. . . and Like He Used Balaam’s Ass, Jonah’s Whale, King Cyrus, and the Babylonian Heathen King, Nebuchadnezzar (Not to Mention Adulterous Murderer, David)?
On Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a Christian television network that it’s “possible” that God sent President Trump to save the Jews — just like he sent Queen Esther, from the Purim story.
“Could it be that President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace?” asked Chris Mitchell, a reporter with the Christian Broadcasting Network.
“As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible,” Pompeo responded.
Thursday was Purim, the Jewish holiday that celebrates Queen Esther’s rescue of the Jews of Persia.
Pompeo also added in the same interview, that he was “confident that the Lord is at work here” [given the] “remarkable history of the faith in this place and the work that our administration’s done to make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state, remains.”
On my Facebook page, Facebook follower Bob Ludikowski (his words in blue, henceforth) cited some of this from a meme, which concluded, “Antichrist cults would think this way.” Bob added: “Or he could have shown Trump’s true part in our Salvation.”
The following is my reply:
How is that helping us to be saved, in a theological sense? It’s not. The book of Esther never even mentions God (well, except in the Catholic additions to it).
It’s simply saying that God raised up a political figure to help an oppressed people, which was true of Moses, David, FDR and Eisenhower and Churchill during WWII, etc.
It seems plausible to me that Trump could possibly (which is all Pompeo opined) be such a figure now. It’s not the same as being perfect (David certainly wasn’t). God used Nebuchadnezzar for his purposes; He even amusingly used a donkey at one point (Balaam), and a whale (Jonah).
So could He be using Trump, as He used Esther? I say, yes: particularly regarding the pro-life issue and the all-important maintaining of legal and moral sanity at the level of the Supreme Court.
It’s all entirely biblical, by analogy. It’s St. Paul in the Bible, after all (not rabid, fanatical Trumpsters) who stated:
Romans 13:1-2, 4a (RSV) 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 he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. . . .  for he is God’s servant for your good. . . .
Romans 13 expressly ties God’s Providence with earthly political rulers. This makes perfect sense, since God’s Providence (rather mysteriously, but truly) governs or guides absolutely everything.
In this instance, if there is a huge war with Iran, Trump could very well function in a way that Esther did, to help save the Jewish nation. That’s been true of almost all Presidents since the 40s, since we have been a staunch ally of Israel.
It’s neither “antichrist” nor a “cult.” People just don’t know their Bibles or theology very well. Particularly they are unacquainted with God’s Providence, and especially how God uses rulers for His ends.
Pompeo’s mere speculation is entirely in line with Christian and biblical (and traditional Jewish) thought. His own affiliation is evangelical Presbyterian.
If you want to focus on what’s possible with God, or what’s possible, then you can claim providence on all presidents and leaders. Theologically, that’s fair enough, I guess, but kinda ridiculous. Consider someone having made that same argument about the ACA being evidence of God using Obama to save many poor lives. Pompeo’s claim isn’t outright impossible or wrong.
But it is most definitely used by many as justification for the parts of this man’s past and present behavior, policy positions, crude and downright mean comments, and many, many easily provable lies. If he is here to save the chosen people, or to end abortion, then these other things, and criminal behavior before during and since the election, can be justified. That’s where the crazy comes in, in the purpose of the argument.
Thanks for your response. It’s not necessary to include bad things that Trump has done or said (whatever one may deem them to be) in the analysis, anymore than we have to include David’s adultery and murder in God’s decision to make an eternal covenant with him: knowing from eternity that he was to commit these heinous sins.
Most Christian analysis I have seen of Trump is from the perspective that “God can use him (and we can vote for him) despite his faults and shortcomings.” I don’t see anyone saying, “yeah, Trump had these affairs, etc., and that’s why God chose Him in His providence!” God uses people despite their sins. This is the whole point, and a constant biblical theme.
As I said, God’s Providence covers everything. He doesn’t cause everything (which would deny our free will), but He uses everything for His ends. Thus, every President is part of that (per the express statement of Romans 13), because absolutely everything is.
Nor does whatever good Trump does justify any sins he has committed, or errors he has held. Anyone who argues in such a fashion is a theological midget and fool.
I can dig that! I know myself to be a sinner, and still capable of being God’s channel. I agree.
Excellent. So we do appear to have reached some common ground. Wonderful.
For sure. It’s possible God can use anyone for His will, Mueller and Trump, me and you.
See also further discussion and several relevant links about Presidents, God, and God’s Providence, on my original Facebook post of this article.
Photo credit: Esther Denouncing Haman (1888), by Ernest Normand (1857-1923)
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