Continuing the Narrative
The thing about human nature is that often after it’s committed to the narrative, it doesn’t deviate – even it if turns out to be a falsehood. Look at the folks at the Jim Jones compound. They had to know that their whole lives were built on a lie, but they continued on. So did the suicidal group Heaven’s Gate.
Sometimes people’s doubts are alleviated with falsehoods… such as those Christians who put their hope in Donald Trump and then were exposed to his real nature. They waived their angry fist with Trump, as he spoke against the undocumented… but then it was revealed that Trump was recorded 10 years ago talking about his sexualization of women and how he dominates them sexually. Conflicted with this new information, church leaders like Franklin Graham stood up and poopooed this behavior saying, “that was 10 years ago.” Others said, “it was locker room talk.” These arguments in themselves do not resolve the fact that this person (whether a good President or not) is outside their Christian ideals. After all, regardless of how long ago someone did something, they probably are still harmonious to their past (unless they’ve made great effort to change.)
Another defense mechanism was in the argument that one doesn’t need an ethical leader anymore (which was the original requirement of the voting Christian), but rather one needs the “anointed” leader (the key being that an anointed leader doesn’t have to be ethical.) Hence the Cyrus anointing was created, as a man made doctrine. I wrote about the Cyrus Anointing in a past post. The idea of needing to be involved in government affairs is in itself a diversion from Jesus. But even more so, in the raising up of a leader who defines ego, pride and injustice.
As these same Christians watch their country tear itself apart, I wonder how far they will go with the narrative… and then I’m reminded of Jim Jones, Nazi Germany, Bosnia, Rwanda… and I remember that people will go to extreme lengths to continue the narrative.