There is a strong warning in 2 Thessalonians (that would be Second Thessalonians, Donald) that has always caused me to shudder when confronting it in Bible study. It goes like this:
The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan, with all power and false signs and wonders, and with wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thes 2:8-12)
Oddly, I don’t so much shudder about the coming of the antichrist; I’ve been watching the world prepare for him for some time now. What is even more disconcerting to me is the fact that, even before the antichrist starts his deceptive mind games, God will be sending a strong delusion to those who have refused to accept the truth. This strong delusion will harden their hearts and minds so that they will no longer have the option of accepting the truth, but will actually be made to believe what is false. Let’s allow that to sink in for a moment.
I might point out here that whether or not you believe the Word doesn’t make a bit of difference as to its validity. Not believing it doesn’t negate it. God said He will send a strong delusion to cause hard-headed, self-righteous, non-repentant people to fall for the lies they’re being fed. This will also cause them to fall hook, line and sinker for the antichrist’s machinations when he arrives on the scene. And God will do it so that they may be condemned (found guilty and sentenced) for not accepting and trusting Jesus. There’s that shudder again…and I totally accept and trust Jesus.
Why does it get to me so intensely? Because I see it happening all around us! “Delusional” is the only way to describe what’s going on today. It’s apparent in all walks of life, but never more so than within Donald Trump’s political arena. People use terms like “fanatic”, “blinded”, “mesmerized”, etc., to describe the cult-like fascination Trump’s hard-line fans have with him. I’ll just go ahead and add “spellbound” because that’s what it seems like – that they are under a spell of sorts.
I could bring up many subjects that should have had Trump’s core group up in arms over his ever-varying positions on the policies they hold dear, immigration being one. The wall is another. But the one that fascinates me most is how amazingly silent they’ve been about Trump casually averring that he’ll out-borrow and out-spend Obama by a very, very, very large degree. Had I been a Trump fan, even on a hard-core level, that would have snapped me out of my “trance” and forced me to look at the horror of that possibility! Remember the crushing alarm we felt when we were picturing our children and grand-children working into their 90s to try to pay off the debt we already have?
Where did the fervor for righting that injustice go? It’s almost like a strong delusion has fallen upon the Trump-bots, and those vitally important issues just don’t matter anymore. Instead, it’s like they are believing the lie that adding more debt to our already incalculable tab will actually be a good thing. And, to top it off, it’s like they’re taking great pleasure in supporting this extremely reckless action-to-come.
I just can’t find another rational explanation for the lemming-like behavior we’re witnessing right now. I only know I don’t want any part of that delusional mindset and what it may lead to. I shudder to think.
Editor’s Note: I had a discussion a few weeks ago on this very topic. I didn’t assign Betty this story but I’m very glad she wrote it.