COMPROMISED CONVICTIONS?

July 18, 2017

 

I recently received an unusual phone call from someone who identified themselves as a representative of several major newspapers.  Jacob (it may have been an alias) said he would like to meet with me to discuss the possibility of expanding my writing opportunities.  Naturally, I was interested, so I agreed to a meeting in a local restaurant.  The gentleman was quick to come to the point which I appreciated.  It seems the major liberal media is mired in frustration over their inability to totally discredit President Trump; in spite of all their efforts there remains a huge block of Americans who have not accepted their propaganda.  Their research indicates a large number of those are Evangelical Christians who have yet to be swayed.

The objective was to find a columnist with scriptural knowledge who could write disparaging articles about Mr. Trump with a Biblical spin.  The belief is that may influence a significant number of Christians to abandon their support for the president.  Of course, my first question was…why me?  Jacob rather sheepishly confessed they searched the ranks of liberals but came up empty when looking for anyone who knew enough Bible to “wad a shotgun.”  (My illustration, not his ---he probably doesn’t believe in guns!)  When I mentioned that I voted for Trump, Jacob acknowledged they assumed that, but they also knew that during the primaries I promoted Ted Cruz.  Because I never really was a “Trumpster,” the hope was I would see my way clear to help unseat the “usurper.”  Ethics are whatever a person wants them to be in the world of shadow politics.  Before I could respond with yes, no, or any other questions a significant amount of money was mentioned that would be paid for each column in untraceable $100 bills.  Jacob assured me each article would be printed under an assumed name with no ability to attribute them to me.  I must confess that was a huge carnal appeal because fifty-one years of the ministry has never presented an opportunity to accumulate substantial wealth.  Retirement seems to be only a distant dream.  I told the mystery man that I needed a few days to think about it, and I asked for his card.  He scribbled a contact number on a napkin and was gone, leaving me with the bill.  He really is a good liberal.

On the way home my mind was racing to rehearse the adjectives the press has used to describe Mr. Trump:  unstable, unhinged, emotional wreck, paranoid, dictator, unqualified, egotistical and just plain crazy are a few.  I began to mentally forge my way through the Scriptures, isolating men who would fit those descriptions.  The first to leap off the page was:  “And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled:  and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?  And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him”  (Exodus 14:5,6).  Pharaoh, tweeting his anger and regret, led his army to death and disaster.  His unhinged behavior represents some possibilities to work with except Donald Trump has not demonstrated the vitriol toward Israel that Barack Obama did.  This problem is compounded by the need for a Moses to complete the story…the Democrats don’t have one.

King Saul was haunted by visions of David stealing his kingdom from him which resulted in years of paranoia.  The difficulty of application here is that most conservatives would view Mr. Trump as the giant killer rather than comparing him to the weasel.  Saul fits the profile of a loon, but the circumstances will not work well for a comparative picture.

 

Nebuchadnezzar the Babylonian king may be the perfect example of dictatorial insanity.  He ordered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to be cast into a “burning fiery furnace” because of their refusal to worship his “golden image” which was presumably a statue of himself.  Talk about narcissistic egotism --- this is perfect.  Ol’ Nebby finally goes completely off his rocker and ends up in the weeds:  “and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws” (Daniel 4:33).  It may be possible to spin this as a projection of Mr. Trump’s path to the looney bin.  As delicious as this story is, it contains a hiccup:  Nebuchadnezzar’s insanity was God-induced and finally resolved by the same.  With a restored mind: “Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment:  and those that walk in pride he is able to abase” (Daniel 4:37).  The conclusion of the king could serve as an indictment against liberal pride ---the whole thing is a bit tricky.

Continuing a survey of possibilities only produced more roadblocks.  It’s difficult to present someone who is opposed to liberalism as a crazy nut job.  For the sake of transparency and full disclosure, I made this entire story up.  With the exception of Biblical references, not getting rich in the ministry, and supporting Ted Cruz, the remainder is fictitious.  But really, what difference does it make (to quote Hillary); I’m a member of the media, and we have been given license to trump truth with agenda!

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