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Donald Trump and the Prophet Samuel: a final warning

May 3rd, 2016 | No Comments

Grail Knight: You must choose, but choose wisely

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A while back Donald Trump was asked what his favorite bible verse was “an eye for an eye” This is the full verse in question:

But if injury ensues, you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

Exodus 21:23-25

For a person who proclaims Christianity this is a rather odd choice, given these words from Jesus Christ the son of God:

You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’  But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on (your) right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.  If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well.  Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles.  Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.

Matthew 5:38-45

I bring up these verses because as Donald Trump gets ever closer to the nomination conservatives I see what is happening as a parallel to a biblical event.

Not those I have just quoted the moment in Exodus where the law was given to Moses, nor the sermon on the mount but from chapter 8 of the book of Samuel.  Starting with verses 1-3

In his old age Samuel appointed his sons judges over Israel.  His first-born was named Joel, his second son, Abijah; they judged at Beer-sheba.  His sons did not follow his example but sought illicit gain and accepted bribes, perverting justice.

This is  parallel to the corrupt GOP that has been ignoring the voters for years angering them and looking for a solution said this in verses 4 and 5.

Therefore all the elders of Israel came in a body to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, “Now that you are old, and your sons do not follow your example, appoint a king over us, as other nations have, to judge us.”

This is compatible with the voters (particularly evangelicals) saying.  Forget pols we want Donald Trump and turning out for him.

Samuel being Samuel went to God  who after noting their rejection of him told Samuel in verse 9

Now grant their request; but at the same time, warn them solemnly and inform them of the rights of the king who will rule them.”

and then did what the Lord told him and said the following to the people of Israel in verses 10-17

Samuel delivered the message of the LORD in full to those who were asking him for a king.  He told them: “The rights of the king who will rule you will be as follows:

He will take your sons and assign them to his chariots and horses, and they will run before his chariot.  He will also appoint from among them his commanders of groups of a thousand and of a hundred soldiers. He will set them to do his plowing and his harvesting, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots.  He will use your daughters as ointment-makers, as cooks, and as bakers.  He will take the best of your fields, vineyards, and olive groves, and give them to his officials.  He will tithe your crops and your vineyards, and give the revenue to his eunuchs and his slaves.  He will take your male and female servants, as well as your best oxen and your asses, and use them to do his work.  He will tithe your flocks and you yourselves will become his slaves.

And while I don’t anticipate a Trump presidency or even a Trump candidacy will mean we will be conscripted to his kitchens, it is very apt thing.  We know who and what Donald Trump is, we have seen his campaign and even before this we have seen him for years and so has the left.  We have seen him equivocate on life, on culture and on position after position.  We have seen him flip flop on people and issues for our entire lives.   As Ace put it:

Out: “Leave it the way it is”

In: States should be allowed to do what you conservatives think they should do, whatever that is.

The thing about Trump is, it doesn’t matter if he gets answers wrong on everything, because I know, fundamentally, he shares my instincts.

Even though his instincts on so many issues are directly contrary to my own, and in fact are the instincts of the PC Democratic Left.

Moreover he has lived a life in the tabloids.  He is an opposition researchers wet dream.

Yet we as a party are getting ready to nominate him over a man more competent, more honest, 20 years younger and who would be the first Latino to head a major party ticket.

Yes Trump has talked about Radical Islam, Yes Trump may actually build that southern wall, but does anyone doubt that Donald Trump as president would nominate a moderate to the Supreme Court?  Does anyone doubt that he will be making deals with Democrats on both spending and social issues?  Does anyone doubt that a Trump presidency will cause a reaction from our foreign allies almost as disastrous as the last seven year has been?

and that’s the BEST CASE SCENARIO.

The worst case scenario?  The election of Hillary Clinton.

This is likely the very last chance for the gop to make an alternative choice.  The choice is before you dear voters and let me remind you of the last line of Samuel’s warning from verse 18:

When this takes place, you will complain against the king whom you have chosen, but on that day the LORD will not answer you.”

The last seven years have been a horrible time but we got the government we choose and deserve, it remains to be seen if we deserve at least four more years of bad government.

The choice is yours.

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