ManipulationLouis Jullien began organizing concerts while in his twenties. Born in France in 1812, he achieved great success after moving to London in 1839. He...
"When David called him, he ate and drank before him; and he made him drunk. And at evening he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house." – 2 Samuel 11:13 NKJV
Louis Jullien began organizing concerts while in his twenties. Born in France in 1812, he achieved great success after moving to London in 1839. He arrived without a penny but became the most prosperous man in the city.
Why was he so successful? A recent book speculates that his secret “was his ability to read the signs of the times.” He could “harness the power of the press” and shape popular opinion for his own profit.
Later, he toured America, capped by a concert produced by legendary showman P.T. Barnum. But after returning to London, Jullien’s debts mounted again. He died in 1860, poor and in an insane asylum.
Jullien was able to manipulate the public for a season, but eventually fashions changed, and his manipulations no longer were effective.
Many throughout history have sought to manipulate others to achieve their objectives. Even King David sought to manipulate events to cover up his adultery with Bathsheba. When she became pregnant, David called her husband, Uriah, back from the front, hoping this would provide David a cover for his sin. But his efforts failed. God knew the truth, and David’s sins were revealed.
The world is filled with manipulators. Make sure you are on guard against manipulation by the press and celebrities, politicians, and so-called experts. Ask God for discernment. Trust His unchanging Word not the world’s shifting sand or popular opinions.
PrayerFather, I believe that Your Word is true. Give me the boldness to resist temptation and stand firm on Your promises. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended Reading2 Samuel 11