WHEN PEOPLE LOSE HOPE, THEY SOMETIMES TURN TO MAGIC. SINCE TRUMP’S VICTORY, THE LOSS OF HOPE HAS ACCELERATED ON THE LEFT…
Do you trust that things are generally going to work out for you?
This is a question everybody confronts at some point. I think Americans are, for the most part, optimistic about their lot in life. Americans are resilient. We have always carried a spirit of independence, and that spirit is founded upon a basic hope that the future will be better than the past. If that’s not true, then why even bother?
But if you are, in fact, optimistic about the future, and you trust that things are going to work out, then you have to have a reason for this. Losing this optimism and trust can cause catastrophic disruptions in someone’s life.
TURNING TO WITCHCRAFT AND SORCERY
In the Bible, King Saul, in his final days, lost hope. His loss of hope had intensified over time. His downfall began with his moral rebellion against God through a series of disobedient acts (1 Sam. 13:5-14). He didn’t follow the straight-forward instructions the prophet Samuel laid down for him (1 Sam. 15:9,11). So, God cursed Saul for his insubordination and unrepentance. His mental health declined. He was tormented by demons (1 Sam. 16:14). He became murderous (1 Sam. 22:17-19).
At the height of his despair, he visited a witch. He wanted her to summon Samuel back from the dead to gain secret advice that would, he hoped, pull him out of his nose dive (1 Sam. 28:15). But again, this was in violation of another basic rule God had established generations before, with Moses:
Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the LORD your God. (Lev. 19:31)
Saul was dead by the end of the following day.
OVERTURNING THE POLITICAL ORDER