The Father of Lies…

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it. Adolf Hitler

Meditation: There are certain principles that Hitler used to manipulate the masses. The above is one of them. People around the world wondered “How could the German people fall for somebody like Hitler?” He presented as the “Father of Lies”. Isn’t there a parallel to today? Some of us may ask: “How can common Americans fall for somebody like Trump, especially the evangelical Christians?” Both men used the same tactic. They knew how to use mass media. Hitler did not have it as easy as Trump has it with Twitter. Hitler just took longer to infiltrate people’s brains than Trump does. Both men knew what they were doing. Both used people’s need for simplification of reality and people’s eagerness to follow a power projecting leader figure that promised them whatever they wanted to hear. It is amazing how we humans don’t learn from history, but allow it to repeat itself. It seems to me that European history is not being taught in American schools in the depth it might need to be for Americans to understand the dynamics behind last century’s Nationalist movement in Germany. And so it takes a long time for the American people to get a grip on the Nationalist movement that is in full force here in the US.

Prayer: God, we see how lies are being made big and simple. We see these lies even being taken seriously and discussed by critical news agencies. And just by repeating certain words and phrases, even as a disclaimer, those lies are becoming reality. God of truth, we see the manipulation of the masses happen again. We feel the danger that is inherent in a political movement like this that has no respect for humanity. We pray that truth will prevail and that our democratic institutions will be strong enough to withstand this attack. God, have mercy! Amen

For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44