What did King Solomon have in common with Donald Trump? Sure hope he reads this post before he debates on Fox on Thursday.
Both men achieved enormous wealth in their lifetime. However, King Solomon also achieved a reputation for being the wisest man in the world. Donald Trump knows how to make money and his message is popular right now because of the frustration and anxiety of many Americans with politicians who make promises and never deliver after they get elected.
In my opinion, if Donald Trump wants to become President, he needs to read and heed these three wise King Solomon proverbs.
There is a person whose speech is like sword thrusts, but the speech of wise men is a therapy. (Proverb 12:18)
The wise man knows that he should always speak constructively, and that the function of speech is to cement human relationships and to be a therapy where they are damaged or broken. The person whose aim is to wound and whose words are like sword-thrusts may be a master of invective, but if he does not realize that words are a therapy for promoting social health, he is not a wise man. The sage is not primarily interested in winning debates, and he avoids speech which creates bitterness and erects barrier between himself and others. He is not the ‘outsider’, the alienated intellectual with the waspish tongue. Part of his wisdom is his political or social effectiveness, and this is dependent on his ability to get on with all types of people and win their confidence. His interest is to speak so as to contribute to the ‘health’ of the community. In order to do this, his approach to relations between man and man is as a matter of principle conciliatory. (Proverbs McKane)
Frustration and Anxiety
The reason I state this advice is because when it comes election time, most voters want to hear good words from their leaders to reduce their anxiety. In my opinion, King Solomon wrote this proverb of wisdom to address what most savvy politicians are well aware when they make political speeches.
Anxiety in a man’s mind depresses him, but a good word cheers him up. (Proverb 12:25)t
The ability to speak effectively to a man in this condition is a manifestation of wisdom, and so wisdom comprises such a pastoral concern and discrimination. In order to speak ‘a good word’ to one who is depressed by anxiety there has to be some awareness of what is involved in the condition of anxiety and a measure of identification with the anxious person. The ‘good word’ is not only well-chosen and judicious; it is informed by a warm humanity and a rich sympathy. (Proverbs McKane)
Empty Suit Politicians
You may now be wondering what is causing frustration and anxiety in voters. In my opinion, the main reason which seems to be so prevalent in most of the recent GOP candidates that where elected in the last election, many voters now relate to them as RINO’s. Republicans in name only because they make promises and do not deliver. King Solomon wrote this proverb to describe these types of ‘empty suit’ politicians.
Clouds and wind and no rain, a man who boasts about a non-existent gift. (Proverb 25:14)
A different kind of person – a man of straw rather than of steel- is described in v 14. This is the man who poses as a great benefactor and who promises munificent gifts to others, whose undertakings bear no relation to his resources. He is the eternal poseur whose projected beneficence is an insubstantial as a bubble, and whose affectation of generosity is a form of playing to the gallery and of egotistical inflation. In the end, after all his fair promises, nothing happens. His words are empty and in this respect he is like the clouds and wind which bring no rain.’ Everyone knows how deceptive the clouds can be in Palestine, especially when, in the wake of a searching summer, people long for the rains. The clouds can be red and lowering betokening a storm, but time and again it does not come off.’ (Proverbs McKane)
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