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Are we unleashing a monster? -Donald Trump

Posted by appolus on April 30, 2016

Are we Unleashing a Monster?-Donald Trump

I would argue that this current political cycle is a perfect example of form triumphing over substance. The rise of Donald Trump is the rise of form over substance. He merely taps into the mood of the people and says what he needs to say to get elected. He is an amalgam of our personality cult culture and business and now politics. This is the end result of a long process that could only truly find its successful conclusion with the rise of media and especially social media.

Now there have been notable people from the previous century that gives us clues as to how we got here. If we look at Hitler we see a man who could never have arisen without the aid of radio and the camera and of course circumstances. The circumstances are obvious. There was social unrest caused by a financial meltdown. This of course was severely aggravated with the rise of socialism and communism throughout the world. Given these fears and others, the people turned to someone who promised to make Germany great again. Someone who would face the problems of the day head on. Now they knew that he held extreme views but their fears for their present situation overcame any misgivings they may have had for him. The basic premise throughout the ruling classes was ” he would at least sort out the Communists,” which of course he did yet they had unleashed a monster.

Along with all those reasons, Hitler could still not have come to power without the aid of media. Radio of course was the social media of the day. People gathered in their living rooms and listened to his captivating speeches. They also went to the movies and saw such productions as ” Triumph of the Will.” A movie about the rise of the Nazi party that combined music and clippings of speeches and rallies. It is purported to be the greatest propaganda movie of all time and truly shows the power of media, form over substance, to move a whole nation. And of course that power has only increased exponentially over the last 80 years.

The first ever televised interview of two politicians debating was in 1960 and was between Nixon and Kennedy. Unbeknownst to Nixon, Kennedy had the heat turned way up in the studio because he knew Nixon had a tendency to sweat. When they both sat down to debate, Kennedy looked cool and collected while Nixon sweated badly. This had a great effect on the viewing audience. No matter what one of these men you liked, it could easily be argued that Kennedy knew the value of form over substance, it was less about what they were saying and more about how they were coming across to the audience.

In the church we are living, for the greater part, with the triumph of form over substance and the evidence of that is the depth or lack thereof of Christianity in our society. While we have had no Hitlers in the church(many mini ones) we have had many charlatans that used the power of the media and the rules of entertainment to water down the message while promoting themselves. Now three of four generations into an entertainment driven church we are left with a shallowness of showmanship that engages the ” audience.” Tozer writes “The church that can’t worship must be entertained. And men who can’t lead a church to worship must provide the entertainment.” I would argue that all across Christendom in the west we are seeing leaders who lead the people by providing entertainment.

Tragically we have seen that as the world goes so goes the church. Of course it should be the exact opposite, yet here we are. You will hear excuses about staying relevant and keeping up with technology and so on. I personally have nothing against technology but when it becomes an integral part of the “show” on a Sunday morning then you know that the plot has been lost. Today we are being driven by the form and not the substance. The cultural winds have simply taken a hold of the church and the church is being driven along by these winds towards what destination? What is the end for such a church? The complete amalgam of the world with the church. This is a tragedy. The church was supposed to be a counter-culture not a sub-culture.

Yet if there is an enemy that seeks to swallow up the church whole by means of swamping it with the world, he has badly miscalculated. We see in the secular world that given enough frustration the electorate eventually rebel against the establishment that has become corrupt. This election cycle is a perfect example with men like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. If the world can react against the corruption of the system then even more so good brothers and sisters in Christ. As always Satan will overplay his hand and brothers and sisters will simply leave corrupted institutions behind. The more our enemy overplays his hand the more he drives saints together and actually helps the Scriptures come to pass. Jesus prophesied in John 17 that we should be one just as He and His Father are one. We shall see this come to pass.

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ……….And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:(Eph 4:4-13)

Brothers and sisters God is raising up apostles and prophets and evangelists and pastors and teachers. Not the children of the system that we see today, but genuine saints whose primary goal is the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry and the edifying of the Body until we all come into the unity of the faith. The unity of the faith is the work of God Himself through His Holy Spirit and the spirit of the world that has invaded the church will only drive the saints towards such a unity that will undoubtedly be forged in the fires of persecution. Pursue the substance of God with all of your heart and soul and mind and do not be distracted by shiny things that make a lot of noise and attract attention. The substance of God will triumph over the form of man.

28 Responses to “Are we unleashing a monster? -Donald Trump”

  1. Remember Schindler?
    Or Henry the 5th?
    Trump also has a good heart.
    And selfless courage.
    These qualities superceded the outward appearances in Biblical stories.
    U find the same qualities among here today.

  2. The exodus from Babylon has already started, my brother. We are an example of this. And while it is sad to see so many who call themselves with the name of the Lord flock after such charlatans, the Lord always has a remnant for Himself. In Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, which Daniel translated, the rock, minuscule in size compared to the statue, crushed that statue to oblivion. The Lord is uniting us, His time is near.

    • appolus said

      CO writes……..”The exodus from Babylon has already started, my brother. We are an example of this. And while it is sad to see so many who call themselves with the name of the Lord flock after such charlatans, the Lord always has a remnant for Himself.”

      Amen…………………bro Frank

  3. Yes. Always a remnant.

  4. On a different note…lol – well written. I really am not sure I would put Trump aside Hitler. Truthfully, compared to the pathetic vitriol and chronic lies that have come from Clinton and Obama, Trump looks like Billy Graham. With that said, I am not a big Trump backer, but I do agree with some of the stands he takes that our current leader wont. Like, getting to the root of the muslim terrorist thing and not financing the brotherhood??

    • appolus said

      I just think for Christians the whole thing is a cesspool, both sides of the political divide are completely corrupted and we need to be able to see the schemes of the enemy and the bigger picture. I certainly would not like people to think I was comparing Mr Trump to Hitler. My comparison was the necessity of media and circumstances to put into power a man who would, under normal circumstances, never be put into power. There is danger for the world in these kinds of circumstances……………..bro Frank

  5. Then you should change your title because it is misleading.
    And, Yes I did read your post.
    Perhaps your title says more of what you wanted to convey?

    • appolus said

      Hi Christ centered, I do believe in the title of the post, I dont think it is misleading at all. This was a secular example or analogy for what has also been happening in the church, and that was the point of the post. My point to you was that we cannot know if the man has a good heart or is selfless, his life story certainly would not suggest that he is a selfless man or a warm-hearted man……………………bro Frank

  6. Becky Johnson said

    Frank, two things you wrote that will be with me:

    #1: “The church was supposed to be a counter-culture not a sub-culture.” Yes!

    And #2: ” Pursue the substance of God with all of your heart and soul and mind and do not be distracted by shiny things that make a lot of noise and attract attention. The substance of God will triumph over the form of man.” Hallelujah! This is becoming a more lonely journey than it once was, but I don’t see how it can be any other way for now.


    • appolus said

      Indeed Becky, I believe the way things are unfolding that the narrow path is becoming narrower almost by the day. Yet, the reality of God forms a solid space underneath our feet and His word is a lamp unto our feet …………………bro Frank

  7. KMH said

    Brother Frank,
    The press gave Obama a free pass when he ran the first time and that is how he was elected. Hardly a mention of Bill Ayers, Rev Wright, sealed college records, heavy handed “activism” and ideology, drug use, senate voting record, etc. He was a blank slate for each voter to project what he or she saw as utopia. After getting elected in this deceptive manner, and then “shellacked” in the first midterms, a still hidden IRS scandal ensued that used government power to make the playing field very uneven. O was then “elected” over Romney with the press clearly in his favor and Candy Crowly, debate moderator, clearly in the tank for O despite the public STILL not knowing what he was doing during the Benghazi terrorist attack. The Tea Party was silenced financially and thus politically powerless by the IRS deception. The average American voter in a state of darkness not knowing what was happening around the world (this continues).
    We are in the last days Brothers and Sisters. The cesspool has been brewing for a while. As I read about horrors happening in other countries and surely coming to America very soon!
    In Jeremiah, Ezekiel and in Timothy there is a reason the people have horrible shepherds – they like it like that! The people want to pretend “Everything is awesome!”
    In the modern day holy spiritless church it is the same thing.
    I think we all agree God is doing something or we would not be on this site. God will “Trump” the political process. In fact, He has – Jesus has said “Tetelestai!” May the Holy Spirit teach each of us personally how to have this believer’s rest as we walk in a sin fallen and very dark world – but in the unity of Christ Jesus and may His light shine brightly and collectively in His true Called Out Ones!!!
    Thank you Brother!

    • appolus said

      KMH writes…………

      “We are in the last days Brothers and Sisters. The cesspool has been brewing for a while. As I read about horrors happening in other countries and surely coming to America very soon!”

      Amen……………..bro Frank

  8. KMH said

    I think your previous post, Brother, says it all:

  9. jlue said

    To answer your question, it is very possible that we are, yet God ultimately puts leaders in place and if He allows this it seems to me that it is because we have turned our backs on the Word of God too long.

  10. Robert Taylor said

    Hello brother Frank…….Due to my schedule i don,t get to make a comment often. I want to make a comment on several of your excellent articles, and will do so as opportunity permits. This article about Donald Trump is of particular interest to me, and i want to give a couple of observations on it. There are two things that has happened recently that defies explanation outside of the supernatural realm. One of them is the rise of that horde of killers called ISIS. They seemingly came out of nowhere, and are spreading across the land like a plague of locust, and the combined effort of the military might of some of the greatest armies in the world can,t seem to stop them. The other thing that has happened at this same time period, is the rise of a man by the name of Trump. The influence of this man is felt even here in the remote areas of Mexico that i work in. Very poor people that otherwise have no interest in politics what so ever even in their own country, are asking me questions about Donald Trump. They ask, “is Trump going to be good for us or bad for us.” I tell them, “don,t worry about it, he is in the United States, you live in Mexico.” That man is manifesting some kind of power that is felt in other countries, even in remote areas of other countries. The rise of Donald Trump and the rise of ISIS are connected in some way to end time events, and it will become obvious to Gods people in the near future. I know that all of us have been saying that these are the last days for as far back as i can remember. But this is it now brother Frank. The end time is upon us. Blessings from Mexico brother. I just read your excellent article, “If i perish, I perish, i hope to get to comment on it soon.

    • appolus said

      Hi bro, it is definately all connected. There is a vacuum of leadership around the world which is why a group like ISIS can continue to exist. I believe this vacuum of leadership is a judgement from God. When there are no statesman to be found we can be sure that God is judging us. But also, and this is most important, into that vacuum will step a ” strong man.” Because of weak leadership and no leadership around the world, the stage is being set for the anti-christ to enter. I do not believe for one second that Trump is that man, he is too bafoonish. But is he gets in and things go terribly wrong, the world will be looking for a genuine strong man………….bro Frank

  11. Barbara said

    In this one person (Donald Trump) we have a living picture of what we have become as a nation.

    • appolus said

      Yes indeed Barbara, a living personification of a secular superficial celebrity crazed society…………..bro Frank

  12. Thanks for your article. I believe the answer to your question is yes. Anyway, I think we are all getting a good lesson in a high-functioning sociopath, and have done a lot of research on the topic. I invite you to read the article, and feel free to re-post it if you wish. Again, thanks for helping educate people about this issue. B. Ashley https://twoifbycharmwordpress.wordpress.com/

  13. The current president is an excellent reason why racism and sexism could be addressed and looked at and viewed for what they truly are. Both hurts everyone rather they know it or not. You are right, he said what the public wanted to hear. He made promises things would return to the good ole days which really wasn’t great for anyone but one segment of society. Those who had money. Had not the old ideology of supremacy had not already been fostering and thriving in the minds of many he wouldn’t have won.

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