all gather perspective from. Whether you voted for Trump, Hillary or Harambe the gorilla, there’s one fact we all need to accept: Donald Trump will be our President.
And whether you love him, hate him or merely consider him the lesser of two evils in an election taking America to hell in a hand basket, God commands that we submit to him:
“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good.” (Romans 13:1-4)
When many think of Trump, it’s hard to visualize him as “God’s servant” sent for our own good—but as Christians, it is our calling to stand in solidarity with him for our own good and God’s glory.
So we can choose to whine, fuss, name call, and predict doom and gloom—or, we can take a seat at the table.