“…and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8.32- ESV – Jesus
The Truth/Facts about @realDonaldTrump and where he is taking America
are clear but the implications are
so great, so dangerous, and so catastrophic,
that most of us (including a good number of his followers)
simply do not want to confront or accept it.
WHAT IS THE TRUTH???!!!!
TRUTH/FACT: Donald Trump is a deeply flawed man.
He is a pathological liar
He lies incessantly, impulsively and
in all things small and great.
He is a narcissist
(i.e. extremely self-centered, and selfish)
far more than the usual politician.
He is mean
He attacks and seeks to hurt people personally
and not always because he is ‘fighting back’,
he often responds to disagreements
with personal attacks.
He is amoral
He appears to have no sense or commitment
to the difference between right and wrong.
He will attack other people of wrongdoing
that he himself is guilty of
without the slightest hint of self-awareness.
All his choices and actions boil down to
what is best for him:
not his wife, not his children, not the Republican party, not his team, not his staff, not his (now ‘close’) friends, not America’s allies, not America’s interests,
just what is best for him in the moment!!!!
He appears to lack empathy
He is not (easily?) moved
by the feelings and experiences of others.
He appears unwilling to personally exert himself
(when he is not speaking before adoring crowds).
He is not a student of history.
He spends a lot of time watching TV.
He has a significant amount of ‘executive time’ each day.
He spends a lot of time golfing.
He is impulsive
He often acts without forethought and deliberation.
He may not always be tethered to reality
He appears to believe some of his own lies.
He refuses to believe facts contrary to his own narrative/interpretation.
The TRUTH: Donald Trump is not going to and will not change
There will be no ‘pivot’
to a nicer or another version
He has not ‘lied’ to us about who he is
Old clips of his younger days show that
he has always thought he has the answer to every problem, and
he must always have the last word.
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time [Maya Angelou]
Truth/Fact: Every Tree Bears Fruit that is natural to it!
“Beware of the false prophets, [teachers] who come to you dressed as sheep [appearing gentle and innocent], but inwardly are ravenous wolves.16 By their fruit you will recognize them [that is, by their contrived doctrine (i.e. teaching) and self-focus]. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?17 Even so, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the unhealthy tree bears bad fruit.18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.20 Therefore, by their fruit you will recognize them [as false prophets].[Matthew 7.15-20 AMP: Jesus]
on the basis of his personal ‘interactions’ (relationship?)
with adversaries and allies:
Vladimir Putin, Kim Jung Un, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau etc.
North Korea is still firing missiles off
Russia and the US are entering a new nuclear arms race
Trump has dictatorial tendencies
he appears to want to skip the ‘rule of law’ if he can:
“Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.” Donald Trump 08/23/2019
America as a Beacon of Light (‘the city on a hill‘) is not in good hands
When an organization/country changes its values,
does it continue to be the same organization/country?
Will Trump willingly leave office or be forced out if/when he looses in 2020?
Will he sow discord in society to avoid accepting defeat?
Will America welcome fleeing refugees anymore?
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
…Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” [Statue of Liberty Poem]
Will the rights of a free press continue unchallenged
in the era of so called ‘fake news’ claims?
Will the body politic aspire towards a national, political, economic, and Judeo-Christian ethos characterized by
individual freedoms, integrity in public office, rule of law, ‘United’ States, fully representative democracy, or will it
devolve into moral relativism, factionalism, regionalism, and division?
We are in for a rough ride
Walking in on young pageant contestants in their dressing rooms; “Grab them [women] by their ….”:
More corruption of morals by a sitting President
Trump University scandal and subsequent court settlement:
More Deceit, more corruption
4 (5?) Bankruptcies:
Wreck the American Economy
Thousands of Lawsuits:
Tying up the American system of checks and balances in knots
with fights between the different branches of government, i.e.
the courts, congress, and the executive branch.
Two divorces, plus cheating on spouses:
Broken promises to the people of America
Paying off Stormy Daniels and other Scandals in order to win:
More corruption of the American Democracy like you have never seen before.
All powerful, corrupt and (perhaps evil) political leaders
have periods of ‘good results’
when the majority of people appear to love them,
when it seems they had success after success,
when it seems they survived again and again,
going from one potential disaster to another, that is,
‘Chemistry‘ is mutual physical attraction and a shared approach to life,
(see above), unfortunately,
will not be enough for the long haul.
You would not invest in the stock market solely by instinct;
you need additional information to inform your ‘instinct’;
why then would you invest your life based solely on instinct?
‘Live in the moment’?
Only if you have only one moment to live.
‘Take a risk?’
Would you jump out of an airplane
without a parachute and/or
without being reasonably sure it works?
We can do this; Let’s do this!!
Note: I apologies for the gap between the last post and this, Apologies for the gap between the last post and this. My excuse? Life Happened (Work, car crashes in the family, etc.). Email me your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fulfilling, loving, mutually satisfying, meaningful, and long lasting relationships boils down to one thing:
both partners in the relationship, without pre-conditions and with 100% sincerity commit themselves to make the other person feel
safe, loved, happy, accepted, appreciated, understood, and
Be “…like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” [Apostle Paul]
To do this requires
(from both sides),
(psychological, social, and emotional);
children are innocent and beautiful to behold
but they can also be incredibly selfish, foolish, insensitive and unstable;
‘man-child’ partners, and ‘baby-girl’ ‘diva’ personalities
find it hard to focus selflessly on others, and
often ruin the chances for long term happy relationships;
trust, and vulnerability, because
to love without pre-conditions is risky, and
to open up to real love means to open up to deep hurt;
the ability to forgive and overlook your partner’s fault(s):
(a generous spirit/heart);
‘The teeth and tongue will get in each other’s way sometimes,’ and
it’s not pleasant when they do, but
they must find a way to work together
for the greater good of the body(!)
(in this case the relationship);
An ever growing record of hurts in a relationship
will crush it.
Let your relationship be like a room,
a pleasant place where you both like to relax
and savor each other’s company; one
that is swept clean daily,
of the dust/dirt
(hurts of past days, weeks, and months),
whose windows and doors are constantly open
to allow sunlight and
fresh breeze through.
“When Somebody Loves You Back”
(Teddy Pendergrass )
It’s so good lovin’ somebody; When somebody loves you back
To be loved and be loved in return It’s the only thing that my heart desires Just appreciate the little things I do Oh, you’re the one who’s got me inspired Keep on liftin’, liftin’ me higher
We can build a world of love, a life of joy Make our goal each other’s happiness I will do for you anything that I can Oh, everyday I wanna do a little more Do a little more, just a little bit more
Said now 70-30 Now 60-40 Talkin’ ’bout a 50-50 love, yeah
More tomorrow! You Can Do This, Let’s Do This!
Note: I have been married 36 years, with 4 grown children, and have spent 30 years in ministry including counselling many couples, at all stages of their relationships. You can say I have been ‘around the block’ a few times.
Email me your questions on relationships and I will answer them as best as I can.