So why doesn’t Trump want people to see his tax returns? In all likelihood it is because he is not worth nearly as much as he boasts.
“Trump” is a brand that means wealth and success. His tax return would likely damage that brand.
The illusion that one is more successful than he really is is not an uncommon device among the wealthy. It’s also a tactic used by corporations (especially publicly traded ones). They seem to be pillars of success until they literally come tumbling down and we learn that they had been in trouble for some time.
Being a Christian, I offer no defense for this practice. “Thou shalt not lie.”
That said, your tax returns are your private business and there is no requirement that politicians make their’s publicly available. This business with Trump’s filings are nothing more than the continued assault by the Left to find anything they can to progress their narrative for a victory in 2020.
I find it all so ironic. I was opposed to Trump in the last election because, based upon his history before his presidency, he was not a conservative. Now, as a president with a track record, he has been among the most conservative presidents of the last one hundred years.
So what happened? Did Trump have a change of heart? No. The irony is that the Left flipped out when Clinton lost and waged this war on Trump and Trump reacted as his ego demanded. Trump has stood against the Left because they not only did not flatter him, but because they unceasingly attacked him.
In this way, the Left created the most conservative president of our lifetime. The irony.
The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
Pride is the great polluter of truth. While men may possess the knowledge of the truth, pride makes of it a canker. The man who thinks highly of himself does not fear God.
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”
Pride leaves a man without a defense for the truth. It should be an embarrassment to the arrogant, but being blinded by self-absorption it is left to the onlooker to be embarrassed on his behalf. Eventually pride will bring one low but the prideful will not acknowledge it.
When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.”
Perhaps in mercy you would admonish the arrogant man? Without divine grace what will be his response other than to harden his neck and double-down in pride.
A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
Of all graces, humility is the greatest. Without it we cannot love, will not show mercy, nor turn the object of our faith away from ourselves and onto God. May God grant us grace to always be putting pride to death for we are nothing until we think nothing of ourselves.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. “ —John 15:5
Alas for the day! for the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
The light is far spent. An evil moon is rising. Our freedoms are under open assault. Millennials and iGenners have little problem with the Caitlyn Jenners nor with the use of totalitarian force against those who stand for Biblical truth. The war against the Kingdom of Heaven is now a public spectacle. If God does not grant repentance, we are upon the precipice of a very dark future.
When God turns a people over to reprobation, everyone suffers. Those leaders claiming to be our saviors will bathe their swords in our blood.
As the light dims, are you preparing? I don’t refer to the hoarding of food and guns. I mean are you preparing spiritually for what is to come? Do you know Jesus Christ as your lord and savior? Have you repented of your sins and found your peace in Him?
Will you be faithful to Jesus when it costs you your means of making a living? Will you trade freedom in Christ for a compromised peace with the godless? Will you have heaven or will you have hell?
How do we prepare?
We prepare by giving diligent observance to the ordinary means of grace instituted by God in His word and empowered by His Holy Spirit. Are you following Christ? Do you “watch and pray” or will the day find you unprepared? Will you stand or will you be scattered?
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves in church. A faithful church is a mighty means of grace.
…not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Are you learning to make the word of God your chiefest treasure?
O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
Are you killing sin, or is sin killing you? Are you mortifying sinful passions or are you driven by them into the arms of unbelief? Are you setting your affections on things above and not on things on the earth?
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: for which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: in the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
If you look by sight you could easily think that Satan is winning. Make no mistake about it, God reigns. The evil that is upon us is not due to the lack of power on God’s part. Satan’s temporal victories are nothing more than the sounds of his death rattle for the war has already been fought and the old serpent lost. Christ won when he was declared to be the son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4).
When the last day arrives, it will be His enemies who cower in the cracks of the earth, for eternal doom will be upon them.
And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:for the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Where will you be when the Day of the Lord is upon you? Make no mistake about it; if you will not stand now, you will not stand then.
The future may very well be dark, but eternity without Christ will be Hell.
“White devil! White devil! Just shut up and listen!”
“But there are some problems with the charges you are making and we need to have a discussion, not a monologue.”
“See! You’re a racist!”
“Well to hell with you on the same boat with the Klan!” (this response is often thought, not said)
“I’m for the EMPOWERMENT of women! We need more women in tech!” (insert any vocation)
“So you are wanting to help women be more skilled at programming?”
“Yes! In our girls tech club on campus we talk about how to empower women in tech!”
“Aren’t you doing politics then—not actually teaching women how to be better at tech?”
“Well to hell with your female empowerment!” (again, often thought, not said)
Interactions like the above are all too common and the SJW nonsense is starting to unravel the positive gains of The Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and awaken men to the toxicity of Feminism.
I AM A WHITE MAN! I can’t escape the identity. Progressive ideologues and their idiot masses remind me of my whiteness and my “cis” maleness every day. Furthermore, I’m a racist because I refuse to virtue signal nonsense—I don’t believe it “justice” to punish the children for the sins of the fathers—I refuse to tolerate SJW’s monologues (it matters not that I treat white nationalists with the same contempt!)—I don’t consider a man’s ethnicity before giving him a fair hearing (how ironic!).
What is now happening is the awakening of a “white consciousness”. White people (especially white men) know we are white and it has been hammered into us that our people are “the white people”.
What the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s was so stunningly able to achieve, Progressive ideology is now unraveling. Martin Luther King Jr’s dream that “four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” appears to be fading off into the sunset as quickly as it had arrived.
All of this could not happen without feminism. One may wonder what today’s race issues have to do with feminism?
Feminism kicked off in a big way with giving women the power of the vote. Without that power, the socio-political landscape would be very different today. Feminism, through the power of the vote, has replaced a woman’s dependance on man with dependance on the state. Catch that: The “independent woman” of the feminist is a canard. The “patriarchy” is now the state!
For the Feminist, empowerment means socio-political power. It’s not about personal advancement through character and personal achievement.
Since state dependency means power for Progressive elites, what better way to gain such power than victimology along with its paradigms (e.g., intersectionality).
Are the lights turning on yet? Are you beginning to see WHY feminism, the race issue, immigration, and LGBT++++ are all flying under the same ideological banner? This dynamic is no longer going over the heads of white men (along with growing numbers of enlightened women and minorities).
What growing numbers of white men are collectively thinking, they aren’t yet saying. Why is that? Because white men have lost socio-political power to Feminism. To say what we are thinking comes with a very high price tag. It could even cost us our employment as some have painfully learned the hard way.
Ideas, however, inevitably work their way out. In the war on the white man, the giant has thus far been asleep but when he awakens it’s not going to be pretty for Jack. The giant won’t be in the clouds. He will have nothing to lose and no great height from which to fall.
I do not present this as my opinion. I believe this is a fair deduction from the facts. I believe this to be the reality of the situation we find ourselves in whether the reader agrees with me or not.
I will now move to my counsel on how we should be thinking about these things. We should not be as mere beasts to let come what may.
While the world is pressing this into a “War against the White Man”, we need to recognize this for what it really is—an idealogical war. As such, it is not really about race or gender. We should not allow the world to make us think that it is. Minorities and women are not the enemies of white men. The enemy is an ideology and those that promote it.
A Biblical worldview is not the exclusive domain of the white man (what a silly notion!). God is calling a people from every tribe and kindred to Christ and oneness in Him. He is calling a people from BOTH genders and yes, there are only 2! Faithful Christians should resist the urge to fall to world placating virtue signaling (as many do and are thereby driving men from the church in droves!) nor allow the deceit of Satan to lead us into thinking “those of my ethnicity/gender are my people!”
We do not need the solidarity of the white man, but oneness among all fair-minded people. This is an idealogical, socio-political and spiritual matter. We are therefore one with all of those that share our ideas. These ideas are not the private possession of white men!
Feminism along with the LGBT+++ agenda is antichrist and to be rejected as such. It is cosmic rebellion against God. We need a return to Biblical patriarchy. Only then will the light of the gospel shine forth in undiluted brilliance from our churches, the state be put back into its proper place, and the family restored to the social order.
We need the rule of Christ lest the rejection of God become our damnation.
“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” —Psalm 9:17