The Evangelicals Were Correct: God Wanted Trump

God wanted Trump to expose the dark, decayed underbelly of Evangelicalism so real cleansing and healing can take place. 

God chose Trump in the same way God gave life to AdamSince the beginning of the Trump era, I’ve wondered about the insistence on the part of the Evangelical world that God wanted Trump to be our President.

Suddenly, with the whole Roy Moore fiasco surfacing (did you know he was banned from a mall because of his persistent cruising for teenaged girls?), it started to make sense.

God wanted Trump, all right, but not for the reasons the Evangelicals think.

God wanted Trump, a man with no moral center, so that we could all see the depths of degradation that US society now not only tolerates but celebrates.

God wanted Trump, an admitted sexual predator, so that women would finally start speaking out about the never-ending harassment we face no matter where we go.

God wanted Trump, a white-supremacist, so that the previously semi-hidden neo-Nazi movement would be emboldened enough to show its true colors.

God wanted Trump, whose primary goal is amassing vast amounts of wealth, to show us the emptiness of a life centered on financial greed.

God wanted Trump, a man who trumpets his ignorance, to display the sadness of a closed-in, unimaginative, incurious mind.

God wanted Trump, a man readily bought with others’ wealth, to appoint Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education so we as a nation could once again see how vital our public school system is.

God wanted Trump, a man with no respect for scientific rigor and inquiry, so that we might all recognize the folly of ignoring the science of climate change.

God wanted Trump, who because of his sexual history has more than likely funded his share of abortions, to make it clear to the world that pro-birth and pro-life are two entirely different things.

Pro-birth ensures that, no matter how horrific the circumstances of conception or the effect of the health of the woman, a baby is born, and then takes no responsibility after that point. Pro-life fights intensely for the health and long-term well-being of the mother AND the child.

God wanted Trump, a man who has never asked God for forgiveness, to so align with the Religious Right that few will ever again recognize their leaders as having spiritual authority. For the most part, these old white men have condemned the Evangelical world, once a vibrant and hopeful community, to an ignominious death.

God wanted Trump, a man who wants power above all, to fully expose the lust for power that has permeated and corrupted Evangelicalism. This lust stands in direct opposition to every single thing the Bible teaches.

I don’t mean this as a blanket condemnation for all who populate that part of Christian thinking. Many in the Evangelical world are rightly horrified by what is happening. But God wanted Trump to expose that dark, decayed underbelly so real cleansing and healing can take place.

Will the US survive as a democracy as this amoral man with extreme autocratic tendencies continues to consolidate power and undermine the Constitutional basis of our shared life? Very likely not.

But God is not particularly interested in whether the US makes it or not. God is interested in shedding light upon the darkness of the human soul so we may move toward genuine repentance and life change.

Trump has done us all a favor: he has shown us who we are.

Yes, God wanted Trump, but not for the reasons the Evangelicals claim.

Photo By Jörg Bittner Unna – Own work, CC BY 3.0, modified by Christy Thomas

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  • Bill Mantis

    I wish Christy Thomas were correct in her analysis, but I fear she is not.

    The one thing we know for sure about the Evangelical community is that they are completely divorced from reality. Their attitudes about an individual for whom they voted in overwhelming numbers will not be altered by any evidence that occurs in the real world and that is reported in the reality-based media.

    The larger question is whether or not reality will have any effect on the attitudes of congressional Republicans. The evidence is still out, but it is not very promising so far.

    Back in the real world, Republican senators are approving the appointment of young, conservative, and wholly unqualified judges to lifetime positions in the federal courts. The credibility of the federal justice system will be eroded even further and at a faster pace.

    If God really did want Trump, then He must have wanted to punish the entire country for reasons that are not immediately apparent to us. And He wanted that punishment to last for a long time.
    An all-knowing and all-loving God?

    I don’t think so.

    • Obscurely

      I didn’t read the post literally as God wanting Trump as a counter-example, but as a brilliant polemical/prophetic manifesto of the progressive church.

      • Bill Mantis

        Yes, of course I realized the tone was ironic, and I welcome any attempts to advance the progressive agenda.
        I was also trying to raise a question you progressive Christians seem to ignore: namely, how is it that different adherents to the same faith, whose morals are supposedly informed by the same holy scriptures, can come to such different, disparate moral conclusions? Are you progressives misreading the Bible, or are the Evangelicals? Or, maybe, if the Bible admits to such divergent moralities, wouldn’t it be better to look elsewhere for moral guidance? The Secular Humanist Manifesto, for example?

        • Obscurely

          Great question! — could you give me a couple of examples of ‘disparate moral conclusions’ among Christians?

          • Bill Mantis

            I’m glad you asked. This is a link to Vance Morgan’s blog, where we’ve been discussing related issues. And this is an excerpt that gives you a number of examples:
            “On the great moral questions of the day, Christians find themselves all over the map. When, if ever, is an abortion permissible? Assisted suicide? The death penalty? Using deadly force to protect oneself or one’s property? Stem cell research? The use of “artificial” birth control? Interracial marriage? Homosexual marriage? Adoption of a child by a gay couple?
            Do people have a moral right to medical care? To contraception and family planning services? To access to a morning after pill? To a living wage job? To housing? To food? To unpolluted air and water? To equal pay for equal work?
            Is animal cruelty immoral? Is refusing to take action against climate change immoral? Refusing to take action to preserve animal habitat and to prevent extinctions of animal and plant species? Refusing to take action to prevent genocide? Excluding women or gays from the priesthood? Administering physical punishment to a child? Forcing a spouse to have sex?
            Fundamentalist Christians would answer many of these questions almost exactly the opposite of the way Quakers would. Is one of the two Christian denominations better informed than the other as to God’s moral priorities? Are both misinformed? Most importantly, why would God be so careless in making his priorities clear to his followers? Especially when a lack of clarity might spell the difference between their spending eternity in Heaven rather than Hell.

          • Obscurely

            Humbling examples, sir! but don’t secular folks disagree over many of these same issues? For example, Democrats and Republicans disagree over whether health care is a human right, and atheists could disagree over whether a human life begins at conception? So I don’t think mere moral disagreement is grounds for rejecting any given worldview, whether religious or not …

            My own understanding as a pastor of Christian faith’s role in ethical formation is that it awakens the moral conscience rather than giving us one-size-fits-all answers. Jesus offended the moral authorities of the day precisely because he emphasized the life-giving spirit of the moral law over its deadening letter.

          • Bill Mantis

            Yes, secular humanists will disagree over moral judgement calls, but the difference is, they have to reconcile their moral stances with the real-world implications of those stances. If you base your moral judgments on what you are SURE your God wants you to do, then you’ve immunized yourself from discussion or reason, right? Many times religions seem to give their devout adherents a confidence in their moral decisions that are wholly unjustified. For example, Roy Moore had a Ten Commandments monument installed in an Alabama courtroom and refused to remove it even when ordered to do so by the Alabama Supreme Court. Sunnis and Shias feel it is not just their moral right, but their moral obligation to blow up each other’s mosques. George W. Bush invaded Iraq in part, reportedly, because “God told him to.” And the funny(?) thing was that even the Pope could not persuade him otherwise.
            The question then becomes: Wouldn’t we all be better off if we ignored what we thought God wanted us to do and to base our moral decisions on what would be good for us individually and our fellow man?

          • Obscurely

            In another thread Dr. Vance Morgan replied to you thusly: “You seem to be committed to finding a “one size fits all” moral framework to impose on everyone in all circumstances. There is no such moral code. Human morality is far more complex (and interesting) than that.”

            WHY IS THAT BROTHER?

          • Obscurely

            Speaking the truth as I experience it always in LOVE, may I suggest it’s time to UP your game, brutha! … TO WIT — the higher sages among us have suggested that “God” is just our Name for the abstraction and exaltation of the eternal moral Voice within us … whence the Voice comes it matters not, what matters is that it sees, speaks and above all ACTS in the world …

          • Obscurely

            This is how the Christian sage and holy martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer explains the utter mootness of God as Chicken vs Egg …

            “I remember a conversation I had in America thirteen years ago with a young French pastor. We were asking ourselves quite simply what we wanted to do with our lives. He said he would like to become a saint (and I think it’s quite likely that he did become one). At the time I was very impressed, but I should like to learn to have faith. For a long time I didn’t realize the depth of the contrast. I thought I could acquire faith by trying to live a holy life, or something like it… I discovered later, and I’m still discovering right up to this moment, that it is only by living completely in this world that one learns to have faith. One must completely abandon any attempt to make something of oneself, whether it be a saint, or a converted sinner, or a churchman (a so-called priestly type!), a righteous man or an unrighteous one, a sick man or a healthy one. By this- worldliness I mean living unreservedly in life’s duties, problems, successes and failures, experiences and perplexities. In so doing we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God, taking seriously, not our own sufferings, but those of God in the world- watching with Christ in Gethsemane. That, I think, is faith; that is true conversion; and that is how one becomes a man and a Christian.”

    • jeanfor

      God is letting it happen….. so he has removed his protection.

  • Baby_Raptor

    If you honestly think god wanted Trump in charge and you still worship him then I have to question your morals. Your god WANTS the repeating harming of millions in hundreds of different ways.

    But hey, you do you. Don’t insult the rest of us in the process. This doesn’t “show me how I am.” I’ve been against Trump and the Right for years, long before the current presidency. All this “shows me about myself” is that I’m not a deity with reality warping powers.

  • Obscurely

    Certainly evangelicals who ignore Trump’s moral unfitness for office deserve the scorn this post heaps on them … at the same time the scorn should be balanced with compassion for people who are so convinced their religion and way of life is under cultural/political attack they will support pretty much anyone with the power to defend them.

  • Kurt T Simon

    Well said.