Brainwashing as “Positive Thinking”…

Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise. Adolf Hitler

Meditation Our president applies grandiose and positive thinking to all he does. No matter how bizarre it might seem, he “creates reality” by making things up and make things appear to be real. He proclaims many wins and gains, when in reality things are faltering and failing. He announces victories, when in reality many of his political endeavors are embarrassing disasters. If you call an apple a banana long enough, people will give in and join you in switching their perception and language. We can call this method brainwashing. Scientology and other religious organizations/cults like the “Positive Thinking Church” of Norman Vincent Peal use this method with its members. Trump attended Peal’s church growing up and learned to use this method of changing and manipulating people’s perceptions. The Episcopal Church writes about Peal’s teachings: “They influence, mislead and often disillusion sick, maladjusted, unhappy or ill-constructed people, obscuring for them the Christian realities.”

Prayer: God, as this president uses his religious background to get his way, let us learn more about where he comes from and how he uses the indoctrination of “positive thinking.” We see behind these methods the abuse of religion and the manipulation of the masses, just as Hitler did. Wake us up! Us who are Your church in the US and worldwide, so that we can start a theological debate and if necessary a theological fight. Alert us where Christianity is being misused for capitalistic, narcissistic and nationalistic gains. Let us not allow this president and his propaganda machine to abuse the Christian faith and misuse it for his purposes. Amen

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1. Peter 5: 8-9