Sometimes, it is hard for me to know how involved to be in political discussions. On the one hand, as a democracy, we the people must stay alert and involved in how our government is conducting itself. On the other hand, I tend to get so swept up in the discussions and arguments, I let myself start getting angry and frustrated. That’s when I know, I need to back away a little and put things in perspective. Yesterday, I took a little hiatus from getting into deep discussions about President Trump and his many sweeping executive orders.
There are so many news outlets on the internet, that a person can literally find some “authority” spinning the truth to suit what one wants to believe. I went to several sites yesterday, and I have to admit, it is really hard to differentiate between truth, exaggerations, and bold face lies. I watched the inauguration, and some interviews Trump gave, because to me, I can tell better if a person is being honest if I’m watching them and hearing them firsthand.
It was depressing, to say the least. I don’t feel like this man cares about dissenting voices, surrounds himself with people who only agree with him, is given to feelings of grandeur about himself, thin-skinned, and maybe does things without thinking them through first. I got the impression he cares about you only if you support his image of himself as magnificent and a gift from God, and if you don’t, he regards you as an enemy. These traits are dangerous in a person who has the nuclear codes.
Here’s the thing. God has often allowed terrible leaders to rise to power. Hitler was the worst, but it made things so horrific, Israel was given their land back. Other insane, arrogant leaders that God allowed to rise are Nero, Titus, Caligula, Peter the Great…there’s tons. Maybe this period of angst regarding our insane government right now is merely a tool for us Christians to remain sharp, wary.
I’ve said it many times before. These times are ratcheting us up for the end, and what better way to pave the way for persecution of the Christians in America than to piss off the Muslims everywhere else in the world? What better way to weaken our government in our own eyes than to see our own President defy court orders? What better way to sow dissention between the American people than to ignore a full half of their voices, insist that they accept facts and figures clearly not true, as the truth? To me, it makes sense God would allow a leader to rise now who would not strengthen and protect us, but one who would sow instability, distrust, dissention, and fear.
At some point, the antichrist will rise up, and his claim to fame will be that he will be able to unite all of us. Those with insight will see this as dangerous, but most of the world will fall for the lies.
I am not saying Donald Trump is the antichrist. Oh please. He has united no one. But I am saying, practicing separating the wheat from the chaff might be a good idea these days. We need to become sharper about this kind of thing, and ready for when it will become a matter of life and death in our future.