Predictable as clockwork - inevitable, with the virus showing up in this dramatic fashion IN THE WEST would bring the return of the SDA historic horror stories of being chased into the hills by nuns and priests. Add the ego driven Trump, and we’re all set for SS lessons on the 2300 days; the Sunday laws, and etc. Ebola didn’t quite do it, nor did the numerous other epidemics and modified pandemics because they didn’t really impact the US; and US is the epicenter of God’s message and care.
The opening paragraph is right on the mark and rife for the Adventist message at this point in time - and I agree. We live in the end-time, as have other generations with their own pandemics (the plague) and authoritarian anti-God revolution (communist manifesto) - and atrocities (holocaust - even if the hunted were Jews). The SDA - centric message didn’t quite reach Marx or Hitler’s ear - although he was, after all a vegetarian which earned him some sort of support no matter how many Jews he killed. This time, like the “dark day” and the “falling of the stars,” pain reached the epicentre of “God’s people” so we should pay closer attention.
Here, it appears, “good and evil” have come to play out the cosmic conflict in the person of Donald Trump, and whoever is the liberal candidate (it doesn’t really matter). Come November, our choice will be the narcissistic personality of Donald Trump, and the narcissistic other (doesn’t matter who). I pre-judge the “other” as narcissistic as well, because it comes with the territory. So, which narcissist will we like better - I wonder?
Are we shocked that this president uses ideology in its religious form to garner votes? Even if he isn’t an astute politician, he does know how one gathers votes. You have to appeal to some significant block - if not the religious right, then maybe the pro-latino immigrant left - whatever works.
So, we don’t like the flamboyant, in-your-face Trump (and I have to agree), let’s get him GONE. So, we have the Russian connection - that didn’t work; how about the Ukraine phone call - that didn’t work; let’s just throw the kitchen sink at him and - impeach. That didn’t work either, despite “incontrovertible” proof revealed in the basement of the Capitol building. What luck, we have another chance. Nobody can handle that with a win. In the name of all that is humane, we can attack something.
There is a problem, however, the alternative isn’t looking too good and might even have to resign within the first four year term. No problem, let’s find a minority stand-in, preferably a woman. All that remains, is to hammer down on PERSONALITY; the health crisis; and the devastating economy left after the pandemic. To insure the economic devastation, let’s not show up in DC to deal with it until the ice cream is all gone. What we will be left with, is a devastated economy (Trump’s former bailiwick). The devious and unrelenting attacks haven’t worked. Maybe this finally will.
This is the politics of the “PERFECT STORM” - an alternative to the traditional SDA focus based on the 19th century religio-political conditions. This is the 21st century, and good and evil have possibly changed face. Evil doesn’t come out obviously flawed; but looks and sounds like a lamb - fuzzy and caring. In the name of social justice it will diminish the God-centered Constitution of the United States; and in the name progressive ideology it just might change the face of what used to be, DEMOCRACY. What the unintended consequences of that will be, only God knows.