Thursday, July 06, 2006:
Populism is not a dirty word. In the mainstream US media that is owned and control by huge capitalist corporations dominated by the superrich, populism is used as a pejorative. Anyone who rises expressing that he or she is for the grassroots is termed a populist but is automatically accused of having autocratic leanings as if the two things are inextricable.
The rich are so afraid of losing their own control over the under classes that they will stop at nothing to destroy every populist. Therefore, the worldly powers that be have never allowed the world to see a non-autocratic populist rise and survive. It isn't because there are no people who would start out for the people and remain for the people. They may be rare on account of the political-socialization process that teaches selfishness and foments violent reactions, but they do exist.
Those who come up from the grassroots who truly do have autocratic tendencies are the only ones who are ruthless, as are the rich, to survive the rich even for a while. They aren't real Populists.
A real populist is for the meek while trying to enlighten the thieving elite. A real populist can't become autocratic, because that is the opposite of being for the people. An autocratic populist is an oxymoron.
Jesus was a real populist. More correctly, a real Christian is a real populist. They are synonymous. Real here, of course, is being used in the divine sense of context. In the mundane sense, people will claim to be populists while also claiming to be atheists. They just don't get it. They don't understand the nature of God and the people as being inextricable in truth.
Therefore, be on the lookout for those calling themselves men or women of or for the people who are wolves in sheep's clothing, but don't fail to recognize the good shepherd when he comes along. You will know him by what he is saying and doing. You will know him by his consistency with the message of Jesus. You will know him by his fruit and not by the results of his enemies against him.
The consequence of Jesus being spiked to the cross was not the fruit of Jesus's teaching and doing. It was the fruit of the hearts of his enemies, those who hated him.
When the populist leads the people, when the people are following and leading themselves therefore, and the pack of ravening wolves comes to devour the people, it is not because the good shepherd has led them astray into temptation corrupting their hearts. To think that is to fall for the trick of the devils. No, it remains the evil fruit of the devouring spirit.
This is separating truth from falsehood.
When in truth will the people be able to lead and follow in righteousness unmolested by the devouring spirit? When enough people will not fall prey to bitterness. Then the scales will suddenly tilt the other way. The spiritually blind liars, who are the self-authorized privileged elite, will no longer be able to deceive the people.
The real populist is the servant of the people. The real populist is not coercive. His humility is not vanity. God knows his heart. Those of God know his heart.