“God’s Anointed One” Will Attend the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Atlanta Tonight

You read that title correctly. President Donald J. Trump, better known to many American Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals as the Anointed One of the Lord, will attend the College Football Playoff National Championship game. That game will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, tonight. The University of Alabama Crimson Tide will face off against the University of Georgia Bulldogs at 8:00 p.m. EST on ESPN and ESPN App.

Earlier this evening, some of the major TV news outlets presented stories on the extraordinary levels of security being implemented to protect the Anointed One of the Lord (and the football fans) from terrorists, assassins, and other villains. The video footage made the area around the stadium look like a heavily armed fortress where desperate fighting could break out at any minute—police in warfare gear, police snipers, military/police robots, and the whole nine yards. It was a truly bizarre-looking scene for an innocent college football game. In my opinion Trump should have stayed home at Camp David or the White House. This would have spared fun-loving Southeastern Conference (SEC) football fans from the huge security hassle they are bound to experience tonight just to get into the stadium and find their assigned seats.

But n-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!!! the Anointed One of the Lord has special personal needs that have a much higher priority than those of ordinary people. He has needs that relate to holy scripture. These two Bible verses are famous. They were spoken by Jesus himself while He was dressing down the fundie religious leaders of his own time—-the Scribes and Pharisees. You may read these verses here:

The greatest among you shall be your servant.  For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted (Matthew 23: 11-12).

Is President Donald J. Trump a huge fan of SEC college football? I follow SEC football pretty closely, and I have never heard that he is. Why is the Anointed One of the Lord attending this football game?  If you have watched his behavior over the past two years, you should already know about his needs—and the answer to that question.

Trump is attending this football game to do what Jesus said a good and wise leader should not do—exalt himself in front of 71,000 football fans and an international television audience. This college football game should not be about Mr. Trump. It should be about the following:

(1)    The football players and coaches who have worked so hard all year

(2)    The families who love the players and coaches

(3)    The fans who love the coaches, players, and their teams

(4)    The team that gives their best effort to win the game

(5)    A fun and sporting time that is not polluted by crass political grandstanding.

But n-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!!!  Such clean simplicity is not enough for Trump. The Anointed One of the Lord wants to be “where the action is,” so he can move the center of public attention away from the football game and toward himself—to exalt himself. He wants to escape from the truth about his many lies and unChrist-like behaviors, which are reported daily by the excellent journalists at CNN. He wants to bask in what he hopes will be a monsoon of wild adoration from all 71,000 football fans and the TV audience. He wants to be the center of attention, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium is certainly the place to do exactly that tonight—and Trump knows that. Most of the fans in the stadium seats will be citizens of Georgia and Alabama, two classic Trumpian red states known to have high populations of Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals.

What you have to understand—and what many folks in places like Minnesota or Massachusetts would never understand—is this. The SEC fan base is not made up mostly of university students, university alumni, university endowment donors, university employees, and their kids named Biff and Buffy. On any given game day, most SEC football fans are common, everyday working people with names like Billy, Earl, Buford, Homer, and Floyd. They have never had any formal relationship with the major universities in their states. As the SEC commercial says:

It “just means more” to the common working class man and woman, too. I am talking about farmers, factory workers, coal miners, construction workers, cashiers, truck drivers, carnival barkers, and the poor old granny who lives next door. Most of them are Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals. Give or take a few, they are the constituency that elected President Trump. They are the ones who would still vote for him—even if he brazenly killed an innocent man just for fun on a sidewalk in Times Square. Thanks to evangelical leader Dr. Lance Wallnau (Click here  and here.), the fundie faithful do indeed see Trump as the Anointed One of the Lord, a unique and special vessel set aside by God to save their ole-timey fundie religion and southern redneck subculture from the road to annihilation. Trump is their earthly savior—nearly as much as Jesus is their spiritual Savior.

Many, perhaps most, of the fans in Mercedes-Benz Stadium tonight will be Trump supporters—true believers in the holy names Jesus and Trump. A number of these working class fans may have saved pocket change all year just to buy the expensive tickets to this game. Trump knows all of this.  Living in a failing White House filled to the brim with chaos and lies, Trump flees to a college football game tonight. His purpose is to steal attention, exalt himself, and bask in a level of adulation worthy of God himself. He is sure this adulation will come from the “true” fundie Christians and rural rednecks who have driven into Atlanta from small towns and sylvan fields all over Georgia and Alabama.

The only advice I would give to Mr. Trump is this. The words of Jesus in the New Testament at Matthew 23:11-12 are not mocked by your behavior and your worldly lusts. If you continue down this path of bizarre behavior, divisiveness, chaos, lies, and self-exaltation, a time may soon come when you end up severely humbled. Try reading the words of Jesus in the New Testament—and take them seriously—rather than having your fundie pastor sycophants thump them for you.

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