Is Donald Trump the Real Problem?

Is Donald Trump the real problem in America’s partisan divisiveness and political polarization? It’s an important political question but also an important spiritual question.

00:00 – Introduction
01:20 – Question: How can Americans vote for Trump?
01:52 – Not just a political question
02:36 – Why the question is vitally important
02:55 – Christian support for Trump makes no sense
03:27 – Is Donald Trump the real problem?
03:48 – Trump is a symptom of a bigger issue
03:55 – The real problem
04:05 – My academic research on the subject
05:02 – Compensatory Control Theory (CCT)
06:39 – Attachment to Trump a symptom of mass anxiety
07:25 – Evangelical Christianity a source of anxiety
08:02 – The example of the golden calf
10:05 – Trump a modern golden calf and deified prop
10:34 – Examples why this isn’t hyperbole
11:58 – Anxiety and fear are great tools for manipulators
12:59 – “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.”
13:16 – The real problem is the darkness of lies
14:14 – It’s a mind game that works by amplifying fear
14:38 – Donald Trump is a tool of Christian Nationalists
15:07 – Combating the darkness of political manipulation
18:14 – Rejecting lies about the 2024 election
18:35 – Rejecting political golden calves
19:18 – Closing words and blessing

The Book of the Jesuin shares a remarkable vision woven within an inspiring story that presents a believable—indeed an acceptable—tale of the man known as Jesus.

Written in chapter-and-verse style, and grounded in both rational inquiry and spiritual insight, The Book of the Jesuin asserts that the Christian Gospels are contrived myths which obscured the real man Jesus, but that they nonetheless contain clues by which his true identity and message can be uncovered. Drawing on those clues, the Book then shares the story called The Acceptable Tale of Jesus of Galilee which proposes a far more plausible series of events whereby the real man Jesus actually survived his crucifixion thanks to a daring and unexpected rescue, and then as a result abandoned his original apocalyptic mission after awakening to a glorious new vision for the restoration of human dignity in which he reveals the very purpose of all humankind and how to achieve it.