They’ll never understand President Donald Trump… Unless… A lesson in Spiritual Warfare
1 Corinthians 2:14 RSV “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.”
Is Donald Trump a saint? Does he have deep spiritual insights? Is he attuned to them? That’s not for me to judge, but I’m entitled to a little discernment from what I’ve observed. He has a deep sense of Beauty and quality in what he conceives, designs, builds and operates. This includes economy of thought and organization to bring projects in on time and under budget – plus a severe attitude for shoddy workmanship, like the meek Jesus who called out a “brood of vipers” when confronted by evil men. A sense of Beauty requires broad interaction between the left and right brain hemispheres. What does that have to do with spirituality? Is it God, the Author of Beauty, who puts Trump on the right track?
We have a hard time thinking like children think. Childlikeness is what moves God's heart and what the great people of God are known for. So for the first part Jesus is telling us, "Have faith like a child". Put your whole mind, heart and thought into what you do. Donald Trump does that 14-18 hours a day. He takes 10 minutes out to Twitter to inform his followers and drive his opponents into apoplexy. A childlike man or woman, when pushed too hard as in the political arena of unthinking and boorish opponents, might at times, react in childish ways.
Donald Trump has accomplished much in his lifetime, with over 500 projects and only 5 failures, lived a fabulously rich life style surrounded by beauty of his own choice and creation – even the women he married. I’ve likened him to King David of Israel, progenitor of Jesus, but one who did some pretty bad things until God straightened him out. After that he wrote the Psalms and fathered the wise King Solomon.
Donald Trump did his share of yielding to aggressive women and his own lusts until God called him to humble himself and leave his lifestyle to take on the wiles, snares and danger of the evil swirling about the halls of government – the “Swamp” and the “Deep State.” He has fended off the slings and arrows of those who believed their power over us was privileged. He did it for a calling that goes back decades as noted in video records of early interviews. His views of politics and view of our Nation’s role in the world have not changed.
When his wife Melania, of Catholic upbringing, but not in union with the Church, offered the opening prayer at a campaign rally; “Our Father who art in heaven…,” the lovers of God and Country went wild. The demons of hell and those under their influence went mad. I would call Donald and Melania Trump a spiritual work in progress – as are all of us. Part of that progress is the hatred expressed by “the world, the flesh and the devil.” He seems to revel in it.
Psychologist Robert Ornstein refers to this childlike capability of robust left-right brain interaction “only found in children, as our education system demands a form of Logic at any cost and drives childlikeness out of them.” This is almost always at the expense of Ethics and Beauty. The world rejects the Ethics of transcendental religion with its faith in an Eternal God that results in a depraved sense of Beauty expressed in the arts and music.
Ornstein clearly defines the Beauty of childlikeness when he quoted Jesus, “Unless you become as a little child, you cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” I might add the simply “logical” person cannot even enjoy the wonders of our own earthly “kingdom,” having perverse views of the idea of human responsibility for this Earth, its people and of Stewardship. Those who put little or no value on the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death are seen as “the Culture of Death.” They want most of us dead – to “save the planet.”
It is these Trump traits led by Beauty the enemy is striving mightily to prevent from putting to work with frivolous investigations and accusations. Rebuilding cities, highways and lives by putting people not only back to work, but to develop their skills and callings to meet modern needs. Since these moves improve the lives of all who would share in them, the enemy is enraged and violently out of control. As Jesus said, “There will be wars and rumors of wars until he returns…” The battle of choices in our moral universe require us to make vital, often fatal decisions. God doesn’t send people to hell –we send ourselves.
Trump also understands human nature enough to put his negotiating skills to work in ways those who hate him fail to understand and probably never will because they lack discernment. They may be smart, experienced, rich and worldly wise, but they lack a key ingredient difficult to explain or maintain – Childlikeness, which accompanies spirituality in many ways.
He confounds his enemies because they cannot discern things spiritually or at least with a full functioning mental capability. The zero-based Logic of the Cartesian allows the Cartesian (leftist, progressive, environmentalist, socialist, jihadi) to make “logical” decisions to foist on the rest of humanity, usually with dire consequences and against human nature.
This chart shows the difference in reasoning process between the left and right as defined by American Philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914). Peirce suffered much but left behind 10,000 pages of theories and philosophical writings. Among them are the foundational concepts for the development of AI – Artificial Intelligence. See chart here... http://www.webcommentary.com/images/articles/toddgv180729.jpg
Maybe its because Christians and Jews are under fire that has made us a bit more discerning and appreciative of humor. Maybe, its because many devout Christians saw something in Donald Trump that had the promise to fill the moral and spiritual vacuum that has become the United States and Western Civilization. Many see him as a type of King David who did some dastardly things, then wrote the Psalms and fathered King Solomon who became the model of great wisdom. As usual, the haters were enraged.
The haters went nuts when pastors laid hands on him and prayed for his protection and wisdom. They went nuts when black pastors surrounded him and rejoiced in a new ray of hope after generations of destruction of the black family and youth. Their heads spun when visionary after visionary proclaimed his role in the restoration of the nation.
The childlike Donald Trump, whose visionary approach to building and operating projects of beauty and quality, has created tens of thousands of jobs and his own great wealth. Sadly, the haters want to prevent him from doing the same for his beloved country. Politicians, academics and the students they’ve brainwashed take to the streets and tear down and destroy rather than build - all with the aiding and abetting of the mainstream media who worshiped leftist Barack Obama but hate Donald Trump.
From the day Michelle Obama told cheering throngs in 2008, “We are going to rewrite our history and change our traditions,” the path has been to the pit of hell as George Soros sponsored radicals tear down statues and mob the streets chanting their inane demands. Radicals of the left clash with the ethereal “Alt-right." Bad enough they included the KKK as the media sympathized with Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Soros paid unpermitted busloads to infiltrate the permitted protesters and create violence no one with a sound mind wanted.
Having rejected common sense and the love of God, anything Donald Trump does or says is to be met with demonic “#Resistance.” Nothing new under the sun as St. Paul noted among the rebellious Corinthians.
They react in the only way they have been taught - with anger, rage and destruction, but never polite discourse leading to happy solutions benefitting all. This too shall pass. Rejoice.
Jerry is a retired engineer with strong experience in environmental innovation which he still applies today with 2 clean water and energy saving technologies. His life avocation in writing and study of philosophical and biblical themes as they apply to the body politic's spiritual warfare. He survived stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006; now in excellent health. A graduate of the University of Illinois (1958, Industrial Engineering), Jerry had post graduate studies at both the University of San Francisco and the University of Santa Clara in California between 1961 and 1963 (Logic, Marketing). As co Founder and seminar presenter he was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Valley Christian University operating under California private-post secondary statutes for mid career student, VCU was the pioneer external degree school for mid career students. Its course structures were picked up by several well known Christian colleges. Hosted local broadcast radio and TV shows, "Religion on the Line" and "The News Firm" (jointly with wife, Joanne), respectively. Jerry has published several books that are available at Amazon. Jerry is available to speak as a visiting lecturer at the high school, college or community organization level. Jerry is married 55 years to Joanne Dean Todd – 3 children, 8 grandchildren.