“Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing”…

I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. I do not see why man should not be just as cruel as nature. Adolf Hitler

Our rights are not given to us by man. Our rights come to us from our Creator. No matter what, no earthly force can take those rights away. Donald Trump

Meditation: As a theologian, it is scary to hear when politicians are calling on “The Creator” to justify their behavior. When God is being equated with “Nature” –the God of the Jewish/Christian faith actually ceases to exist. When ignoring and reducing Jesus Christ as the expression of a transcendent “Thou” into the vague category of “Nature”, all norm giving categories that make humanity human (like ethical norms as justice, moral norms as respect and spiritual norms as love or forgiveness) are being wiped away. Instead the idol called “Nature” (standing for “brutality”) or a declared “Natural Order” (standing for “survival of the fittest”) is being worshiped, and thereby  the oppression of a dominant leader or an oppressive group justified. This had been in history and is still today the perversion of religion at its most hidden and at its most brutal. Unfortunately today many Christian leaders and congregations in the US are once again falling for the masquerade when hearing the term “Creator God”. They think as long as these words are still being used, the leaders they follow must have a spiritual core. They don’t realize that these words are just being used in a political scheme lead by “wolves in sheep’s clothing”.

Prayer: God, once again we encounter leaders who pose as “prophets” promising “Heaven” to the masses in form of wealth, work or privilege. They use Your name in vain by claiming “the Creator God” to be on their side, while in reality they set themselves absolute and worship only themselves. God, we see their fruits. We recognize their scheme. We recognize them as false prophets. Open the eyes of the many, especially religious communities that are being led astray. God have mercy! Amen

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. Matthew 7: 15-17 (ESV)