Discerning things that are hidden in plain sight

Jan 15, 2021 | America, Flashpoints, PRAY

Who and what Donald Trump is has been plain for all to see from the very beginning. No one should have been surprised by the brief video that he released shortly after the invasion, praising the marauders, and doing nothing to dispel the delusion that the election was stolen.

Theatrical tragedies in ancient Greece worked on the principle of having “surprising but predictable” climaxes. What happened on Capitol Hill was in many ways entirely predictable; the tragedy is that it has taken so long for that truth to be seen by those who have idolised and supported a president who has never shied away from inciting violence, not least at his rallies. Rather, he has appeared to revel in it, recalling the days when punches were returned, and protestors carried out on stretchers.

This was just one of many early warning signs. Everyone who has worked with him soon discovered that Trump is a bully. It is characteristic of many such that they can be perfectly charming when they want to be. But people can become so fascinated by them that they only too willingly turn they eyes away from the ugly parts and refuse to see the truth for what it is. In the Lord’s eyes, the one who deliberately alternates between charm and intimidation is practising the sin that Jesus consistently opposed: hypocrisy. The President is still trumpeting his innocence with regard to events on the Capitol. Might it be right to pray the Lord would meet with him as He met with King Nebuchadnezzar?

Photo by Jing Xi Lau on Unsplash

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