John Butch Preston
y name is Ned. An apostasy—the abandoning of a religious faith or doctrine—must now be brought about to bring the Trump era to a close. Millions of people, already upset, angry, and blindly defensive, will be affected. Seeing the truth and giving up their faith in Trump will not be an easy process for these people, but it can be achieved with gradual encouragement from those of us who were able to see through him from the very beginning. I am particularly concerned with the struggle to withdraw from him by my own friends and relatives.
It is much like trying to interpret a dream. There is the dream itself and there are the daily thoughts behind the dream, which caused the dream. The dream, in this case, is the relinquishing of your mind to Trump, or psychic infection if you will, and the thoughts behind this devotion tell you how it came about. Once these thoughts are closely examined these people can see how they first became infected with Trump.
I call it Unconscious Sympathy, a process by which at some point during one’s first favorable impression of him, mostly because of his populous slang-talk, one develops an unconscious pity for him for any criticism leveled against him. This leads to identification with him, in fact a total imitation of him. Now if a factory worker, for instance, has given over her identity to Trump, she too feels that, just like Trump, she is qualified to become president. It’s a wonderful feeling but it is an illusion.
What Trump fans need to see to help them get over him is to place him beside other important world figures and see how he fares. But why not go ahead and pit him against the supreme being of all time, Jesus Christ. This can be accomplished by the examples below, by using a business analogy:
- Suppose an already wealthy person gets elected to the CEO position in a large corporation consisting of vast subsidiaries and employing almost an entire population. And to show her good sportsmanship for being rich, she declines to take a salary. But then suppose she soon begins taking luxury holidays, flying down to her private resort at the company’s expense, any one of which alone far exceeds the salary she declined. Many would say this is not a big deal. Jesus has said, ye shall know them by their fruits.
- Now suppose she has several businesses on the side for which she uses company funds to enhance their bottom lines. Is this fair to the company and its employees? Jesus has said, ye shall know them by their fruits.
- A certain group of people has legally applied for jobs with the company, but she has expressed contempt for these people, so she refuses to accept their applications and begins making derogatory remarks about them, calling them murderers and rapist, implying all in this group are of that caliber. Jesus has said, ye shall know them by their fruits.
- A further example of the above is when members of the company criticize her for making unwise decisions and she summarily fires them. And since she cannot come up with an excuse for these firings she once again resorts to vile name-calling and false accusations. In formal logic this is called ad hominym, the desperate recourse of someone who has no defense for her actions, a common schoolyard practice. Jesus has said ye shall know them by their fruits.
- The company began to boom several years before she took over, and having a new CEO added somewhat to this growth but she has taken credit for the company’s entire recovery. She boasts and boasts that she has made the company great again, but factual statistics show this is not the case. Her idea of greatness is obviously self-aggrandizement. Jesus has said, ye shall know them by their fruits.
- And speaking of jobs, one of the company’s lowest-paid workers couldn’t get her two-year old into daycare so she had to bring the baby to work with her that day. This got back to the CEO and she had the baby taken away from her mother’s arms and put in a cage. The experience will cause the child psychological damage for the rest of its life. But the CEO says she’ll think twice about bringing her kid to work next time. Jesus wept. Then said, ye shall know them by their fruits.
- She on several occasions has indicated that the white workers in the company are better than the black or brown workers. Since this was not God’s intention, Jesus has said, ye shall know them by their fruits.
- Health care is of major concern to all the company workers, so in her interview for the position the CEO promised affordable health care for all. But once secure in her position she tried to cut back on health care instead. Not only would Jesus (the greatest healer) not agree, he would be appalled that in today’s world hospitals are being traded on the world stock exchanges.
- In opposition to the fact that climate change is taking place, the CEO called it a Chinese hoax, and when that didn’t fly she blamed it on the ice age finally warming up. When she found out that a group of scientist working for the company believed climate change was real, rather than fire them all and causing a big stink, she used a tactic that forced them to resign, therefore leaving the company without highly beneficial information necessary to the company’s well being. Jesus has said, ye shall know them by their fruits.
- As soon as the CEO obtained her position, she began speaking favorably of the CEO of a rival company, in fact, making decisions that have given the rival several advantages, to the extent of putting her security workers in harms way, and in some instances causing the deaths of anyone allied with them. Why she aligns herself with the company’s chief rival remains a mystery— but speculation indicates he has leveraged her in some way so that she is forced to do his bidding, to the detriment of the company. Jesus has said, the truth shall set ye free.
Anyone reading this can see that Trump falls way short of the teachings of Christ. How do Christians reconcile this, especially my friends and relatives who profess Christianity? Are they guilty of compartmentalizing—putting Christ in one mental box and Trump in another, and never letting the two come in contact with each other. Such seems to be the case, otherwise how can they go to church on Sunday, and then to a Trump rally on Sunday night in good conscience? Henceforth, I suggest each time Trump pulls a fast one and lies about it, they should ask themselves what would Jesus do. Then perhaps it wouldn’t be so hard for them to come on over to freedom and peace of mind and get out from beneath Trump’s privileged thumb. After all, he is yet to deliver them on the issue of abortion that they have been praying for since 1973.