Bobby E. Mills, PhD
“He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 5:10). To be sure, a fool will say in the heart of his mind that money answers all things (the vanity of life). Money changing is bad for soul-salvation, because sometimes individuals attempt to buy and sell souls. “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” (Revelation 2:9).
Question: Can American culture; especially the American political system be liberated from the curse of money? I don’t know! However, the “Jury” is still out, but we all know how difficult it is for a rich man to go to heaven.
“Wealthy” drug dealers are exalted in American culture above spiritual-minded individuals, because of their wealth; even though they are selling death to the Nation. Many young men are recruited into homosexuality life-styles through drugs. And, by the way, many young women are recruited into prostitution seeking to “sell” something that is the “Gift of God” (LOVE). This is precisely why God hates prostitution.
Herein lies the Donald Trump phenomenon: Americans are listening to Donald Trump simply because he has the platform of wealth and money, not because he has a “good-spiritual- understanding” concerning life. It seems as though some Americans are willing to vote against their own best interests and that of the Nation for perceived “white-privilege.” But, we all know, that beyond a shadow of doubt: “Black lives Matter.” One of the wisest men recorded in biblical history said it best: “I am black, but comely, o ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me.” (The Song of Solomon 1:5-6).
The Bible says: “Answer a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.” (Proverbs 26: 4-6). But, more importantly, “When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.” (Proverbs 26: 25). The six “deadly sins” and the seventh is an abomination to God: “These six things doth the Lord hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed blood, a 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).
The love of money hinders the development of spiritual-moral-conscience, because individuals who have an abundance of money think they can buy “anything and everything”, including moral conscience as well as other individuals. Of course, anything money can buy is not “necessarily” good or bad, because money is simply a tool to advance spiritual mindset, be it good or bad. Listening to individuals simply because they are rich is always “an unwise” proposition, because… “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19: 24).
The Bible is replete with spiritual examples of the potential curse of money upon an individual’s life and lifestyle, because the deceitfulness of riches can choke off the Word of God, and an individual becomes spiritually unfruitful. Therefore, money is a tool that individuals should use as tools, not use as fools to enslave themselves to the vanity of this world. In case you have momentary lapses of knowledge (memory), earth is your natural habitat but trust me, not your home. Unfortunately, too many Americans use money as fools, which in turn, engender self-enslavement. Sometimes even the good that rich individuals do with their wealth becomes bad, because of inappropriate spiritual motivations. Motive is the domain where sin resides (devil’s workshop). This is precisely why police agencies in seeking to solve crimes always first look for who has the motive plus the opportunity.
Questions: What is propelling the Trump Phenomenon? What does the Trump Phenomenon say about the philosophical tenets of the Republican Party?
Unfortunately, in the 21st century the answer to both questions is: “White Privilege.” That is, the dehumanizing vestiges of chattel slavery and institutional racism. The physical signs have been pulled down, but the heart of the mind of too many “individuals” have not changed. After a bloody Civil War, institutionalized Jim Crowism, institutionalized racism, a Civil Rights Act and a Voting Rights Act the racial divide still remains as a “color-ordinated-chasm. The “American melting pot” is simply a noble theory, not a living reality. Shame, shame, and more shame on the “use-to-be” Party of Abraham Lincoln, an avid reader of the Holy Bible, because now the Republican Party is the “Dixiecrat Exclusionary Party” based upon “White Privilege.”
All spiritually-minded Americans should embrace this scripture: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28). Selah!