* Editor's Commentaries - #105  Abusing God's Holy Word from the "bully pulpit" to manipulate the masses 


What's the Question?  Stay 'tuned,' for the editor's answer.


.  The abuse of God's Holy Word by Presidents to manipulate the masses has been a time-honored practice dating back at least to "Honest Abe."

But, lest you misunderstand, there is nothing remotely wrong with a President quoting God's Holy Word to the people of this nation, on the contrary, it is very right; however, twisting and contorting God's Holy Word, i.e., perverting God's Holy Word to provide a vehicle by which to manipulate the masses is a very wrong thing.

Abraham Lincoln made very calculated use of this devise (e.g., the House Divided speech), as have speechwriters and communication directors for later presidents.  

The perversion of God's Holy Word to accomplish ungodly, unconstitutional ends is far more deplorable than the pervasively common device of clothing oneself in a religious mantle to feign reverence for God, e.g., the rampant practice of paying lipservice at the end of speeches and addresses to the effect of needing 'God's help,' or beneficently stating God bless America....

An ironic variation on the theme of abusing God's Holy Word (and thus abusing God), is the practice of taking credit for scriptures, i.e., claiming authorship of quotes lifted from scripture; and yes this has been done. 


.  There are a number of different ways that such abuse could come about, including:

1. People (White House staffers, and campaign staffers) who are ignorant of God's Holy Word, and sorely lacking in the fear of God, imagining that it is God-honoring to appropriate scripture for any politically advantageous use, as long as it is employed in what they imagine is a good end.

2. People (White House staffers, and campaign staffers) who are ignorant of God's Holy Word, and sorely lacking in the fear of God, imagining that it is permissible to lift scripture for any politically advantageous use.

3. People (White House staffers, and campaign staffers) who are ignorant of God's Holy Word, and sorely lacking in fear of God, imagining that it is permissible to lift scripture and grossly misapply it for any politically advantageous use.

4. People (White House staffers, and campaign staffers) who despise God and His Holy Word, who are devoid of the fear of God, taking delight in perverting scripture to accomplish evil ends.

....


.  President Bush (43) famously appropriated and abused Luke 11:23 "He that is not with me is against me:...." by applying it to label any and all nations which would not militarily join his "vast coalition of the willing" in his "war against terror" to "eliminate evil from the face of the earth"; while the Lord Jesus spoke it to condemn all who would not obey Him!


.  Still, all politicians present and past have not committed as widespread abuse of scripture as ministers (i.e., hirelings and wolves in sheep's clothing) have. 


.  The antichrist who is near to come will likely abuse scripture more profoundly than any have previously.


  Occasionally I think while standing up, walking, or even chewing gum, though I can't say I necessarily do my best thinking while exerting myself in these ways - Editor/Ed.


Boys are so silly, I prefer to do my deep thinking, reflection, ruminating, and meditation, while I am reclining at length in the tub, preferably with several servants to attend to my every whim and need.  [One must be careful to only think in moderation while soaking, though, lest one should turn into a prune!]  Umm, I wonder if those silly hunky stone-age boys are thinking about me?  If they think they can use me like I'm some worthless disposable thing, they've got another thing coming! 

{No, bathing beauty.  If I had a lady like you to think about (but a little less "hard-bodied"), I wouldn't manage to think of anything else.  It is true, God does work in mysterious ways.}


Editor's PostScript Page & Editor's Commentaries hyperlink list

Editor's PostScript Page - theme


Al's secret to his superior thinking - sitting down.

 Ah yes, now I see the resemblance between Albert Einstein and CBM's Editor, they are both hard-bodied hunks (almost as if chiseled out of stone) and undeniably dreamers.


......

 

what's a hunk, am i a hunk too?  boy, i think that lady has the right idea, a relaxing soak in the tub home (toc)

ok you little feller, but while you are splashing around, pretend you are winston churchill, and not a seal.


going up? (top of page)