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.