Warm Southern Breeze

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Believing The Lie

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, November 24, 2019

Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to hear some right-wing nutjob talk about “god.” Which one that is, I have no idea. They rarely say. It’s just “god.”

But those same ones, who most often align themselves with the GOP (NOTE: GOP does not stand for “Party Of God”) hold themselves out, or so it seems, as not only paragons of virtue, but morally superior to all others.

What’s especially problematic, is that they purport to know what’s good best for you, and for everyone else. In other words, if you live your life according to their precepts, and dictates, everything’ll be hunky dory, and peachy keen. All will be well in La-La Land.

But please… what ever you do, DO NOT attempt to tell them what to do! You know… because they’re right, and you’re not. You’re an evil Liberal Atheist Democrat, and you need “god.” They are the ONLY ones who’re right, or correct. They’re god’s frozen chosen. And besides, you shouldn’t eat babies. Not even veal.

And Trump… Trump is “god’s man.”

According to them, he’s been “chosen by god for such a time as this,” despite the fact that he’s an habitually chronic liar, sexual abuser, serial divorcer, philanderer, tax cheat, and all-around scumbag.

But again… you know, he’s “god’s man.”

To which I say… well, goddamn.

The Evangelical community in large part perceives this to be a struggle between good, and evil, and their god is in the GOP since they’re right, and no one else is correct. They have an exclusive corner on the truth. They’re doing god’s work, and what they do is god’s will.

Again, all is well in La-La Land.

It just so happens that I know a little about their Scripture, their theology, their preachers, and at one time, felt the way they do – though I want to emphasize that in no way do I now feel, think, or believe that way now, and in fact, haven’t for quite some time.

The fact that I’ve “traveled through” their “holy land,” read their preachers’ books, listened to their sermonizing, and did, in fact, once think and believe the way they do, gives me a unique insight into their mindset, and way of thinking. And, I’m here to tell you that they’re not just “a little off,” they’re completely warped in their twisted and perverted little minds. They are so demented, that to them, a fantasy is every bit as real as death. Because of that, because their world is topsy-turvy, because to them the imaginary is real, and the real and true, is false and a lie, they are deceived.

25 November 2019 UPDATE:
This news item today is just as I wrote yesterday, 24November2019 at 13:41.

Rick Perry says Trump is the ‘chosen one’ sent ‘to do great things’

By Aris Folley – 11/25/19 08:09 AM EST
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/471868-rick-perry-says-trump-is-the-chosen-one

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in a portion of an interview released by “Fox & Friends” this past weekend that he believes President Trump is the “chosen one.”

“God’s used imperfect people all through history. King David wasn’t perfect. Saul wasn’t perfect. Solomon wasn’t perfect,” Perry said in the clip.

“And I actually gave the president a little one-pager on those Old Testament kings about a month ago and I shared it with him,” he continued. “I said, ‘Mr. President, I know there are people that say you said you were the chosen one and I said, ‘You were.’ “

“I said, ‘If you’re a believing Christian, you understand God’s plan for the people who rule and judge over us on this planet in our government,’ ” he added.

The president got mixed reactions earlier this year when he referred to himself as “the chosen one” in his escalating trade war with China back in August.

Their belief system relies upon the concept and thought that, even though they may be personally imperfect, because they are “forgiven” all is well. They think that, because they think that they’re on “god’s side” they’ll come out on top in whatever they do… literally, anything they do.

So, because I can “talk they way they do,” because I know their lingua franca, and because I know what, and how they think, I can address those who cannot, and do not understand them. In effect, I can bridge that gap, span that divide between “us, and them,” which they define as themselves, versus everyone else.

To most casual observers, it’s highly perplexing that Evangelical Christians are Trump supporters, because he is the epitome, the literally worst example of that which they espouse, the polar opposite, the 180º diametrically opposed thing to every belief, every virtue, every value, every practice – literally, everything – that they hold dear.

Freedom?
Love?
Care of and for your fellow man?
Honesty?
Fidelity?
Veracity?
Humility?
Generosity?
Compassion?
Honor?
Patience?
Kindness?
Gentleness?
Equality?
Mercy?
Selflessness?
Tenderness?
Altruism?
Holy?

The Current White House Occupant exhibits none of those characteristics. NONE. ZERO. ZILCH. NADA. BUPKIS.

But again, to understand why Evangelicals perceive him to be “anointed” and appointed, one must also understand their narrative.

In the Old Testament of the Scripture, the story is told of a fellow named Saul, who, as the story goes, was Israel’s first king – and, ironically, “God’s man,” who turned out to be a corrupt son-of-a-bitch (sound familiar?). The story occurs in the approximate time frame of the 11th Century BCE, and may be found in the books of 1 and 2 Samuel. Our Jehovah’s Witness friends write this of the man whom many call “King Saul”:

“But Saul is not poor or a small man. He comes from a rich family, and he is a very handsome, tall man. He is about a foot taller than anyone else in Israel! Saul is also a very fast runner, and he is a very strong man. The people are glad that Jehovah has chosen Saul to be king. They all begin to shout: ‘Long live the king!’ …

“Later Saul disobeys again. So Samuel tells him: ‘It is better to obey Jehovah than to make a gift to him of the best sheep. Because you have not obeyed Jehovah, Jehovah will not keep you as king of Israel.’”

The website Biography dot com writes this of “King Saul”:

“Saul was a King and biblical figure born circa 1076 BC in the land of Benjamin in Israel. He became the first King of Israel circa 1046 BC where he united tribes and defeated enemies such as the Ammonites, Philistines, Moabites, and Amalekites. After disobeying God, elder Samuel anointed David as his replacement circa 1019 BC. Jealous of being pushed aside and the accolades bestowed upon David for slaying Goliath, Saul made several failed attempts to take David’s life. Saul died circa 1004 BC.”

For the readers’ edification, Samuel is the prophet, and King Saul had several run-ins with a young man named David. Saul, being the king, also presided over the army. As the story goes, King Saul had “disobeyed god” by not killing all of their enemies the Amalekites, and Samuel “heard from god” that he should secretly anoint David to be king, and that in due time, Saul would somehow be dethroned. But in fact, it was their god who sent a message to Samuel and said, “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” (1 Samuel 15:10, 11)

Sounds either like a religious coup from the prophet of the deep state, or that their god fucked up, eh? I mean, really… their god is supposed to be all-knowing (omniscient), all-powerful (omnipotent) – in other words, all that AND a bag of chips. But instead, it’s written like something a mere mortal would’ve said. I mean, the only reason that the whole “redemption” scheme was cooked up was so that their god could allegedly “fix” all their fuck-ups (who needs a fixer, eh?), of which there were plenty. So what we really have is a god of our own making. And that’s why the christos, aka “the anointed one,” sometimes also called “the Christ,” whom was known by the name of Jesus, was – as their narrative says – necessary, to prove that one could be holy. I say that one doesn’t need a god to be holy. What we need is forgiveness from one another – god be damned – and indeed, that’s what their “holy” book says – forgive one another FIRST. But today, most would say that if you don’t believe in what they do, and they way they do, that you’re wrong. To which I politely say “bullshit!”

Anyway…

At that time, the nation of Israel was at war with the Philistines, who had among the numbers of their army a giant of a man named Goliath. One day, David brought food to his brothers who were fighting in the Israeli army, and happened to witness the stand-off between Goliath, and the army of Israel. Goliath was trash-talking the Israelites, and all the Israeli soldiers were afraid of him, having had some of their best and fiercest warriors killed by him in one-on-one matches.

So, David talks up King Saul to convince him to let him have a go at Goliath. The armorers attempt to dress David up in armor to protect him, but it only weighs him down, and he rejects it all – including the sword – and simply picks up a few smooth rocks from a nearby creek bed for his slingshot, and goes to meet Goliath in his casual “civilian” attire, where he is promptly ridiculed by Goliath for his diminutive size and lack of armor.

The trash talk continues, and David simply says in reply (the story is found in 1 Samuel Chapter 17) which states in part that:

45David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47And everyone assembled here will know that the LORD rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the LORD’s battle, and he will give you to us!”

48As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. 49Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.

50So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. 51Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head.”

At that point, the cowardly Israelites suddenly found their bravery, and routed the Philistine army. When word got around back in Israel about what little David had done, the meme and “song of the day” was… well, again, here’s the narrative from 1 Samuel Chapter 18:

6When the victorious Israelite army was returning home after David had killed the Philistine, women from all the towns of Israel came out to meet King Saul. They sang and danced for joy with tambourines and cymbals.a 7This was their song:

““Saul has killed his thousands,
and David his ten thousands!”

8This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!” 9So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.

10The very next day a tormenting spiritb from God overwhelmed Saul, and he began to rave in his house like a madman. David was playing the harp, as he did each day. But Saul had a spear in his hand, 11and he suddenly hurled it at David, intending to pin him to the wall. But David escaped him twice.

12Saul was then afraid of David, for the LORD was with David and had turned away from Saul. 13Finally, Saul sent him away and appointed him commander over 1,000 men, and David faithfully led his troops into battle.

14David continued to succeed in everything he did, for the LORD was with him. 15When Saul recognized this, he became even more afraid of him. 16But all Israel and Judah loved David because he was so successful at leading his troops into battle.”

Well, next thing you know, Saul made David a commander in the army, and marries Saul’s daughter Merab after Saul offered her hand in marriage to him. Eventually, things get worse for Saul, and he just disintegrates as a human being, starts chasing after David (actually, having his men do it) to kill him, and eventually has a full-blown mental break-down, and hides in a cave. Oh… by the way, for years (ever since he met him), David had been really close friends with Saul’s son Jonathan, so much so that the book of Samuel describes their relationship as being intimate, and some say, even romantic. However, the book never explicitly states that, and instead, only says in 1 Samuel 18:1 that

1After David had finished talking with Saul, he met Jonathan, the king’s son. There was an immediate bond between them, for Jonathan loved David. 2From that day on Saul kept David with him and wouldn’t let him return home. 3And Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, because he loved him as he loved himself. 4Jonathan sealed the pact by taking off his robe and giving it to David, together with his tunic, sword, bow, and belt.”

While the accounts never imply romantic, or sexual interaction between David and Jonathan (after all, it was forbidden by their religion, much as it is today), it’s kinda’ hard to deny what David said of his relationship with Jonathan.

When Jonathan is killed in battle some years later, David mourns him saying

26I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother;
you were very dear to me.

“Your love for me was wonderful,
more wonderful than that of women.”

Other versions say similarly as “How I weep for you, my brother Jonathan! Oh, how much I loved you! And your love for me was deep, deeper than the love of women!”
–and–
“I grieve for you, Jonathan, my brother. You were delightful to me; your love to me was extraordinary, surpassing the love of women.
–and–
“I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; You have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was more wonderful Than the love of women.”
–and–
” I am in distress for thee, my brother Jonathan, Very pleasant wast thou to me; Wonderful was thy love to me, Above the love of women!”
–and–
“I grieve over you, my brother Jonathan! You were very dear to me. Your love was more special to me than the love of women.
–and–
“I am heartbroken over you, my brother Jonathan. You were my great delight. Your love was more wonderful to me than the love of women.”

That narrative is found in 2 Samuel chapter 1.

“More wonderful than the love of women.” Kinda’ hard to just simply pretend it doesn’t exist, especially when he said it himself.

But back to our central point…

As the story goes, Saul, his sons Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malkishua were all killed in a battle with the Philistines, and it was after David learned of Jonathan’s death that he made that telling remark in his grief.

Then, David became king.

So the Evangelical community looks at Trump very much as a typology of Saul, or David – both of whom were very flawed men, deeply flawed, even – but in the end, it all works out. That’s how they see it. In the end, it’ll all be like a bowl of Frosted Lucky Charms… “Magically Delicious!”

So… using their language, here’s what has happened:
They have been allowed to be deceived. Or, as their Bible states, “God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and and they will believe these lies.”

Just like their cult leader.

Trump is NOT “God’s chosen,” instead, he is masquerading as an “angel of light.”

He is the Son of Satan.

He is the enemy of not just the people and our nation, but of Heaven itself.

9This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. 10He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. 11So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. 12Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.

–2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

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