Especially in the Fourth Commandment (King James version), “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” No, I was not struck by lightning and thrown from a horse on my way to Damascus. (Acts 9:3-6) Nor was it a death bed conversion. I have too many other sins to enumerate on that date.
It was none other than Ron DeSantis. On the weekend before the election, as has been reported on most media outlets and mocked on every late night talk show, the now re-elected governor of the Sunshine State ran an ad on social media declaring himself to be the “chosen one.” The following voice-over accompanied one after another picture of DeSantis “saving” Floridians from a broad range of manufactured threats such as CRT being taught in elementary schools, banning award winning literature, the dearth of immigrants pouring into his state via the Texas border and non-existent voter fraud (unless you include The Villages).
And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said: ‘I need a protector.’ So God made a fighter.
God said: I need somebody who will take the arrows, stand firm in the face of unrelenting attacks, look a mother in the eyes and tell her that her child will be in school. … So God made a fighter.
While 60 percent of voters responded positively to this parable in the Gospel According to Ron, evidence suggests his Divineness did not share their enthusiasm. Within 24 hours of DeSantis’ victory, God unleashed his fury in the form of a category 1 hurricane upon the east coast of Florida.
Now you true believers (I am of course talking to the Christian nationalists) will argue this was mere coincidence. But Carl Jung would describe it as a synchronistic moment when two seemingly unrelated events occur simultaneously. Jung then suggests we ask ourselves two questions. What is this trying to tell us? And how is it relevant to our lives? I doubt they followed Jung’s advice.
I would call it a miracle. I know, the term “miracle” is reserved for good things. However, you cannot convince me there is not something supernatural about an “act of God,” i.e., a hurricane striking the U.S., more commonly limited to July through October, occuring in November for only the third time going back to 1851. It makes you wonder what those someone elses did to piss off the Lord on the other two occasions.
It is almost enough to make you believe in God. But then again, it is hard to accept a loving, omniscient supreme being who is capable of populating the landscape with the likes of Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene.
For what it’s worth.