Was Donald Trump Chosen to Help Bring America’s Christians to an All Is Lost Moment?

As we thought more about your turning to the Donald in the midst of your fear and anger – instead of trusting in your God – another epiphany began to blossom.

It came to us one day when our team was taking a movie break in our studies. The movie was your famous An Officer and a Gentleman, and Richard Greer, such an astonishing actor laid it out of us…

He is at the bottom. And in great stories, at the bottom the protagonist has a moment, an all is lost moment.

And it made us wonder:

Did God the Great Storyteller choose Donald Trump to help bring America’s Christians to an all is lost moment in the story of America?

Another crazy question, right?

But, look again at these insights from Shawn Coyne…

The all is lost moment is when we discover a lie that we’ve told ourselves and we recognize it for what it is, it’s a lie.

This is Not Normal, by Shawn Coyne

When we discover that there is no easy solution to our predicament and all of our bargaining has left us broken and battered in worse circumstances than if we had faced the problem head on at the beginning, we finally come to the understanding that there is no way we can turn back. 

Our lives will never be the same. We’ve lost. We bottom out in DEPRESSION. 

This depression is dramatized in what screenwriters call the ALL IS LOST MOMENT scene. We despair. There is no way in hell that we’re going to come out of this event anywhere near how we were before it happened. It’s finally clear to us that life will never be the same. 

Shawn Coyne, The Story Grid

The depression moment is the all is lost moment and it’s usually at the end of the middle built. It’s the moment when the protagonist realizes, “Oh my gosh, everything I have tried to achieve has failed. There’s no way I can continue on in the way that I’ve continued my entire life. There’s only one thing I can do. I have to change. I have to figure out an innovation. I have to figure out a way to move forward in my life that will change my life and I have to accept that life for me will never be the same,” and then, you have to move forward and what’s the next stage after depression?

Writing and Depression, by Shawn Coyne

The “All Is Lost” moment — We were talking about that. The All Is Lost moment is really the crucial element of your middle build. We need that All Is Lost moment for your protagonist because that is the moment when they change their world view. It’s not even — Like in a James Bond story. James Bond doesn’t have an internal change, but the All Is Lost moment is literally All Is Lost in a James Bond movie.

It’s when the Saw is about to cut him in half, and he somehow gets away from it. His world view change is all about his finding some brilliant thing in his brain to get him out of the predicament. It’s not an internal moral or ethical shift. It’s like, “Oh! If I hop off this way and put the rope this way, it’ll cut the rope.” Even James Bond has an All Is Lost moment.

Ratcheting Up The Tension, by Shawn Coyne

And it really caught our attention when Paula showed us this…

During an all-is-lost moment, the protagonist realizes they must change their definition of success or risk betraying their principles.

SECRETS OF THE STATUS GENRE, by Rachelle Ramirez, Story Grid

There you go.

So, what if your God chose Donald Trump as a surprise to help bring you to an all is lost moment in the story of America?

And what if what you will experience in America’s unfolding drama is a classic case of the gap?…

It is not a gap between what a character wants and what a character expects to happen. It’s the gap between what a character does at a specific moment in life in an effort to achieve what they want. And they take an action expecting that this action will cause a helpful enabling positive reaction in their world. But a gap opens up when the world reacts more powerfully than they expected, reacts differently than they expected and the world certainly does not cooperate with them. The world in fact is antagonistic and thwarts or blocks their desire for what they want. So it’s a gap between action and result, between what a character expects to happen when they take an action and what really does when they do. That is the gap that we’re talking about.

Robert McKee’s Storylogue Q&A: Opening Up The Gap Between Expectation and Result

“The story lies in the gap between expectation and reality.”

Robert McKee ‏@McKeeStory, May 18 2016

So, look at what this Geivett guy thinks could play out in your unfolding drama…

Socially conservative Christians have long complained that their cultural influence has been compromised. But today, on the eve of Super Tuesday 2016, they have it within their power to stop Donald Trump in his tracks overnight. This is because without them he wouldn’t be where he is in the polls. And as long as they are with him, as long as they zealously trumpet his persona and uncertain promises, they are responsible for his meteoric rise, and they will be responsible for whatever version of America he considers “great,” if he wins the general election. Christians have never been better positioned to make a difference—for better or for worse.

Less than a hundred years ago, Christians in Germany faced a parallel situation. Angered by their military, economic, and cultural marginalization, many forged an alliance with a Nationalist regime that resulted in Nazi fascism. For them at the time, German Nationalism was Christian Nationalism at its best. Nationalism has often been a stepping stone to diverse forms of fascism.

Don’t think it can’t happen here. Don’t think Christians would never fall for that sort of thing. And don’t think that a Christian Nationalist Movement isn’t already gaining momentum. Someday we may even witness the sad emergence of a Christian Nationalist Party.

Donald Trump and the Nationalist Christian Movement, By Doug Geivett, February 29, 2016

So, we’re going to explore how things could go really bad for you.

And that possibility has my team and I thinking a lot about crisis, because we really want to know what you really want, here in the story.

Look at this quote Paula Wong showed us…

A crisis doesn’t ‘make a person’; a crisis reveals what a person is made of.

Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary: Prophets

It feels like the conflict between China and America is moving towards a crisis. And it feels like your conflict in America is moving towards a crisis.

And I’m very worried my conflict with Shih Tzu is going to suddenly come to a crisis moment.

So we’re very grateful to Robert McKee and Shawn Coyne for helping us gain a deeper understanding of the nature of a crisis in a story…

Stage Seven brings the story to its crisis, the highest level of tension and suspense.

Storynomics, By Robert McKee and Tom Gerace

In an extended work, Stages Seven and Eight repeat with a difference and escalate the telling, progressing to its eventual climax. Again and again, the world’s reactions overturn the protagonist’s expectations. The new actions he takes and the surprising effects they cause swing his struggles dynamically back and forth between positive and negative charges that build with progressive power. Reversal by reversal, violation by violation, pressure mounts to the breaking point until he makes a crisis decision to take a final climactic action that irreversibly achieves or fails to achieve his object of desire. 

Storynomics, By Robert McKee and Tom Gerace

The protagonist pursues her object of desire action by action, turning point by turning point, until a moment arrives near the end of the telling when the most sharply focused conflicting forces in her life now block her path. This is the obligatory scene the audience has been waiting for. At this crisis point, she has exhausted all possible tactics, save one. This powerful moment calls for a major decision. Faced with an array of possible actions, she must choose one last tactic in a final effort to put life back in balance.

Storynomics, By Robert McKee and Tom Gerace

Crisis is the third of the five-part form. It means decision. Characters make spontaneous decisions each time they open their mouths to say “this” not “that.” In each scene they make a decision to take one action rather than another. But Crisis with a capital C is the ultimate decision. The Chinese ideogram for Crisis is two terms: Danger/Opportunity — “danger” in that the wrong decision at this moment will lose forever what we want; “opportunity” in that the right choice will achieve our desire.

The protagonist’s quest has carried him through the Progressive Complications until he’s exhausted all actions to achieve his desire, save one. He now finds himself at the end of the line. His next action is his last. No tomorrow. No second chance. This moment of dangerous opportunity is the point of greatest tension in the story as both protagonist and audience sense that the question “How will this turn out?” will be answered out of the next action.

Robert McKee, Story

The Crisis is the story’s Obligatory Scene. From the Inciting Incident on, the audience has been anticipating with growing vividness the scene in which the protagonist will be face to face with the most focused, powerful forces of antagonism in his existence. This is the dragon, so to speak, that guards the Object of Desire: be it the literal dragon of JAWS or the metaphorical dragon of meaninglessness in TENDER MERCIES. The audience leans into the Crisis filled with expectation mingled with uncertainty. 

Robert McKee, Story

Now the beginning of the ENDING PAYOFF of a Story is how we Choose to answer our crisis dilemma. CHOICE is the climactic moment when we actively do something that will finally metabolize the Inciting Incident event and Change our lives forever.

Shawn Coyne, The Story Grid

The crisis is the time when your protagonist must make a decision. And the choice that he makes will determine whether or not he’ll get closer to or further away from his object of desires (both external and internal).

Commandment Number Three, by Shawn Coyne

The way the protagonist answers this question will show the reader/viewer what kind of person he is. The characters actions, not his words, define him.

Compelling Crisis questions and the way they are answered are the way to reveal character.

Commandment Number Three, by Shawn Coyne

So, we’d sure like to know what you Christians in America think about this possibility. Or do you even want to think about it?

Because, well, there is a strange story we came across in your Bible which made us wonder if Donald Trump was sent to help bring you Christians to your all is lost moment in the story of America.

It’s the story of a unique King of Israel who came to his own all is lost moment.

His name was Josiah.

And Paula showed us something which is relevant to your love crisis…

From Saul (1 Sam. 15:10) to Herod (Matt. 2:16), the Bible is filled with accounts of stupid, incompetent, and evil rulers—with few exceptions. One of the exceptions is Josiah (2 Kings 22:2, 3:24-25) who tolerated no “disgusting idols” (23:13 GNB). This mordant translation teaches us that when we substitute anyone or anything for God we create “disgusting idols,” which may well be political.

Beware of False (Political) Prophets, By DEACON JAMES H. TONER, Crisis Magazine, APRIL 24, 2018

“Josiah” (“The Lord Supports”) was one of Judah’s best kings. He was one of the reformers who followed David’s good example (v. 2) all his life. A young unnamed prophet from Judah had predicted his birth, by name, long before he was born (1 Kings 13:1-2; cf. Isa. 44:2845:1Mic. 5:2).

Dr. Thomas L. Constable, Notes on 2 Kings

And here is part of his story, in which he comes to his all is lost moment …

Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the way of David his father, and he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.

In the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, son of Meshullam, the secretary, to the house of the Lord, saying, “Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may count the money that has been brought into the house of the Lord, which the keepers of the threshold have collected from the people. And let it be given into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the Lord, and let them give it to the workmen who are at the house of the Lord, repairing the house(that is, to the carpenters, and to the builders, and to the masons), and let them use it for buying timber and quarried stone to repair the house. But no accounting shall be asked from them for the money that is delivered into their hand, for they deal honestly.”

And Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. And Shaphan the secretary came to the king, and reported to the king, “Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house and have delivered it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the Lord.” Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king.

2 Kings 22:1-10

So, the people of Judah we’re experiencing their own ‘famine’ of the word of God. And that made us think about your current love crisis, with its self-induced famine.

And then Paula showed us this passage…

“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.”

Amos 8:11

That is not something we expected the Active Protagonist would do. So, we wondered, is that one of those times when he gave people over to what they really wanted?

And could that be what is happening with you Christians in America?

And then Josiah came to his all is lost moment…

When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes. And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Micaiah, and Shaphan the secretary, and Asaiah the king’s servant, saying, “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.”

2 Kings 22:11-13

Here is an explanation of an all is lost moment

Then when we reach a point in a story, this is what we often refer to as the “all is lost” moment. There’s a moment in pretty much every single story – every single story – where the lead character realizes all is lost. They’re not going to get the woman back. They’re not going to get the loved one to come back to them. Things are not going to be the way they always thought they were going to be.

Change Requires Loss, by Shawn Coyne

There it is…

Things are not going to be the way they always thought they were going to be.

Even though we don’t think most of you Christians are going to take your situation seriously enough, we discovered that many of you look like you are already moving toward your “all is lost” moment in the story of America…

Many serious Christians—Catholic and Protestant alike—have found themselves wondering lately whether American political society is salvageable.

Christianity and American Founding Principles: A Response to Patrick Deneen and Robert Reilly, by S. Adam Seagrave, Public Discourse, October 3rd, 2017

So, let me show you now a fascinating insight from one of your Christian philosophers which shines a bright light on why so many Christians in America are beginning to experience an all is lost moment.

And as you’ll see, this philosopher, David Bentley Hart, understands the power of story…

I have operated throughout from the presupposition that, in the modern West, the situation of Christianity in culture at large is at least somewhat analogous to the condition of paganism in the days of Julian, though Christianity may not necessarily be quite as moribund. I do not, at any rate, anticipate a recovery under current circumstances, and I cannot at the moment envisage how those circumstances might change. Even in America, I assume, despite its special hospitality to transcendental ecstasies and enduring pieties, the intellectual and moral habits of materialism will ultimately prevail to an even greater degree than they have in Europe. And neither a person nor a people can will belief simply out of dread of the consequences of its absence. In one sense, Christianity permeates everything we are, but in another it is disappearing, and we are changing as a result; and something new is in the centuries-long process of being born. I suppose some sort of invocation of Yeats’s “The Second Coming” would be appropriate here, but the uncanny and disturbing power of its lines has long since been irreparably weakened by overuse. It might be better, therefore, simply to note that what it is for us to be human – what, that is, our aesthetic and moral imaginations are capable of – is determined by the encompassing narrative of reality we inhabit. First, for any people, comes its story, and then whatever is possible for that people becomes conceivable within that story. For centuries the Christian story shaped and suffused our civilization; now, however, slowly but relentlessly, another story is replacing it, and any attempt to reverse that process is probably futile. We are not pagans; we are not moved by their desires or disquieted by their uncertainties. We live after the age of Christendom, and cultures do not easily turn back to beliefs of which they have tired or with which they have become disenchanted.

David Bentley Hart, Atheist Delusions

He is on to something.

And he’s not the only one. Look at this…

Over the past half century, the Reagan years notwithstanding, our ruling class’s changing preferences and habits have transformed public and private life in America. …. And, as Publius Decius Mus argues, “America and the West” now are so firmly “on a trajectory toward something very bad” that it is no longer reasonable to hope that “all human outcomes are still possible,” by which he means restoration of the public and private practices that made the American republic. In fact, the 2016 election is sealing the United States’ transition from that republic to some kind of empire. …. Regardless of the election’s outcome, the republic established by America’s Founders is probably gone.

After the Republic, By Angelo M. Codevilla, Claremont Review of Books, September 27, 2016

And look at these Paula showed us…

If you’ve ever wished that you could have been around at one of history’s decisive moments, your wish had been granted. And if you’ve ever wished to be on the side of the beleaguered underdog, that wish also has been granted. The forces of regression are in the ascendancy, and Christian civilization is in retreat.

A Turning Point in History, By WILLIAM KILPATRICK, Crisis Magazine, MAY 24, 2018

We must, then, take seriously the possibility that perhaps nothing will be done to reverse the direction of our culture, that the degeneracy we see about us will only become worse.

Robert Bork, Slouching Towards Gomorrah

And it appears there have been others earlier who had also been experiencing an all is lost moment…

Again, I don’t have all the answers or even all the questions. But I know that what we have been doing for thirty years hasn’t worked, that while we have been fighting and winning in politics, our culture has decayed into something approaching barbarism. We need to take another tack, find a different strategy.

Letter to Conservatives, by Paul M. Weyrich, February 16, 1999

What Weyrich wrote sure looks like this description of an all is lost moment

The depression moment is the all is lost moment and it’s usually at the end of the middle built. It’s the moment when the protagonist realizes, “Oh my gosh, everything I have tried to achieve has failed. There’s no way I can continue on in the way that I’ve continued my entire life. There’s only one thing I can do. I have to change. I have to figure out an innovation. I have to figure out a way to move forward in my life that will change my life and I have to accept that life for me will never be the same,” and then, you have to move forward and what’s the next stage after depression?

Writing and Depression, by Shawn Coyne

It also looks like many of your fellow Americans are moving the same direction…

Almost two-thirds of Americans, or 63 percent, report being stressed about the future of the nation, according to the American Psychological Association’s Eleventh Stress in America survey, conducted in August and released on Wednesday.  This worry about the fate of the union tops longstanding stressors such as money (62 percent) and work (61 percent) and also cuts across political proclivities. However, a significantly larger proportion of Democrats (73 percent) reported feeling stress than independents (59 percent) and Republicans (56 percent).

The “current social divisiveness” in America was reported by 59 percent of those surveyed as a cause of their own malaise. When the APA surveyed Americans a year ago, 52 percent said they were stressed by the presidential campaign. Since then, anxieties have only grown.

A majority of the more than 3,400 Americans polled, 59 percent, said “they consider this to be the lowest point in our nation’s history that they can remember.”

Americans Are Officially Freaking Out, By Deena Shanker, Bloomberg, November 1, 2017

And you might want to consider where that could lead you as a country…

Men hold their lives cheap when they cease to believe that their culture will endure – because the persistence of our culture makes it possible for our lives to have meaning beyond the brief span of our physical existence. 

David P. Goldman, How Civilizations Die

So, was Josiah right?

He was…

So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter), and they talked with her. And she said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: ‘Tell the man who sent you to me, Thus says the Lord, Behold, I will bring disaster upon this place and upon its inhabitants, all the words of the book that the king of Judah has read. Because they have forsaken me and have made offerings to other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore my wrath will be kindled against this place, and it will not be quenched. 

2 Kings 22:14-17

And as you’ll see in the following verses in chapter 23, Josiah made an effort to bring about massive change in his kingdom…

2 Kings 23:1-24

But it doesn’t look like they wanted what he wanted…

The next king was Josiah. Josiah tried to turn the people back to the Lord, but his reforms were more external than internal. There was reformation, but not revival. The people just did not want to submit to Yahweh.

Notes on Jeremiah, By Dr. Thomas L. Constable, Sonic Light

And the next verse shows you what Josiah really wanted…

Before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses, nor did any like him arise after him.

2 Kings 23:25

But as the following verses showed, the game was already over, because of the sins which had previously been committed…

Still the Lord did not turn from the burning of his great wrath, by which his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations with which Manasseh had provoked him. And the Lord said, “I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and I will cast off this city that I have chosen, Jerusalem, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there.”

2 Kings 23:26-27

That story sounds a lot like the direction your story may be going in America.

And it did catch our attention that King Josiah wanted the opposite of what we discovered Donald Trump really wants.

So, now we are wondering if the opposite of what Donald wants is what he will ultimately experience.

Keep in mind Donald’s claim to be a genius…

Donald J. Trump


….Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star…..

7:27 AM – Jan 6, 2018

Donald J. Trump


….to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!

7:30 AM – Jan 6, 2018

So, has considered this?

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!

Isaiah 5:21

And maybe this Constable guy can help open your eyes to something related to Donald Trump?

Babylon felt secure in mistreating people because her great learning and wisdom in the magical arts had led her to conclude that she was superior and invulnerable. Knowledge puffs up, and one of the delusions it spawns is that people who know more are as morally and ethically responsible as everyone else, since they are not. A corollary is that if I can get away with something, it’s all right. Such thinking forgets that there is a sovereign and righteous God in heaven to whom we are responsible.

Notes on Isaiah, By Dr. Thomas L. Constable, Sonic Light

And you may want to consider the following verse from a prophecy aimed at Babylon which Paula found in the book of Isaiah.

You said, ‘I am forever— the eternal queen!’

But you did not consider these things or reflect on what might happen.

Isaiah 47:7

Oh, and that caught our attention because of something else Paula showed us …

The country’s rulers stay in power because they censor, imprison, and repress. Yet a corrupt, arbitrary, and insecure leadership knows it could lose power soon. That’s why Li and fellow officials insist on telling us they will rule forever.

Li needs to learn a little Chinese history. “I am emperor, my descendants will be numerous,” said Qin Shihuang, China’s first imperial ruler. “From the second generation to the ten thousandth, my line will not end.” Qin’s line ended a little more than two years after he died.

China’s Communist Party: We Will Rule Forever, By Gordon G. Chang, World Affairs Journal, June 14, 2011

So, we are wondering now if this famous passage is somehow setup for an ironic ending in the story of the Donald?…

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:18

And remember that on September 28, 2015, a group of Christian leaders met with Donald Trump in his office at Trump Tower in New York City, at a meeting pulled together by the now more famous than ever Christian preacher, teacher, leader, celebrity star, Paula White.

And at that meeting Paula White prayed the following blessing over Donald Trump…

Father, we just secure him right now by the blood of Jesus. We thank you that no weapon formed against him will be able to prosper. And any tongue that rises against him will be condemned according to the word of God.

And Paula Wong showed us a passage which made us wonder if Paula White wasn’t right, but wrong …

Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. They say continually to those who despise the word of the Lord, ‘It shall be well with you’; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.’”

Jeremiah 23:16-17

So, when Paula White prayed that prayer over the Donald, was she even considering or reflecting on the possibility that your God could be the one who would intervene in the story of Donald?

Because this “Passion Translation” caught our attention…

Your boast becomes a prophecy of a future failure. The higher you lift up yourself in pride, the harder you’ll fall in disgrace.

Proverbs 16:18

So, Donald Trump has helped us to see that, if Christianity is the story we are in, it’s possible the story of America may already be on an irreversible path to its climax.

So, the question…

What if America has already reached the point of no return in her story?

… fits with the Major Dramatic Question:

How Will This Turn Out?

Sudden, massive change may be heading your way.

Make no mistake, that gnawing concern you have about the future of our nation is not delusional. While it’s trendy in Christian circles to make fun of those who see trouble ahead, the Bible makes it clear:

“By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household”

Hebrews 11:7

And we couldn’t ignore what Wallnau wrote…

Noah wasn’t paranoid-he was perceptive. 

Lance Wallnau, God’s Chaos Candidate

So, we want to know if you even want to think about these things.

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