Since most people are idolators, they can be ruled over. In early 2019, when I returned to India, a friend asked me if he could easily found a job in India. I wondered why he was interested. Turns out, being an economics major, he had seen the ever-looming economic doom.
Out of many, one possibility we talked about was the states leaving the Union. We thought that Texas (my friend is from TX) may be one of the few ones to survive and be free and prosperous. Texas is rumored to still have the values that allow the foundation for freedom, while a good majority of states have fallen to statism. They still like guns and oppose government encroachment. Let me state clearly that laws aren't the pillars of freedom. Values are.
But Texas, too, has a weakness-- Churchianity. It would be naive of me to say that what I saw in Mississippi can't happen in Texas. The government can still rule them via the means of churches. Churchians worship pastors, the Constantine Bible, and a blond man with blue eyes. These three idols can be manipulated by the deceiver or Sauron (borrowing this term from Tolkien’s mythology) to rule over the minds of idol worshipers.
One such attempt is already going on in China. Their descendants will think that Jesus was a killer and held rule of law above morality (Morris). Centuries down the line, they will have no clue of the original story. Religion will make them proud. And pride will make them blind. They won't even know that something was changed. Chances are, Morris' article is also banned in China. Let's keep in mind that this is happening when the entire earth is interconnected with satellites. It would be naive of us to think that it has not happened before when there was no internet, images, and videos to objectively prove things. It may be happening even today. You won't know it like you wouldn't know what a shadowbanned Twitter account tweeted. You don't know what you don't know. This is why many still don't know about internet censorship.
Besides manipulating the words that people proudly worship, or must I say blindly because pride makes men blind, they can infiltrate churches. They already have a false God (a blond Jesus with blue eyes). The government allows money to be poured into churches by exempting them from financial reporting. This allows rich people to hide untaxed or illegal income or both. They also allow people to reduce their tax liability by dumping money into places of worship. Separation of state and religion is a myth in both the US and India. Chances are, they are one. State is the religion. Money makes churches and pastors bling up. Bling attracts people of weak spirit. It invites conformists and those who desire money and power. Women are easily charmed with bling, some sauce, and ice. They then attract weak men who participate in their delusion only to sleep with them/marry them. This was happening in Mississippi. There is no reason why it can't be done in Texas.
Thus, via the instrument of pastors, the bling of churches, and other idols, people’s values can be programmed. In Mississippi, I saw children of conservatives who had fallen for statism because their pastors implanted statism in the veil of nationalism. The version of patriotism promoted by southern churches, to me, looked like a sanctification of the rule of law. The Constantine Bible says in many chapters that Christians should "keep the law of the land". Of course, this goes against common sense because man-made laws only instantiate the pride of man. You must always prioritize morality over legality. You must break the law when it is immoral or you are bound to be enslaved. But Churches never ever told this truth. Churches were mostly propaganda dissemination centers, but the people appeared clueless. This is why idolatry makes people prone to enslavement. Whoever controls their idols controls their mind.
Morris, Andrea. "China Teaches Students that Jesus Stoned Woman to Death, Changes Biblical
Passage in Textbook". CBNNews, 28 Sept. 2020, www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world
biblical-passage-in-textbook. Accessed 8 Nov. 2020.
Update on Dec 2, 2020 -
Southerners - "We don't worship government. We worship God."
Here's how you manipulate these people - Tell them the Bible says -
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment (Romans 13:1-2).
Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor (1 Peter 2:13-17).
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work (Titus 3:1).
Convince them to "obey the laws of the land" in the name of God. You must convince them beforehand that the Bible is the legit word of God, its authority unquestionable. Anyone who says anything else, kill them, or suppress them. The only people who can't be ruled over and misled are those who worship nothing, who make no God of their own. Every proud idolator can be enslaved by manipulating his idol, as we saw above.