The Political Age Of Alternative Facts
The editorial writer’s professional educational training is grounded in both theology, as well as, sociology: Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and Syracuse University. The objectives of my editorial writings in The Forward Times Newspaper are twofold: (a) Any comprehensive sociological perspective about society, social institutions, and human relationships have their intellectual foundation grounded in theological concepts and constructs, (b) theology is about pure facts that is the reality of God. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so they are without excuse: because that when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful: but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and to fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.” (Romans 1: 18-23). Sin transforms human beings into animals without “soul” consciousness of God.
Sociology is about family, society, institutional arrangements, as well as, interpersonal relationships. This is precisely why my editorial writings have “Biblical-Scriptural” foundations, because all of the categories of “human understanding” are recorded in the Bible: Time, Class, Space, and Number. God’s “divine” ways are not human ways. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9).
The politically coined phrase alternative facts are lies that “shallow-minded” politicians contrive as attempts to circumvent reality. The Truth is the Truth, not the truth as an individual desires the truth to be. “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among the brethren.” (Proverbs 6: 16-19). Question: Does this remind you of someone you know?
The Republican Party primary process commenced with seventeen individuals, and one by one, they were eliminated; in fact, decimated by chronic-habitual-lying. Lies have won for a little while, but in the end TRUTH shall prevail. “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, if ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed: and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8: 32). The “Truth” does not need any help, and when an individual walks and talks in the truth “Trouble” will show-up.
Without a doubt, all faithful Christians truly know that GOD has the last word. This editorial is dealing with social facts as we know them to be. Unfortunately, many of the individuals who were victims of “bold-face-lies” in the Republican Party primary process are now seeking honorific benefits from the perpetrator. Most of these men and “one” woman must be “political-party-loyalists” of low-self-esteem and questionable spiritual-moral character. It has rightly been said that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. For after all, the love of power and money are a deadly combination: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8: 36-37). Question: Is it “alternative facts” (lies)? Seemingly President Trump only believes in himself; not God, because only he can fix what is wrong in his “narrow-minded-opinion” with American society.
In no unequivocal manner there must be organized political efforts, on both sides of the isle as a “spiritual-faithful-loyal-opposition” to bold-face-lying by a Presidential administration utilizing alternative facts. “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” (Colossians 3: 23-24). It’s not about the Party, but the TRUTH of GOD. In the sight of God equal is equal, and not more or less equal. It’s not about the PARTY, but what is in the best interests of America, and above all, every citizen, and every family. It appears that President Trump is only interested in himself and his family, and America and the rest of the world can go to hell in a hand basket. God has blessed America, and America is a “CITY” set on a hill for the world to see that what is ultimately good for America is also good for the rest of the world. Question: Can we actually “truthfully” say this is the case with President Trump? The answer is a resounding “HELL NO”! But, he must be held accountable by a Free-Press and godly legislators who have the best interests of America at heart. God blessed America before President Trump’s parents came to America, and has blessed him in spite of his greed for power and money, habitual lying, disrespect for women, minorities, and religious bigotry. Although, President Trump has lived in New York City all of his life, it should be clear to all why President Trump probably has never really understood these profound spiritual words inscribed on the Statute of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”. President Trump wants to and probably will “subliminally” replace these sacred spiritual words with “Let’s Build That Wall”. Walls can make good neighbors, and walls can make bad neighbors on both sides of the wall. Shallow minded politicians and “Alternative-Facts” have moral consequences, and the consequences will show-up at the most inopportune time.
President Trump’s administrative team, as well as, Cabinet level appointees must spiritually understand that they do not work “for” President Trump, but they work for and on behalf of the American people. While, on the other hand, they must work with the President as an effective administrative team on behalf of the American people, because there is not an “I” in the spelling of the concept team. The human “I”, as we know it to be, is smack-dab in the middle of “sin”. God is the only self-sufficient “I” in the universe. Selah!