Monday, February 01, 2021

Greene's False God


The woman who once suggested that California wildfires were ignited by space lasers now has a more believable notion:

  

That would be "bow to only ONE" and "none of us is worthy."  It may be trivial but if one is to support assassinating FBI agents and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, she at least should be grammatically correct.

For the orthodox Christian, Greene's words are theologically correct. However, she also is vying with the likes of Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan as the staunchest of advocates for Donald J. Trump.

As Chris Cillizza once explained, Trump has repeatedly described himself in terms of excellence and of perfection. He is "not sure I have" asked God for forgiveness and once remarked, and "I just try and make it right. I don't bring God into that picture. I don't."

Trump stated also "I have great relationship with God."  Many believing Christians claim a "personal relationship" with God but the number who claim a "great relationship with God" lies between -1 and 1.  He contended "I like to be good," a statement uncommon among those taking to heart Romans 3:10, in which the apostle Paul wrote "As it is written: 'There is no one righteous, not even one.'"

Moreover, in Trump's favorite biblical book ("Two Corinthians!"), Paul confessed (in 12:9) "I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

Were Marjorie Greene's bias not so pronounced, she'd recognize "I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses" contrasts sharply with Trump's boasts about knowing more than anyone about: campaign finance, "people who get ratings": ISIS; the power of Facebook ("maybe"); courts; lawsuits; the "system"; trade; renewables; taxes; debt; construction; the economy; technology; drones.

And of course, "I am the Chosen One."  Matthew (24:5) quotes Jesus maintaining "For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many." (The same verse, slightly and inconsequentially different, appears in the gospel of Mark 13:6.)  If "many a true word is stated in jest," it is also accurate that much of what one states in jest he believes to be true. Donald Trump may believe he is "the Chosen One," wants his adherents to believe he is, or was joking. Whatever- not good.



Most applicable to Representative Greene, however, is the as the same concept addressed by Luke in his gospel (21:7-8):

“Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”

He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them.

Donald J. Trump came along, proclaimed himself as the Chosen One,  was elected and later defeated- deceitfully in the eyes of many- and has emboldened many of his backers.  They continue to be deceived while he remains a curse upon the nation and the world. Marjorie Taylor Greene- hopefully only figuratively making a pact with the devil- is one among the tens of millions who have chosen to follow him.


 


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