Is Donald Trump a Rehoboam Character in America’s Drama?


So, now we are wondering about another crazy question…


Did Your God Choose Donald Trump to Put the Climax to the Story of America in Play?


To answer this question, we take you to another epiphany from our research, an epiphany which surprised us.


Donald Trump May Have Been Chosen to Play a Role as a Unique Character in Bringing the Story of America to Its End



We had to figure out who Donald Trump is and what he wants.

Because, though everyone on both sides thought the idea absurd, we had to ask–what if he was actually elected? What would that mean for us in China?

It was a worthy assignment, but so difficult with Shih Tzu and his contempt for me. I was afraid our team would eventually rip apart, just like what may happen to you in America.

And, we wondered, what if you Americans did elect Donald Trump and your internal divisions widened? What if you did go over the precipice and tumble into another Civil War? What would that mean for China? And the whole world?

And it gave me pause. So much suffering!

When we first got our Donald Trump assignment, I was so stressed it made it impossible to see how all the work we had already put in would weave together so beautifully with what we came to discover as we studied Donald Trump.

But, starting with the perspective of Christianity being the story we are in, led us down remarkable, stunningly interesting paths. I am so grateful to my Uncle now, looking back, for his directive to see all our studies through this lens…


Christianity may be the story we are in


…for it has provided an understanding of my country, your country, your God, and Donald Trump that has literally turned my world up-side-down.

On one hand it has been a great personal shake-up, and I am asking some of the deepest questions of all…

Who am I?

Which story am I in?

How will my own story turn out?


But, for now I’ll say that Paula and I are both in the best and worst place of all—on the run, without a country, but with time on our hands to devote ourselves to the exploration of these vital questions as we hide out in the foothills of the Strange Uncharted Mountains.

But on the other hand, most of this is laying out for you the shake-up discoveries we saw about your God and your Country and how we are speculating Donald Trump fits into all this.

After all our discoveries about your God being the great storyteller, who has given humanity an archplot story of classical design, who brought your remarkable country into existence as the necessary being in that equation


…and we discovered your migration into the minimalist corner and wondered if you will ever come out and reopen the conversation with your enemies, and we wonder…we wonder if God is bringing your story to a close.

If this is the story, and you are heading to the end, we wonder, is your God using Donald Trump to accelerate that process? Was Donald Trump chosen by your God for this purpose?

Your country is under great pressure.

But we are suffering our own pressures at home, too. And our team, loyal to the Party, wrestles with mysterious possibilities you may be unfamiliar with…


During the Lunar New Year holidays, political circles in Beijing were abuzz with this question: “Who, or what, are ‘black swans’ and ‘gray rhinos’?” This followed a major speech given by President and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping at the Central Party School (CPS) last month, in which the the 65-year-old leader raised the highest alert for Party officials to “be on guard against black swans and keep watchful for gray rhinos” (jingti hei tian’e, fangfan hui xiniu / 警惕黑天鹅, 防范灰犀牛) (People’s Daily, January 22).

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As the world watches with anxiety the unfolding series of crises shaking up China, more questions are being asked as to whether simply enhancing loyalty to the top leadership will effectively solve the country’s problems. As long as these problems persist, Xi and other leaders in the CCP’s top echelons will continue to watch nervously for the potential emergence of those mysterious and frightening beasts known as “black swans” and “gray rhinos.”

China Brief Early WChina Brief Early Warning: Xi Jinping Warns Against the “Black Swans” and “Gray Rhinos” of a Possible Color Revolution, By: Willy Wo-Lap Lam, Jamestown Institute, February 20, 2019arning: Xi Jinping Warns Against the “Black Swans” and “Gray Rhinos” of a Possible Color Revolution, By: Willy Wo-Lap Lam, Jamestown Institute, February 20, 2019


Mysterious and frightening. 

And you may want to begin to pay attention to the possibility those beasts could also play a surprising role in America’s turbulent story.

What if your story plays out in a horrifying way?

What if…

Winter is coming – Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell


So, after all these pages and pages, here we are, finally at our climactic epiphany. My story has come to a climax, and so, dear reader, has yours. Your God may have put you to a test by offering up Donald Trump as a choice for the most prestigious leadership role in the world. And so many of you Christians embraced him, showing up at the voting booths in droves.

And, in the most stunning political event in decades, your God gave your country and the whole world Donald Trump as the leader of the free world. While you thanked your God and breathed your sighs of relief, we continued our research, continued connecting dots and experiencing epiphanies.

Which led us to our climactic epiphany in the story of America:


Donald Trump may have been chosen to play a role as a unique character in bringing the story of America to its end.


So, while your prayers to your God in your last election were all about the saving of your democracy, we came to see that your God may have been up to something else by selecting Donald Trump.

What if your God, by selecting Donald Trump, a stunningly unique character, is taking an action to bring the story of America to its end?

Seriously?

Seriously. And we’d like to show you how.

To begin, let’s visit again one of your modern prophets, whom Paula came across. He published a best-selling book before the presidential election in 2016. And look what he said about what Donald Trump was chosen to be…


I remember when the Lord spoke to me about Donald Trump, at a time when there were still 15 or so candidates contending for the nomination. I heard in my spirit: Donald Trump is a wrecking ball to the spirit of political correctness. I wondered how this wrecking ball would be used.

Lance Wallnau, God’s Chaos Candidate

So, since your house divided may be the Gray Rhino in America’s room, your  God may have sent Trump as the wrecking ball into that same room.

And this caught our attention. Please take note of the mysterious language he uses here…


Why is Donald Trump different from all other presidents? Because he deliberately divides the country for political gain. It’s his strategy for governing. He’s “The Great Divider.”

President Trump did not create the nation’s political division. It’s been growing for over 50 years. His predecessors — George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama — all promised to heal the division. They all failed. Trump never pretended to be a healer. He saw the country’s division as a political opportunity he could exploit.

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The country is approaching the point of total political polarization, where 100 percent of the president’s party supports the president and 100 percent of the opposition party opposes the president.

Political polarization has been increasing for decades. What’s different about Trump is that he follows a script that amplifies the division. No other president has done that. Not even Abraham Lincoln, who led the Union cause in the Civil War. Lincoln sought to reconcile the country and bind its wounds. He said in his second inaugural address, “With malice toward none, with charity for all . . .”   Can you imagine Donald Trump saying that?

Donald Trump: ‘The Great Divider’, BY BILL SCHNEIDER, The Hill, July, 28, 2919

He is the great divider, and he follows a script which amplifies that division. What a story! Could he have been selected to bring your story to an end?

Or, to see it another way, check out Bernstien on Trump…


BERNSTEIN: But once again, what we are looking at here is a different kind of presidency, in which we now have a president who wants nothing to do with the rule of law, who does not want to see the precedent of Watergate for instance, that the president of the United States is accountable. He doesn’t want that precedent to obtain and to continue.

So we’re now in a cold civil war, you and I have talked about this before. We’re in a cold civil war, Trump has brought it to the point of initiation.

Bernstein: Trump “Writing A New American Narrative,” “Sucking The Oxygen Out Of The American Story”, Posted By Ian Schwartz, Real Clear Politics, July 11, 2018

He’s the great initiator of your cold civil war, huh?

What a wrecking ball.

And remember what we told you earlier in this report, that one of the key tipping points came for us when we realized you Christians in America are ignoring this warning from Jesus …  


Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will
not stand.

Matthew 12:25

And we saw these two passages, which reminded us that, if Christianity is the story we are in, your God is the Active Protagonist in the story. So, look what he is known to put in play… 


An oracle concerning Egypt.

Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud
and comes to Egypt;
and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence,
and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians,
and they will fight, each against another
and each against his neighbor,
city against city, kingdom against kingdom;

and the spirit of the Egyptians within them will be emptied out,
and I will confound their counsel;
and they will inquire of the idols and the sorcerers,
and the mediums and the necromancers;
and I will give over the Egyptians
into the hand of a hard master,
and a fierce king will rule over them,
declares the Lord God of hosts.

Isaiah 19:1-4

And on that day a great panic from the Lord shall fall on them, so that each will seize the hand of another, and the hand of the one will be raised against the hand of the other.

Zechariah 14:13

And look what else Jesus said…


“I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Luke 12:49-53

So, if Christianity is the story we are in, are you taking seriously enough Jesus’ house divided warning?

Because it looks to us like an alarming situation for you…


So, even though these two divided visions of America have been opposed for decades, and so far have controlled the urge to violence, there is in their bitter contest a sense of gathering movement toward an ultimate decision. In no way is this more clear than in the 2016 election and ongoing political conflict. This divide is no status quo “agree to disagree,” but rather two moral armies moving towards a showdown.

Were Americans Made for Civil War? by Michael Vlahos, The Imaginative Conservative, November 9, 2018

But it’s so encouraging to us. And the further we dove into our studies, the more we revered what Abraham Lincoln said…


All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

Abraham Lincoln, The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions: Address Before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, January 27, 1838

Sure, Shih Tzu hates what Lincoln says there. But we think Shih Tzu is just ignoring the possible.

But are you, too?



Is Donald Trump a Rehoboam Figure?


Paula came across a house divided story in your Bible, which helped us to what your active protagonist God is like, and how your God has acted in the past. 

The story is about a very unusual character named Rehoboam. He was the son of Israel’s second most famous of kings — King Solomon.

But, before we get to his story, I feel a need to justify comparing Trump to anyone in the Bible. It was a strange notion to us at first. But it seems to not be so strange to you Christians…


Many conservative Christians are struggling with whether or not to support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, and faith leaders have taken to comparing him to biblical figures like the wicked king Ahab or the redeemable pagan king Nebuchadnezzar. So which is he?

Is Trump the Evil King Ahab or the Redeemable Pagan Nebuchadnezzar?, BY TYLER O’NEIL, PJ Media, JUNE 10, 2016

There’s two for you:


…wicked King Ahab?

…or redeemable pagan King Nebuchadnezzar?


But it doesn’t stop there. How about Samson from your book of Judges? And this comes from Ralph Drollinger…

Like others, Drollinger often compares President Trump to biblical strongman Samson.


“I just praise God for them,” he said. “And I praise God for Mike Pence, who I think with Donald Trump chose great people to lead our nation.”

Bible Studies at the White House: Who’s Inside This Spiritual Awakening?, CBN News, July 31, 2017

We’ll get back to the Samson comparison in a moment. There may be a remarkable likeness to your unfolding drama which Drollinger may not have considered.

But before we go there, it’s time to tell you the story of Rehoboam.

Here is our shocking idea:


There may be a strange tie between Rehoboam’s story and what may happen to America.


You see, this is a story about a divorce of their kingdom which flew in as Black Swan. And you can find it here: 1 Kings 12


The backstory is this. Rehoboam’s father, as I mentioned, was the greatest “success king” of Israel, King Solomon. I’m sure you’re familiar with his fame for his great wisdom. Many of you Christians store up his treasured proverbs in your hearts, thinking of him among the greatest men of all time.

Solomon’s father was the famous king named David, certainly one of the greatest. As you know, that’s the same David who fought the giant Goliath in the legendary Black Swan story.

In the year 931 B.C.E., Solomon died. He had been king for 40 years. His son Rehoboam was next in line to succeed him, but something went very wrong. The story didn’t go like everyone expected it would. Instead, it took a Black Swan turn.


Here’s what happened. After Solomon’s death, Rehoboam travels to a place called Shechem to be crowned as the next king. All the kingdom expected a coronation and a celebration. But their expectations were dashed to pieces.

You see, the kingdom of Israel at the time was made up of twelve tribes. Rehoboam was from the tribe of Judah, which was where his father and his grandfather were from.



But, unfortunately for Rehoboam, Solomon his father had grown to be an increasingly harsh taskmaster. He even appears to have had some kind of department of forced labor. (Hey, we can relate to this guy!) And this alienated a lot of people in the other tribes. It created chariots full of resentment.

So when the time came for the coronation, it was preceded by a request from ten of the tribes. They wanted Rehoboam to lighten up and ask less from them. Rehoboam asked for three days to think about it.

Then he made a big mistake.

Instead of listening to the advice of his father’s advisers and granting the request of the other tribes, he ignored their advice and embraced the advice of the young turks who surrounded him. They advised that instead of lightening up, he should take things up a notch or two. And so he did. The young heir to the throne unwisely rejected the advice of his own father’s counselors.


So, there were no negotiations. When Rehoboam delivered his decision to them, it was conveyed to them soaked in contempt.


But, unfortunately for Rehoboam, the other tribes were in no mood to passively accept his judgment.

And so they proceeded to political divorce. And that makes it a Black Swan story. The chapter begins with an intended coronation, and ends with a split kingdom. Highly improbable — but a massive impact. What a stunning black swan reversal of fortune.

And there is a strange detail in the story which you may want to consider. Because it made us think of Hector Klumpp’s Anticipatory Peace Proposal. 

After the ten tribes opt for divorce, Rehoboam gets his army together with a view towards putting down the rebellion. It’s just what we’d expect.

But then the story takes another turn. Your God intervenes in the affairs of men once again. He takes an action, telling one of his prophets to deliver a message to Rehoboam: Stand down.


When Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled the house of Judah and Benjamin, 180,000 chosen warriors, to fight against Israel, to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam. But the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah the man of God: “Say to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, ‘Thus says the Lord, You shall not go up or fight against your relatives. Return every man to his home, for this thing is from me.’” So they listened to the word of the Lord and returned and did not go against Jeroboam.

2 Chronicles 11:1-4


Please pause to appreciate the pressure on this poor prophet…


“Shemaiah’s message goes against the perceived national interest, opposes a popular cause, and stifles the impulse to avenge wounded pride. But Shemaiah was a man of God before he was a man of Judah. His loyalty to God transcended that to king and country. His identity came from his relationship to God, not from society. He served God rather than the state. In short, he was a prophet.”

Gene Rice, Nations under God

And what was the reason for the order to cease and desist?

Your God said he was behind all this. It was his doing.

There you have it once again. Your God was the Active Protagonist in the story.



Is Donald a Catalyst Like Rehoboam Was?

What Lincoln described in his Second Inaugural Address sounds a lot like what happened with Rehoboam. Rehoboam’s folly was the catalyst for a judgment your God was bringing related to sins committed previous to that time. Consider, for instance…


There were several reasons for the division of the kingdom. The primary one was Solomon’s apostasy. However, tribal jealousy, sectionalism, and Solomon’s exploitation of the people were contributing causes.

Dr. Thomas L. Constable, Notes on 1 Kings

And, according to your commentaries, Solomon’s son apparently wasn’t such a “great guy” either…


“Rehoboam is harsh, despotic, and autocratic, but the worst part is that he is also stupid and incompetent.”

Simon DeVries, 1 Kings. Word Biblical Commentary. Waco: Word Books, 1985

Rehoboam chooses slogans over wisdom, machismo over servanthood.

R. D. Nelson, First and Second Kings

And maybe he was even a little vulgar, like Trump?


It is at least possible that qtn’, ‘my little thing,’ is euphemistic for the penis, a sense which would add rash vulgarity to the charge of foolishness against the young men.

Raymond Dillard, 2 Chronicles

And maybe he was a little more like Israel’s first king, Saul, than he was like either his father or his grandfather…


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After three years of stability, Rehoboam led Judah into apostasy. There are conscious parallels with Saul. The ‘unfaithfulness’ of v. 2 is the same term as that which was applied to Israel’s first king (1 Chr. 10:13). Rehoboam, therefore, has entered upon what might be termed a ‘Saul’ period in his reign, which contrasts with the early phase, in which he ‘walked . . . in the way of David and Solomon’.

J. G. McConville, Chronicles

So, in light of all we’ve discussed to this point, about history rhyming through abortion, let’s get back to our original shocking question and rephrase it:


What if Rehoboam’s story helps you see that Donald Trump may have been chosen to help bring the story of the United States to its end?


Consider this statement by the Donald, in light of your Gray Rhino…


STEPHANOPOULOS: Hothead, offends everyone, doesn’t listen. You’re going to have change your approach?

TRUMP: Well, I don’t think so, because you know, one by one they’re dropping out. I’m against — I was against 16 other candidates and, you know, I’m being divisive right now because I want to win. I know how to win; that’s what I have to do.

Ultimately if I do win, I’m going to be a great unifier, George. I will be a great unifier for the country.

The country right now is terribly divided by a president that doesn’t know how to lead and he’s a very divisive person.

I will be a great unifier. You will be surprised to see that but you will see that.

Trump: I’m Being “Divisive” Because I Want To Win, Interview With George Stephanopoulos, This Week, October 25, 2015

A great unifier? But what if this is a better description?


“For almost all of American history, even presidents with strong views have realized that part of their job was to try to unite the country. Starting with Donald Trump’s inaugural address, he suggests an opposite point of view — that uniting the country is not part of his job, and that he thinks a president becomes more powerful if he divides.”

— Presidential historian Michael Beschloss

Americans have grown to hate presidents of the other party, By Neil Rothschild, Axios, August 9, 2018

Most people don’t see your President as a unifier.


Just about everybody does agree on this: By an overwhelming 78 percent-11 percent, those surveyed say the country has become more divided since Trump took office in January 2017, not more united.

Poll: Americans can agree that the nation is divided. Beyond that, they don’t agree on much. By Susan Page and Bill Theobald, USA TODAY, December 20, 2018

So, unless Donald changes his whole orientation by embracing the relational quest which your King of kings commands him to pursue, our team now thinks his pride and divisiveness is not going away.

And, if it isn’t going away, then you may want to meditate on this…


And here’s one more verse from the Bible (this is another biggie): “Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).

There’s often a fine line between confidence and arrogance, between self-assurance and pride (often, the line is anything but fine), and, to many of us following you with interest, you seem to have crossed that line. Pride really does kill!

AN OPEN LETTER TO DONALD TRUMP, by DR. MICHAEL BROWN, Barbwire, August 27, 2015

Pride kills. And what if Donald isn’t the only one who will fall?

What if Donald Trump will somehow take your country down with him?

We promised we’d come back to your most qualified man Drollinger and his comparison of Trump to Samson. We can see on one level how the comparison fits since you Christians chose Trump as a strong man, or as your prophet Wallnau says, “a wrecking ball”.

But, look how Samson’s story ended after his affair with Delilah created a disastrous gap for him as she betrayed him over to the Philistines…


Now the lords of the Philistines gathered to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to rejoice, and they said, “Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hand.”And when the people saw him, they praised their god. For they said, “Our god has given our enemy into our hand, the ravager of our country, who has killed many of us.” And when their hearts were merry, they said, “Call Samson, that he may entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he entertained them. They made him stand between the pillars. And Samson said to the young man who held him by the hand, “Let me feel the pillars on which the house rests, that I may lean against them.” Now the house was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there, and on the roof there were about 3,000 men and women, who looked on while Samson entertained.

Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “O Lord God, please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes.” And Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and he leaned his weight against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other. And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” Then he bowed with all his strength, and the house fell upon the lords and upon all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he had killed during his life. 

Judges 16:23-30


And look at these comments on Samson’s story…


[A]lthough Yahweh is largely absent from the narrative, in one way or another his agenda is being achieved in Samson’s life. At the same time, while Yahweh’s agenda is being achieved, the course of Samson’s life is all downhill, a fact reflected by the fivefold repetition of the verb yarad, ‘to go down’ (14:1, 5, 7, 19; 15:8).

Daniel Block, Judges, Ruth

Even Samson’s turn back to God is marked more by his desire for personal revenge against the Philistines than for deliverance for his people. In essence, Samson remains, to the very end, selfish, just as he remained until nearly the very end, clueless (see 16:20). That both Samson and the Israelites demonstrate such persistent unfaithfulness and self-assertion, thus thwarting God’s purpose to deliver them from Philistine oppression, means that Judges 13—16 functions as a call to repentance, as does all the prophetic literature.

J. Clinton McCann, Judges

“The life and acts of Samson . . . are described . . . with an elaborate fulness [sic] which seems quite out of proportion to the help and deliverance which he brought to his people. . . . And whilst the small results that followed from the acts of this hero of God do not answer the expectations that might naturally be formed from the miraculous announcements of his birth, the nature of the acts which he performed appears still less to be such as we should expect from a hero impelled by the Spirit of God. His actions not only bear the stamp of adventure, foolhardiness, and willfulness, when looked at outwardly, but they are almost all associated with love affairs; so that it looks as if Samson had dishonored and fooled away the gift entrusted to him, by making it subservient to his sensual lusts, and thus had prepared the way for his own ruin, without bringing any essential help to his people. . . .

C. F. Keil, and Franz Delitzsch, Joshua, Judges, Ruth

Yes. Some people will describe the turning point in a story as the gospel element.It’s the aha! It’s the recognition. In classic terms it’s the anagnorisis, this sudden awareness of a fatal flaw and how to fix it. They have spent most of the story following rabbit trails that didn’t work out, and then suddenly by God’s grace, they discover an answer and that answer is the gospel, so to speak, loosely defined, that enables the person to come out of the story in a good way. Or the person, the protagonist, can ignore that message, and you have a tragedy like in the case of Samson. Samson is a tragedy.

Influencing Culture Through Media Arts, Darrell L. Bock and Reg Grant, The Table, March 12, 2013

Will the story of America become a tragedy? And will the story of America end ironically?

And, if Trump goes down, will he go down quietly?

Opinion writers on different sides of your aisle tend to agree how Donald may play out your unfolding drama…


Trump is not Nixon, who, like Charles I, accepted his fate and let the executioner’s sword fall with dignity.

If Trump goes, one imagines, he will not go quietly.

In the words of the great Jerry Lee Lewis, there’s gonna be a “whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.”

UNLIKE NIXON, TRUMP WILL NOT GO QUIETLY, By Pat Buchanan, World Net Daily, December 14, 2017

The country is in a perilous position. It is in the hands and under the thumb of a man now motivated by a primal survival instinct, a consuming egotism and a petrifying fear of ignominy.

At this point, nothing is beyond the possible, no matter how ill advised and how ultimately destructive. In Trump’s mind, I can only imagine, he has settled on a strategy in the case of his own administration’s Armageddon: If he’s going down, the whole system is going down with him.

Signs of a Political Armageddon, By Charles M. Blow, New York Times, April 12, 2018

A warning to my Republican friends: The worst is yet to come. Thanks to the work of Robert Mueller — a distinguished public servant, not the leader of a “group of Angry Democrat Thugs” — we are going to discover deeper and deeper layers to Mr. Trump’s corruption. When we do, I expect Mr. Trump will unravel further as he feels more cornered, more desperate, more enraged; his behavior will become ever more erratic, disordered and crazed.

The Full-Spectrum Corruption of Donald Trump, By Peter Wehner, New York Times, August 25, 2018

With his reference to pulling the temple down, Pierce is alluding to the Biblical hero Samson. It’s an apt analogy, as Trump has practiced his own version of the Samson Option, coercing consent by threatening to annihilate everyone around him in addition to himself.

Trump’s “torch-it-all strategy,” as Allen calls it, is a return to form for the man who, as a presidential candidate, defeated his rivals with political nihilism. Unlike career politicians, he wasn’t bound to his political party by a shared ideology or web of social connections. He might have had hidden financial debts, but in political terms he was not beholden to anyone in the GOP and, unlike other politicians, didn’t have to worry the costs of alienating the party.

In short, Trump had nothing to lose, so he was willing to say anything to win, ranging from petty insults (“Little Marco”) to bizarre conspiracy theories (like the claim Ted Cruz’s father was connected to the assassination of John F. Kennedy) to ideologically heterodox statements (saying George W. Bush lied about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction).

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Because of Trump’s commitment to the Samson Option, the norm-breaking we’ve seen is only the beginning. The deeper he sinks in scandal, the more mud Trump will sling. He may well pull the temple down on himself and those around him, shouting, “Let me die with the Washingtonians!”

Trump Won’t Hesitate to Tear It All Down, By JEET HEER, The New Republic, May 28, 2018

What if Donald was chosen for just such a time as this…


The pressures which Samson faced make him a contemporary figure. Twentieth-century Christians face the danger of assimilation, of being slowly and imperceptibly squeezed into the mold of the world around us. Therefore, what God did with and through Samson has a special meaning for our times.

Gary Inrig, Hearts of Iron, Feet of Clay

And if your God allows him to play the story out that way, well, Paula showed us this passage…


Do you not know? Do you not hear?
    Has it not been told you from the beginning?
    Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
    and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
    and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
who brings princes to nothing,
    and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.

Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
    scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows on them, and they wither,
    and the tempest carries them off like stubble.

Isaiah 40:21-24 


Have you not heard?


“He blows on them and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.”


And all this has made us wonder about another crazy question…


Was Donald Trump Chosen to Help Americans Think More Than They Normally Do About the Major Dramatic Question —

How Will This
Turn Out?


Here, once again, is Robert McKee’s explanation of the power of the major dramatic question…


Curiosity drives the thirst for knowledge – our intellectual need to solve puzzles and answer questions. Empathy drives the hunger for connection – our emotional need to identify with others and root for their well-being.

When the rational and emotional sides of life merge, they generate the phenomenon of suspense. Suspense, simply put, is curiosity charged with empathy.

Suspense focuses the reader/audience by flooding the mind with emotionally tinged questions that hook and hold attention:

“What’s going to happen next?”

“What’ll happen after that?”

“What will the protagonist do? Feel?”

And the major dramatic question (MDQ) that hangs suspended over the entire telling: “How will this turn out?”

These powerful questions so grip our concentration that time vanishes.

Robert McKee, Dialogue

And as you can see, they sure have our attention.


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