I woke up at 4 a.m. this morning. After getting up to pee, my brain decided to stay awake. Usually, when this happens, I start trying to sort out how to say things in Spanish. That’s because I take Spanish lessons every day and want to become good enough to understand a whole lot more of what my Mexican friends are saying. (In case you didn’t know, I moved to Mexico in July of 2016.)
But this a.m. I was thinking about an article I’d read the day before, about how a ‘Christian’ minister said if Trump is impeached or removed from the White House for any reason, there will be civil war. So, at 4 a.m. I found myself pondering why so many ‘Christians’ are still thrilled with Trump.
I mean, think about it. Trump lies more than he tells the truth, he’s self-centered and self-aggrandizing, he’s a proud p***y-grabber, he sees women as lowly creatures put on earth to be used by men, he loathes anyone that doesn’t have white to orange skin (no darker), he cheats hard working citizens out of the money he owes them, he’s as ignorant as a fence post, doesn’t read, doesn’t care to know about history or science, gives a shit about our precious planet, and the list goes on. So why is the ‘Christian’ community so in love with this disgusting form of human life?
That’s the question that I asked myself, and the answer popped into my mind, fully formed. Trump represents their shadow. The shadow side of our unconscious are typically those aspects of ourselves we don’t want to look at, certainly don’t want to admit they exist. To become emotionally healthy, though, it is essential we discover and acknowledge our shadow selves. Only then can we begin the process of self-improvement and personal development.
Before you get your panties all in a wad, let me say that one of my dearest friends is a Christian Minister. See last paragraph to understand what I mean by Christian, which is not the same as a ‘Christian.’
My experience of fundamentalist ‘Christians’ is that they are very judgemental of anyone who is different; in color, in culture, in beliefs, and in lifestyle. Most disturbing are that those judgments so easily turn into hate.
When I had just graduated 8th grade, which in Los Angeles, was the end of junior high school, I was dragged, kicking and screaming, and lots of crying, to Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was a huge culture shock. But at that age, I was unaware of the Bible Belt into which I’d been plopped.
An ugly part of the Tulsa culture is their history with the black people in that community. I was simply told, “They stay on their side of town.” Little did I know how horrible their history is. If you are interested in learning how the whites destroyed the thriving, and quite successful black community, known as The Black Wall Street, here’s an interesting, albeit sickening article: 8 Successful and Thriving and Successful Black Communities Destroyed by Racist White Neighbors.
I also have a little bit of experience judging others for not believing the ‘right’ way. I joined the Mormon Church when I was in 7th grade. Why? Pretty simple, really. I had a boyfriend who was Mormon who wanted me to join his church. He even baptized me. I was a Mormon all through high school, and I can remember wishing everyone knew ‘the truth.’ Argh… Very embarrassing, but I’m proud to say I was excommunicated. It was easy. I wrote to the church and asked to have my name removed from their records. They said they’d have to excommunicate me to make that happen and I said, please do it.
So back to why ‘Christians’ love Trump. He represents their shadow selves. But being who and how he is, they don’t have to look inside their souls and acknowledge that those same ugly qualities that make Trump Trump are buried within them. He makes it look like those are good qualities. They can say, “See, look how successful he is. He’s the kind of man who we can look up to.”
A big piece of this puzzle isn’t that Christians won’t open their minds to other than what they currently believe, it’s that they can’t. Here’s an article I read months ago, and after searching for over an hour, found again. It’s well worth the read if you want to understand the mindset of a scary sector of the American people: An Insiders View: The Dark Rigidity Of Fundamentalist Rural America.
Discovering our shadow selves requires an honest look in the mirror. When people are embedded into a certain way of thinking, and everyone around them thinks the same way, we end up with the disaster that is now dividing the US.
The world is watching, many are laughing at Trump and his followers, even here in Mexico, and it’s anyone’s guess how this gruesome dark story is going to end.
For me, the saddest part of what is happening is the blatant disregard for our planet, and total lack of compassion for our fellow travelers on Mamma Earth. I had no idea so much harm could be done in such a short time.
By the way, in case you were wondering why I wrote ‘Christian’ this way, it’s because from what I know about Christ, the type of ‘Christians’ I’m describing above are fake Christians, pretending to follow Christ. If the Bible is even a little big accurate about Christ’s life and teachings, he lived and breathed what I teach in The CorD Way. It isn’t necessary to BE a Christian to LIVE as Christ taught. Compassion, caring, and connection, rather than creating and applauding division, is what REAL Christianity is.
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