About five years ago, a faith leader offered me some political advice that I have greatly valued this year as this election cycle has hit new lows for mud slinging and propaganda. People are becoming divided as the propaganda quotient increases daily.
This faith leader's experience was confined to a single denomination, but in several locations representing divergent cultural demographics and varied ethnic compliments. These people all agreed on doctrine, but disagreed on politics by region. He warned me that immature Christians tend try to make their own political choices and opinions seem like the only morally correct opinions and choices … for all other Christians. In his experience, people of faith, with impeccable and unassailable family values and moral attributes and doctrinal agreement could take totally opposing positions on social issues and political candidates. How could he be minister to all without risking alienating half of his congregation? His answer was that political choices were not dictated by faith or morals. They were dictated by culture, influenced by habits, traditions, or propaganda. Now that's a bit of wise insight, but not the whole story.
“Name Calling,” as a propaganda device is intended to make us form a judgment without examining the evidence on which it should be based. It appeals to our hate and fear by giving “bad names” to those individuals, groups, nations, races, policies, practices, beliefs, and ideals that the propagandist would have us condemn and reject. It is used prolifically in politics but also in the religious realm as well. Biblical scholars say this is also common in the Hebrew scriptures, especially in reference to the ancient near eastern pagan gods. However, these word plays do not translate into English so modern readers nearly always miss these derogatory remarks in their Bibles.
During this current election year (2016), we have seen a lot of this technique. The Republican candidate rose to the nominationof his party, partly over his use of "Lying Ted," "Low Energy Jeb" and so on. He embraced "Crooked Hillary" early on and has stuck to that name. Of course, once the contest was reduced to only two candidates for the Oval Office, the voters have been subjected to name callng from both candidates, but largely leveled at each other until one crossed a political line establishing a new low for mud slinging by brandishing name calling against a quarter of the voting population.
For Christians paying attention, world domination will be recognized as the adversary's plan for humanity's subjugation for eventual destruction. The opposing ideology, nationalism, was actually invented by the Creator at Babel (Babylon) when He confused the languages which separated humanity into 10 nations. He did this to make it much harder for the Adversary to subject humanity to his will. Nationalism, in ancient times, saved humanity from universal slavery under pagan gods.
If a Believer wishes to resist the Adversary today on a large scale, he will be against political and economic machinations intended to bring all of humanity under a central control. Central Control has many names from New World Order to Anti-Colonialism to a Borderless Hemisphere or Borderless World. In the last century, political domination by force (World Wars I & II) has failed. The most recent effort for World Domination has been done by redistributing of wealth through economic control. This is instituted through international trade agreements, environmental taxes and heavy regulation of the wealth generating industries. This year, 2016, Americans have a choice between Nationalism and Globalism …