Deplorable Timing

By Jim O’Neill

You know…you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it.

Hillary Clinton 9/9/16

“What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is.  If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.”

Saint Augustine/Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD) “The Confessions,” Book 11, Chapter 14

I was deplorable long before it was cool – ask anyone in my family and they will enthusiastically support my claim to early deplorableness.  “Oh yeah, he was deplorable even as a kid!”

Mind you I use the term “deplorable” in the sense adopted by “Les Deplorables” – the millions of Trump supporters.  And what sense is that?  The sense that a “deplorable” person is someone who sees through bulls—t with a sort of X-ray vision.

When we deplorables are called racists by racists we are unperturbed, and when we are called xenophobic because we take pride in where we reside we respond with a shrug.  We value content of character over color or gender, and when we are mercilessly slammed and slandered because we value unity and inclusion over division and identity politics we are unmoved.  As I say, deplorables see through bulls—t.

Like many of my fellow deplorables I find myself eagerly awaiting the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States.  So much so that I find myself wishing that “Inauguration Day” was today!  But such trampling over today in a mad rush to get to the future just won’t do, and this article will discuss the importance of today.

As the old adage has it: each day is a gift, which is why it is called “the present.”  The fact that none of us are guaranteed to be here tomorrow is not exactly new news.

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”   Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

Book of James 4:13,14,15 (NIV)

In truth, we are not even guaranteed today; we only have each moment, we only have now.  I first became intrigued with the eternal now after reading the excerpt below in the 1960s.

In discussing it one evening, someone said to me, “But why try to live in the present?  Surely, we are always completely in the present even when we’re thinking about the past or the future?  This, actually quite obvious, remark…brought on the sudden sensation of having no weight.  At the same time, the present seemed to become a kind of moving stillness, an eternal stream from which neither I nor anything could deviate.  I saw that everything, just as it is now, is IT — is the whole point of there being life and a universe. 

 

…Each thing, each event, each experience in its own inescapable nowness…was precisely what it should be, and so much so that it acquired a divine authority and originality.  It struck me with the fullest clarity that none of this depended on my seeing it to be so; that was the way things were, whether I understood it or not….  Furthermore, I felt that I now understood what Christianity might mean by the love of God — namely, that despite the [apparent] imperfection of things, they were nonetheless loved by God just as they are, and that this loving of them was at the same time the godding of them.  This…sensation of lightness and clarity lasted a full week.

Alan Watts (1915-1972) “This Is It” 1958

Surfing the Now – the eternal moment between a nonexistent yet absorbing past and future – is an exhilarating sensation, to put it mildly.  But as anyone who has tried to grab the Now can attest, it is an exercise in futility – it can be experienced but not grasped.

I have found the following metaphor helpful in understanding the concept of Now intellectually (not to be confused with experiencing the Now):  I liken it to images from a film projector being shown on a motion picture screen.  Time is represented by the ever-changing movie images, while Now is represented by the still and silent picture-screen.  To get an idea of the Now, identify with the movie-screen instead of the movie. It helps to keep in mind that, unlike the inert blandness of a movie-screen, the Now is divinely imbued with infinite, eternal, ineffable power.  (For anyone interested in this topic I highly recommend Eckhart Tolle’s book “The Power of Now”).

As I say, the Now is an exceedingly slippery thing.  The experience of it comes and goes with me – mostly goes.  On a typical day I all too often find myself reliving the past or fantasizing about the future.  It takes an effort just to keep my feet firmly planted in today, in the here and now.

Patience – patience is key.  As Dr. Wayne Dyer says: “Infinite patience brings immediate results.”  “Results” in the sense of grounding us in the here and now, which is where our work is.

I find it especially hard to be patient these days, when I look forward with such hope and anticipation to the end of the Obama Administration’s reign of trickle-down corruption, racism, lies, and narcissism, and the start of the Trump Administration (the “Time of the Deplorables”) and its concomitant trickle-down optimism, hope, decency, and opportunity.  Merged with strength, vigor, vision, and belief these virtues will help to elevate humanity’s consciousness, and America’s in particular, in a way unimaginable just a short time ago.

God does indeed work in mysterious ways His wonders to perform.

 

 

 

8 responses to “Deplorable Timing

  1. I strongly suggest that anyone who believes they are a Bible believing Christian take a second (and third and fourth) look at the ramifications of taking advice from the likes of carnal (worldly) minded Eckhart Tolle (Oprah Winfrey’s spiritual guru) or Dr.( and I use that word loosely) Wayne Dyer. These men no nothing of the true nature of fallen man and why we need a savior, The Savior, Jesus Christ. Like all false religion, their spirituality is just one more soon to be recognized failed attempt of man attaining salvation through human potential. And God says it ain’t gonna happen. Quite to the contrary, an eternity of hell awaits.

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      Bill, this is not the first time I have seen Jim O’Neill reference some pretty bizarre sources and make some audacious claims amid his admittedly flowery oratory. I said as much to my wife when I saw his by-line at the head of CZs post. Good catch on both Tolle and Dyer. O’Neill is, I fear, a pretty sincere person who blithely often goes where angels fear to tread… The only alternative would be that of a wolf clothed as a sheep.

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  2. Yes, FR, for all it’s value, sincerity is no match for truth. The need for discernment and sound, in context, doctrine has never been greater in my 20+ years as a believer. Because of the lack of it, many will be part of the prophesied apostasy.

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  3. Boys, I absolutely love Jim O’Neill…he will quote people I won’t quote in order to make his point, but this dear US NAVY SEAL is special to me, even when he uses people I would not use…keep in mind that he is my dearest friend and has helped me many times…straight on Christianity he is not, but very close…give him space and pray for him. I love the man, he is so very dear.

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    • I have just lifted your friend up in prayer, CZ. I, too have close friends who I like better than some Christians I know. But I so feel for so many nice people and the many that have the right ideology and politics, etc., but need to know God, The Father and His Son Jesus Christ whom He has sent. “Straight on Christianity” is the only Christianity. Father God, draw Jim and many unnamed others that each of us know. Amen.

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  4. Bill, I know that Jim knows Jesus, if his doctrine is off a bit, maybe lots of ours is off, but we pray for each other because we need what is in the Word to straighten us out. The only thing required for salvation is faith in Jesus that He was who He said He was and did what He said He’d do, and died and was raised again…for our sins. Faith alone saves. This is the biblical truth, not all of us are correct on doctrine, but if we believe on HIM< then we are saved….FAITH ALONE…THANK YOU BROTHER FOR PRAYING FOR MY DEAR FRIEND.

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    • I do hear you,CZ. This discussion which I would call “God’s sovereignty and mans’ responsibility” is a very serious concern of mine in recent years and the focus of much study and prayer because eternity lies in the balance. There is much more to be said than my slow fingers can type. But as much as I agree with “Faith alone saves”, I fear that the unsound doctrine and false teaching that is so rampant today and the reason for the weakness of the Church and is the prelude to the great “falling away” that Is already in progress. I do not want anyone to hear “Depart from me, I never knew you” when “that day” comes for each one of us. I would encourage you to council your friend. We don’t no the full extent of the damage that worldly philosophy and psychology can bring to a soul even in this life.

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  5. I understand that…I would truly suggest you order FAITH ALONE by Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum of Ariel Ministries.

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