Thursday, March 29, 2012

7. The Power of Charismatic Personalities

     Recognizing that it is God Who has first acknowledged the waywardness of man, let us move on towards the exposure of the reflexive domains within the liberal minded political, religious, and financial constructs.
     Reflexivity breeds personal truth where ideology prevails over reality. Leaders entice simple minds with their ideologies, and are believable, not because of truth, facts, or reality, but most often because of imbued sentiment. Cultic leaders are attractive for many reasons. But why is this? Why are cultic leaders and their false promises and teachings so attractive? Is it their charismatic personalities; their perceived nobleness; their ever-increasing ideologies that seem to change with the tides everyday. . . perhaps so, perhaps all.
     But it is also within the heart of man to allow himself down a deceptive path for there must be a way out of his predicament; his conflict; his constant contradiction of what is and what ought to be. "The toiling masses, the immense majority of mankind who are suffering under the incessant, meaningless, and hopeless toil and privation in which their whole life is swallowed up, still find their keenest suffering in the glaring contrast between what is and what ought to be, according to all the beliefs held by themselves, and those who have brought them to that condition and keep them in it. . . The sufferings of the working classes, springing from the contradiction between what is and what ought to be, are increased tenfold by the envy and hatred engendered by their consciousness of it." (Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God is Within You, p. 79).
     Man desires a deliverer, no matter what his class, or creed. He wants to believe that his leader's ideology is the truth and the true way for him to be set free from his conflict, poverty, and pain. Poverty comes not only in financial lack, but in educational, social, and moral decay. The ideology of the reflexive leader meets me at my pain and his words are soothing to my soul. His words become my truths and I am willing to serve his ideologies even though somewhere deep inside my conscious is telling me, 'this may be too good to be true'. I take a blinds eye to his exploitation of the people he is chosen to serve.
     If there is any inkling to the pricking of the conscious wherein I find myself being sold on an ideal that is 'too good to be true', then it is what it is, too good to be true. It's time to walk away.
     This basic concept is so simple and yet it acts as a hook to catch many folk even still. The reason being is that there are always children growing into adolescents growing into young adults growing into influence and paychecks; or, in the domain, viewed as pawns that the sensuous leader can use for his own purposes. Oswald Chambers says to test your teachers. "There are two tests - one is the fruit of the life of the preacher, and the other is the fruit of the doctrine. The fruit of a man's life may be perfectly beautiful, and at the same time, he may be teaching a doctrine which, if logically worked out, would produce the devil's fruit in other lives. It is easy to be captivated by a beautiful life and to argue therefore what he teaches must be right. Jesus says, 'Be careful, test your teacher by his fruit.' The other side is just as true, a man may be teaching beautiful truths and have magnificent doctrine while the fruit in his own life is rotten."  (Oswald Chambers, The Complete works of Oswald Chambers, Discovery House Publishers, p. 1468).
     We see this played out everyday and everyday we disregard the signs. If a leader decides to lead people in a way as to incite bigotry, racism, or violence, that leader is leading others to the devil's fruit. His fruit is his heart and his followers he is responsible for. Laws have been created to hold bar tenders and party holders accountable for the alcohol that their constituents consume so that they don't serve the drunk so much so as to enable the drunk to go out at night and kill someone with a vehicle. Inciteful words are more important and have killed more people than alcohol ever could. Leaders will held accountable. 
     Jesus said, "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inward they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you shall know them."   (Matthew 7:15-20, NKJV).
     We are to test our teachers and leaders and our leaders have to be open and forthright enough to allow their fruit to be examined. This Jesus principle is not to create mistrust in our religious and political leaders. However, the examination must be commensed and continued as long as there is a leader and a follower. There must be a willingness to communicate specificity in honesty, integrity, and reality. Does my leader dwell in the propensity of light?
     Solomon said, "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
     Fear God and keep His commandents,
     For this is man's all.
     For God will bring every work into judgement,
     Including every secret thing,
     Whether good, or evil.                (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, NKJV)


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