Friday, March 03, 2023

The Chosen One

God said, ‘I’m going to take the most broken person and I’m going to elevate him to the place of being the mayor of the most powerful city on the globe. “He could have made me the mayor of Topeka, Kansas. He could have made me the mayor of some small town or village somewhere.

One week earlier, at an interfaith breakfast in the town he leads, New York City mayor Eric Adams had

said that he doesn’t believe church and state can be separated since he is an elected official with faith.

"Don’t tell me about no separation of church and state," Mayor Adams said. "State is the body, church is the heart. If you take the heart out of the body, the body dies."

Adams has been open about his Christian faith in the past and last February said that he believed God told him to become the mayor. But his comments on Tuesday seemed to go a bit further.

"I can't separate my belief, because I'm an elected official," Adams said. "When I walk, I walk with God, when I talk, I talk with God."

Adams seemingly even went as far as to blame everything from crime rates to low reading skills on the lack of faith in schools.

"When we took prayers out of schools, guns came into schools," Adams said

Steve Benen notes that mass school shootings occurred even before Supreme Court rulings on prayer and that voluntary prayer was never removed from public schools. Also: that's not Adams, who practices meditation and has collected images of the Buddha being "open about his Christian faith." That's Adams being open about faith in himself, which he may have gained in meditation. But Paul did not write the Philippians (2:3) "Do everything out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others less than yourselves." Rather, it was "do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." 

At the same venue twelve months earlier

He always believed he would one day lead New York City during his time as a state senator and Brooklyn borough president, Adams recalled.

“I never doubted it for one moment,” he said. “God told me, ‘Eric, you’re going to be mayor.’”

And that was ten months after he addressed congregants at the Church of God in the borough of Brooklyn, when he (or is it "He?") cited a Scriptural passage which in part reads "and who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" He claimed "I believe in all my heart that this is an Esther 4:14 moment. God made me for such a time as this." The similarity to our immediate ex-President is (or should be) stunning.

God, Eric Adams maintains, "could have made me the mayor of some small town or village somewhere" but instead "made me for such a time as this."  He should familiarize himself with an actual great ruler, David, son of Jesse, who wrote "Though the Lord is on high, he looks upon the lowly but the proud he knows from afar."

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