Out of the Ivory Palaces
Remember the theme behind the hymn, “Out of the Ivory Palaces”?
“Out of the ivory palaces into a world of woe only His great eternal love made my Savior go.”
Think of it! As One of the three Persons of the Godhead, He created the entire universe. Out of love, He left the majesty of His home, downgrading to a life on earth. He didn’t have to, but He did.
He grew up learning from His adoptive father the trade of a carpenter, a builder. Eventually, multitudes flocked to hear Him speak and to witness His miraculous works. Thanks to the social networking of the time, word of mouth, His popularity continued to rise.
Fearing he was a threat to their power, the self-righteous Pharisees and other rulers, the establishment, conspired among themselves how to get rid of this rabble-rouser. For 30 pieces of silver, one of His disciples betrayed Him. He was charged with inciting an insurrection. Mob violence ensued, and one of His closest disciples, Peter, used a sword to violently attack a servant of the high priest, to which he admonished the disciple against resorting to violence, saying, “Put up again thy sword into his place” (Matthew 26:52). Out of fear, some of His closest disciples forsook Him. Even Peter, in an effort to save his own skin, denied knowing Him.
Now let’s jump ahead in time a couple millennia.
He was born into immense wealth. He learned the real estate business from his father. He was a builder. He so loved America and appreciated what his country had done for him that he voluntarily left a life of comfort and security to serve his country. He didn’t have to, but he did.
Thousands came to his rallies to hear him promote the idea “Make America Great Again.” Surprisingly, he won election to the first public office for which he had ever run. In four short years, he accomplished what were virtual miracles. President Obama had suggested that a “magic wand” was needed to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. Thanks to tax reform and deregulation, American manufacturing once again prospered. Thanks also to the collaboration between the private and public sectors, Operation Warp Speed allowed a COVID-19 vaccine to be developed in record time.
He accomplished more in one term than any other president had in two, all the while donating every penny of his salary to charity.
His “deplorable” supporters, numbering over 70 million, stood by him throughout. The swamp, including the mainstream media, Hollywood, academia, the progressive left and the neocons attempted for four years to get rid of him. After a failed first impeachment attempt, a second one with the charge of inciting an “insurrection” on the U.S. Capitol building by MAGA supporters flew through the House of Representatives. There’s no doubt the “insurrection” rioters included left-wing groups, but the left refused to allow any evidence. Prior to the uprising, he had actually encouraged his supporters to be peaceful. That wasn’t enough, though, to prevent even his ardent supporters in government from forsaking him.
Now before someone labels this analogy as irreverent, sacrilegious or even blasphemous, let’s remember who we, as Christians, are to look to as our role model. Isn’t it the Lord, Himself, whom we are to emulate? A phrase from the late 1800s that enjoyed renewed popularity in the 1990s was “What would Jesus do?” or “WWJD?”
I found Sen. Marco Rubio’s recent remarks to Maria Bartiromo to be quite troubling when he inferred that people who said they’d be willing to “die for President Trump” were “not normal.” I ask Senator Rubio, WWJD? Well, ultimately He did die for those He loved. In His own words, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
Never mind the progressives, the mainstream media, academia and Hollywood for spewing this vicious hate, but the Pharisees of our day, the establishment neocons, have been especially scathing. It’s heartbreaking to read Peggy Noonan’s comments labeling the president as “the devil” and Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley as “the devil’s apprentices” for simply requesting an investigation into what was obviously a fraudulent election. Scribe Noonan seemed to echo her predecessors, “He hath Beelzebub” (Mark 3:22). She even stooped so low as to invoke the Nazi comparison. It’s sad to see such a gifted speechwriter as Noonan, who penned President Reagan’s magnificent Challenger speech, among others, devolve into such a hopeless reprobate.
I’m not alone in noticing the similarities. Even the Rev. Franklin Graham, who remains supportive of President Trump, chided the 10 Republicans who voted in favor of impeachment, questioning “what the thirty pieces of silver were that Speaker Pelosi promised for this betrayal.”
As Christians, we need to remember that the Lord was persecuted, and we’re not exempt. “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” (John 15:18,19).
Get ready for some big time persecution for at least the next four years.