Trump must be one hell of a Christian! Yes, anyone that free of guilt must be even more than the “baby Christian” that evangelicals say that he is! In fact, since Trump has never even needed to ask God for forgiveness is the first place, maybe he has always been a Christian…even before he was born perhaps! In some uncanny way, since the Christian “work of salvation” done in Christ was completed “even before the foundation of the world,” maybe Trump’s roots go back that far and he is god himself! He certainly acts like it.
And I’ve thought for a long time that Trump does have some “god like” power over people though he would be according to the teachings of Carl Jung, a “dark” god. For example, many of Trump’s followers have complete faith in him even to the point they support him regardless of what he does or says. “God” can make no mistake so whatever comes from his mouth, though blatantly false to “non-believers,” is “true” to his followers/believers. God declares through the prophet Isaiah, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. And scriptural literalists interpret this to mean that regardless of what happens, God has dictated it. This appeared in today’s news when an Oklahoma Republican legislator has declared that abortion should be illegal even in the cases of rape or incest. “God knows what he is doing, even if we can’t understand it” is the rationale for those believers.
Facetiousness and irony are certainly part of my intent here. But I have recognized in my clinical work, and in my personal experience, a phenomenon I called “the god complex.” And persons with this affliction certainly to appear to feel and think they are inviolate like god is, but closer scrutiny reveals that their posture reveals profound insecurity and fear and the certainty they cling to comes only from desperation. These people have no “faith” in God but only a compulsive, desperate clinging to their thoughts about the Bible and God. I have found that if they could only “get over themselves” they would find that their faith in the Bible and God could take on a new dimension. But the price tag is humility and as T.S. Eliot noted, “The only wisdom we can hope to acquire is humility. And humility is endless.”
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