#0074 Thus, by their fruit (lies) you will recognize them
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16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
Matthew 7:16-20 (NIV)
Last night in the second Super Tuesday presidential primaries we once again saw Donald Trump surge to the lead of on the Republican side. Early on in the primary race we saw Trump getting big support from Evangelical Christians. Last fall I posted quite a few articles on this phenomenon and in them we took a look at some possible reasons how this trend among extremely conservative Christians ever came to be. In some of the exit polling it seems that this trend is changing a bit as in some states Evangelicals seem to be moving away from Trump and going over to Ted Cruz. In this article I want to do some follow up on those earlier articles and talk about the background story behind these Evangelicals that might give us a more in-depth understanding of why they behave like this and what their motivations are. In those earlier articles I sited their motivator as being Biblically–based and being tied into a last day prophecy—The Battle of Armageddon. As a quick synopsis: the Battle of Armageddon is talked about in the Bible as being a great spiritual battle that must be fought before Christ can return to the earth in the event known as the Second Coming. This battle is supposedly between good and evil and the supposition on the part of these conservatist Christians is that they and all Good Christians will be included among those on the side of good and those on the side of evil, it is further supposed, are non-Christian people from the Middle East—Muslims. So at this point in Trump’s campaign; what with all of his anti-Muslim rhetoric lately along with his talk of strong-arm policies to be forth-coming when he gets into the Oval Office, it’s kind of a no-brainer why they liked him. They’ve been imagining that He’s just the guy who will be able to stir things up the Middle East enough to trigger an Armageddon-sized skirmish over there. And in the eyes of the Evangelicals, this is a good thing. Maybe they see themselves as supporters of a Judas who they can get to do something rash enough to force God’s hand. They probably believe that Trump might be someone divinely ordained to this role.
I wonder, with all of the stuff that’s been happening recently in the Trump rallies and other places on the campaign trail, if some of them are getting cold feet a little bit. The violence as it’s becoming almost a featured attraction at the rallies and Trump’s braggart demeanor maybe starting to give some of them reason to pause. Maybe they’re beginning to wonder if God is behind a plot that would send a person such as Donald Trump to act as His servant in such a non-Christian like fashion. But these Evangelicals have a knack for making anything and everything fit into their cut-n-paste style Biblical narrative. Case in point is charismatic Christian preacher John Hagee’s yarn about how God sent Hitler as the hunter to drive the Jews back to him as Jesus’s shepherding style didn’t seem to work on the Jews. The difference between Hagee’s Hitler scenario and how Trump’s cowboy prophetic style is that the atrocities that Hitler committed are behind us and the consequences that would come out of a Trump presidency lies in the not-to-distant future. The long and short of it is Trump supporters—be they Evangelicals or no—don’t seem to care about the actual truth. They only care about what they need their reality to look like and then to seek out men of authority who can speak the rhetoric of their delusion. This is life inside the conservatists’ bubble. There is little or no chance to reason with these people, because they have their minds made up. Once their minds are made up on a thing there is no chance of changing them because they go on the defensive and being right is more important than the actual truth.
So until this presidential campaign is over and done with; people are going to continue to be hit in the face and lies are going to flow like milk and honey out of the Promised Land of white supremacy and when the trumpets sound on that fateful day—instead of the walls tumbling down—they will begin to get built.
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TBC: Sunday, March 20, 2016