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Trump is God and the Devil

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by baldilocks

This morn­ing I posted two sta­tuses on my Face­book page that received a lot of reac­tion. The one I want to dis­cuss is this one.

There are two types which are the oppos­ing sides of the same coin: “Trump-​worshippers” and “Trump AntiChris­ters[i].” The first group is much more vocal than the last one (coined by me), but they have the same MO. One group says that you will go to Hell if you didn’t vote for Don­ald Trump; the other says that you will go to Hell if you did. And both groups can take scrip­ture and twist it into some­thing unrec­og­niz­able to prove their respec­tive conclusions.

Prophets[ii], all – accord­ing to them – and for such peo­ple, there is no mid­dle ground.

Both types are rooted in denial of the sov­er­eignty of God, to put it mildly. They invert this admonition.

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own under­stand­ing. 6 In all thy ways acknowl­edge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

–Proverbs 3:56

This type of think­ing is the result of an ero­sion of our civic edu­ca­tion and the resul­tant ero­sion of the sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers. Because the exec­u­tive and judi­cial branches have become so pow­er­ful and the leg­isla­tive branch so craven, we accept that power imbal­ance with­out think­ing it over too much or at all.

Thus, we uncon­sciously incul­cate the pres­i­dency with God-​like author­ity — an author­ity which it was never meant to have. Many think that the abdi­ca­tion of leg­isla­tive pow­ers started when Barack Obama became Pres­i­dent, but that’s very wrong.

The ero­sion of bib­li­cal edu­ca­tion has run par­al­lel to that of civics. Trump wor­ship­pers have called Don­ald Trump the New Neb­uchad­nez­zar or the New Cyrus — both bib­li­cal for­eign kings who held ancient Judah in cap­tiv­ity after the dis­so­lu­tion of the United King­dom of Israel and the first sack­ing of Jerusalem and the destruc­tion of Solomon’s Temple.

Is Trump for­eign? Is he a monarch? Has Amer­ica been razed and all Amer­i­cans been car­ried off into a for­eign land? Has Wash­ing­ton, DC been sacked? Does Amer­ica have a sin­gu­lar Temple/​Church build­ing? You get the point.

As for Trump AntiChris­ters, they say, because of his polit­i­cal flip-​floppery and his moral flaws, that any­one who votes for him is damned by God — not just the wor­ship­pers. Anyone.

I recall one cri­te­ria for human beings to be eter­nally saved and two com­mand­ments from my Lord and Sav­ior; none of them have any­thing to do with vot­ing. And I don’t even believe that Chris­tians who voted for Clin­ton will be damned. Cor­rected by lis­ten­ing to God, but not damned.

Do these peo­ple not recall what the Accuser of the Brethren is up to at this very minute?

So, it is that many are dri­ven emo­tion­ally — dri­ven by fear of things other than God – when pres­i­den­tial elec­tions come around. They view their can­di­date as the sav­ior from the last ruler, the like-​minded as fel­low believ­ers, the oppos­ing candidate(s) as the Devil, and skeptics/​political oppo­nents as unbelievers/​heretics. Cor­re­spond­ing reac­tions follow.

It’s always about God. When He’s miss­ing in the soul of any­one, that per­son will allow some­thing or some­one else to fill the void and they will call it “God.” And that goes also for many who say they are Christians.

RELATED: Trust the Lord with most your heart, and lean on your own under­stand­ing. (For the satire-​challenged, this lady is mak­ing one side of my same point – though our actions dur­ing the elec­tion were prob­a­bly dif­fer­ent. Our point: don’t act on fear of any­one other than God.)

[i] Trump “AntiChris­ters”: those who believe that any­one who voted for Don­ald Trump is a Trump wor­ship­per, i.e. that they put Trump over God’s Word.

[ii] Moses was the only prophet who beat God’s peo­ple over the head — lit­er­ally — with the Word of God. As a result, he broke it and some heads along with it.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

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by baldilocks

This morning I posted two statuses on my Facebook page that received a lot of reaction. The one I want to discuss is this one.

There are two types which are the opposing sides of the same coin: “Trump-worshippers” and “Trump AntiChristers[i].” The first group is much more vocal than the last one (coined by me), but they have the same MO. One group says that you will go to Hell if you didn’t vote for Donald Trump; the other says that you will go to Hell if you did. And both groups can take scripture and twist it into something unrecognizable to prove their respective conclusions.

Prophets[ii], all–according to them–and for such people, there is no middle ground.

Both types are rooted in denial of the sovereignty of God, to put it mildly. They invert this admonition.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

–Proverbs 3:5-6

This type of thinking is the result of an erosion of our civic education and the resultant erosion of the separation of powers. Because the executive and judicial branches have become so powerful and the legislative branch so craven, we accept that power imbalance without thinking it over too much or at all.

Thus, we unconsciously inculcate the presidency with God-like authority—an authority which it was never meant to have. Many think that the abdication of legislative powers started when Barack Obama became President, but that’s very wrong.

The erosion of biblical education has run parallel to that of civics. Trump worshippers have called Donald Trump the New Nebuchadnezzar or the New Cyrus—both biblical foreign kings who held ancient Judah in captivity after the dissolution of the United Kingdom of Israel and the first sacking of Jerusalem and the destruction of Solomon’s Temple.

Is Trump foreign? Is he a monarch? Has America been razed and all Americans been carried off into a foreign land? Has Washington, DC been sacked? Does America have a singular Temple/Church building? You get the point.

As for Trump AntiChristers, they say, because of his political flip-floppery and his moral flaws, that anyone who votes for him is damned by God—not just the worshippers. Anyone.

I recall one criteria for human beings to be eternally saved and two commandments from my Lord and Savior; none of them have anything to do with voting. And I don’t even believe that Christians who voted for Clinton will be damned. Corrected by listening to God, but not damned.

Do these people not recall what the Accuser of the Brethren is up to at this very minute?

So, it is that many are driven emotionally—driven by fear of things other than God–when presidential elections come around. They view their candidate as the savior from the last ruler, the like-minded as fellow believers, the opposing candidate(s) as the Devil, and skeptics/political opponents as unbelievers/heretics. Corresponding reactions follow.

It’s always about God. When He’s missing in the soul of anyone, that person will allow something or someone else to fill the void and they will call it “God.” And that goes also for many who say they are Christians.

RELATED: Trust the Lord with most your heart, and lean on your own understanding(For the satire-challenged, this lady is making one side of my same point–though our actions during the election were probably different. Our point: don’t act on fear of anyone other than God.)

[i] Trump “AntiChristers”: those who believe that anyone who voted for Donald Trump is a Trump worshipper, i.e. that they put Trump over God’s Word.

[ii] Moses was the only prophet who beat God’s people over the head—literally—with the Word of God. As a result, he broke it and some heads along with it.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!

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