God & Trump

Is Mr. Trump in office because God wanted him there? Hmmm…Let me think….                          For me, personally, that would mean:

God is okay with supremacy and racist agendas

God needed to cheat to get a particular SCJ pick

God doesn’t care about character

God is okay with lies

God is okay with abuse of power

God is okay with manipulation

God is okay with dehumanizing people

God is a conservative

God doesn’t choose all presidents, just the Republican ones.

God puts politics above Christianity

God forgot to mention his choice to the Pope

God forgot the 2nd Fatima secret (whether Russia has been appropriately consecrated or is spreading errors) is still in dispute

God contradicts the Bible

If that’s true, God might be a hypocrite, he apparently picks sides and suddenly New England’s Super Bowl win makes sense (It was rather miraculous).

On the other hand…

There are a few things in the Bible that might explain it:

There’s the part where Israel desired a king, and as stupid an idea as that was, he let them have one. (1 Samuel: 8-10)

There’s the time when his people demanded meat instead of the manna he gave them, so he gagged them on Quail and a plague. (Numbers 11)

There was the time when he said his people didn’t listen to his voice so he gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts. (Psalm 81: 11-13)

There is that part about blinding their eyes and deadened their hearts so they can’t see or understand—or turn and be healed. (John 12: 40)

Do you see my dilemma?

There is, for me, another way to understand it. It has to do with that funny commandment: Thou shall not take the Lord’s name in vain.

Don’t lie, Don’t murder, Don’t commit adultery, Don’t say Goddamit…really? Word choice is up there with murder? (Wouldn’t asking God to bless things be the same type of vanity?)

As a writer, I can tell you language is liquid. It moves, it changes, it adjusts. Dumb used to mean, couldn’t speak; nice meant silly; and awful meant full of awe. I doubt, one of God’s Laws, written however many thousands of years ago, for the benefit of the whole world, was based on twentieth-century grammar and/or American Fundamentalism. But, that’s just me.

Instead, I believe, don’t take the Lord’s name in vain means, don’t take the Lord’s name in vain. Don’t attach God’s name to your manipulations. Just because you thus saith the Lord, doesn’t mean the Lord thus saith it.

If God wants everything that you want and nothing you don’t want, that’s probably more than a coincidence. It might have something to do with you whipping God’s name out like an interest-free credit card.

If you justify your actions by evoking God, that’s not authority. Self-justification isn’t a God-thing.

If you are imposing on other people’s free-will, God isn’t in it. That’s not something he does.

So now, how will I ever figure out if Mr. Trump’s presidency is because God wanted him there?How indeed?

I know. I’ll put it to a Biblical test. Two tests. Three tests.

Test #1 The good fruit test

A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Matthew 7:18)

Test #2 The Peace of God test

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:7-9

Test #3 The Profit test:

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mark 8:36

When I answer those questions, I can honestly say, I don’t believe Mr. Trump is in office because of a God-smack-down for anyone who isn’t a white conservative.

So, what do I believe?

Let me share…

I believe, America is at war with itself to define what it means to be an American.

The Trump Administration represents the ideals of an America whose core values are shaped by a history of supremacy, bigotry, racism, and privilege. These individuals cling to their beliefs and fight to retain the Status quo, so they pray determinedly and happily for this leader who hurts.

Those who oppose this presidency fight for an America that represents all Americans and loves all people. They wish to heal the past, change the present, and perhaps brighten the future. They pray for truth and justice for the benefit of all—not just some. If God does choose sides, I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t be theirs.

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2 thoughts on “God & Trump

  1. Journey of Roo

    I do agree with you. We shouldn’t use God’s name to justify our un-good actions which in no way did God prescribed!
    And when it is said -“Trump/ or any leader of current world is in the office because God wanted so” how do I view it? Long ago I read in a holy scripture –
    “God does not punish you, rather you receive what you earn with your two hands”. And since childhood we have been hearing-“as you sow so you reap.”
    So in our today’s world the current leaders are the fruits of the tree that we have sown. The leaders are the picture of us, our vanity, our whim, our folly, our selfishness, our ego, our superior feelings, our negligence of humanity, our unawareness of GOD and SOUL( without which we actually are nothing but dead,we rarely remember it) etc.. We have been practicing those behaviors, more or less, for years after years. And when someone says, “how can this leader be this cruel or unwise or whatever?” I ask ,” has s/he not lived in the same world you and i do? was s/he born as a president or who is s/he?” Of course ,He is yesterday’s citizen like you, I , us! How good of a citizen have we make decides what type of leaders can we expect later.
    But by saying all this do I mean that God is not kind enough to show us the right way by sending a good/ideal leader? Of course God is Kind! God is Kindness Himself, I believe. God does send His Chosen Man(Messenger) to earth time to time as an Ideal leader. But we hardly accept Them.Rather we welcome them with stones and scorns mostly, let alone sitting Him on the King’s seat! Instead we stick to the tyrant leaders! That is majority of our choice, Sadly,ironically! Why?? Actually it is us who are to answer this. Because From us come those Leaders. See, what are we teaching in the schools about GOD, ONENESS, SOUL, HUMANITY, HUMAN RIGHTS and what we r teaching about GOD’ s single authority of Creation,which says HE ALONE is the CREATOR OF ALL,literally all without exception and that HE alone is the Owner of this World then why Borders between them! What are we teaching at home? It is us now who are to answer! Of course things can be fixed by fixing ourselves centering God.

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    1. tracyaball Post author

      All very thoughtful and insightful points. Thank you. The law of sowing and reaping has been a focus of my prayer-time of late. I wish I would have recalled the scripture ‘God does not punish you, rather you receive what you earn with your two hands.’ I believe, as you said, this is why we are where we are.

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