President Trump is a demagogue with abilities of bewitchery (Galatians 3:1, NIV) “to deceive even the elect” (Matthew 24:24, NIV). The essence of his success is his ability to say and do outrageous and often ungodly things that are either ignored, forgotten or discounted by his base of professing Christians, who would reject such utterances from others. Webster’s New World Dictionary defines a demagogue as a person who stirs up people’s emotions for selfish ends. Like romantic infatuation, demagoguery is irrational. Its value system is based on emotion, intuition, absurdity and, yes, bewitchery. The antidote is sound reasoning within a community of faithful believers. The late Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias captured it well in his ministry’s theme, “Let my people think.”
Del Yoder, Decatur, Ga.