Hillary: The Rod of God’s Anger

He doesn’t drink wine, he has a tendency to lie, he has a weakness for women and his hair is sort of a big deal. No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump.

I’m referring to Samson, God’s appointed judge over Israel.

Chosen by God: The Man Who Ate Honey, but Pulled Down Pillars.

That does it. I’m finished. Yes, she (or he) is talking about The Donald. Follow the hyperlinks.

Evangelical Trump support isn’t honest. It isn’t a rational conviction. It’s not even a reasoned step of faith.

It’s a sickness, a twisting of the soul, a darkening of the mind. It’s impervious to news of perversions that normally would be giving Evangelicals a mass case of the vapors.

Read that Chosen by God garbage — yet another nasty bit of “God used flawed men to do His Will” eisegesis — if you doubt my characterization.

Here’s the deal, folks. Yes, God used flawed men to do His Will. Yes, He still uses flawed men (and women) to do His Will. That’s perfectly true. In fact, it is a great comfort to remember that when “things really head south.”

(One of the early Christian Martyrs was Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, who wouldn’t renounce Christ and was martyred at age 86+. After recounting the details of the martyrdom, the author places it in precise chronology, with a cast of three flawed martyr-makers:

Now, the blessed Polycarp suffered martyrdom on the second day of the month Xanthicus just begun, the seventh day before the Kalends of May, on the great Sabbath, at the eighth hour. He was taken by Herod, Philip the Trallian being high priest, Statius Quadratus being proconsul, but Jesus Christ being King for ever, to whom be glory, honour, majesty, and an everlasting throne, from generation to generation. Amen.

Now that is real and costly, not cheap and celebrity-smitten, conviction that God is in control!)

But I digress. Back to that Chosen by God garbage: It is utterly useless in making a decision on who to vote for.

It appears to be an elaboration of this flawed syllogism:

  1. God uses flawed men to do His Will.
  2. Boy, is The Donald ever flawed! Wowsers! What a perv!
  3. Therefore, God is going to use Donald Trump to do His Will.

The perversity of this kind of typology is “the higher the pile of merde, the more conclusive the proof that Trump is God’s man” (“a sickness, a twisting of the soul, a darkening of the mind,” I tell you!).

Unless, that is, you want to tell me that the Angel of the Lord came to you and told you that Donald Trump “shall begin to deliver the United States out of the hand of the Democrats.” I’ll give that claim — ahem! — due weight, though I haven’t personally gotten that message.

Otherwise, I’ll see you and raise you: “Yes. That syllogism is a good reason to vote for Hillary Clinton, isn’t it? She’s so flawed. She’s so corrupt. She must be God’s choice. We might even call her ‘the rod of God’s anger.'”

Checkmate. Now I gotta take a shower. This kind of argument slimes us all.

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“The remarks made in this essay do not represent scholarly research. They are intended as topical stimulations for conversation among intelligent and informed people.” (Gerhart Niemeyer)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.