In a dream I saw Franklin Graham deliver this sermon:
” It is very clear that God loves Donald Trump because Donald Trump became the president. It’s fairly clear that God dod not love Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders quite as much, since they did not win the presidency—maybe because they are not flawed enough, not great enough sinners to be loved and used by God.
It’s extremely clear to any Bible reader that God used men of questionable morality to forward God’s projects in the world.
Here’s a reminder of a few biblical heroes and their notable sins:
Noah was a drunk
Abraham pimped his wife as his ‘sister’
Abraham abandoned his son Ishmael
Nahar married his niece
Lot had sex with two daughters, impregnating both
Lot offered his daughters to a mob of rapists
Jeptha burned his daughter to cinders as an offering to God
Isaac had a favorite between two sons
Jacob was an inveterate liar
Samson was a womanizer
Moses was a murderer
Joshua was a murderer
David was a murderer
Elijah was a murderer
Elisha was a murderer, releasing two bears on 42 kids
Gideon was a murderer
This list could be lengthened by another half dozen, but it serves. Trump does not rise to the level of biblical heroes’ immorality, but God can work with Trump because Trump really does have the Sinner’s Élan. Trump has an eagerness to ‘sin boldly,’ as Protestant champion Martin Luther advised.
Since God chose Trump, we can read the mind of God and know God’s plans for the USA. Here’s a rough forecast of what God wants to get done with Trump:
Drop medical coverage for 20 million people
Cut taxes on ten million millionaires
Cut taxes on one million billionaires
Abandon regulations that prevent companies from pollutingToss regulations that prevent companies from revving up the earth’s temperature
Dump regulations that prevent companies from endangering their employees
Cut laws requiring a minimum wage
Outlaw lawsuits against grossly negligent businesses
Abandon laws that prevent untold money influencing politics
Force unwanted babies into a society that won’t tend to them
Hobble many government agencies to prove government is inept
Construct a partition in the middle of the Rio Grand
Start a war somewhere
This should be enough for God to get accomplished with Trump. God may indeed have more radical twists up his sleeve for the Trump years.
And we cannot wholly rule out the ill effects of devilish Democrats who might try to thwart the good intentions of God and God’s earthly proxy, D. J. Trump.
We have only to sit back and relax and let God’s political playbook unclasp itself in the mystifying movements of President Donald Trump.
Never fear, because God loves the President and God picked the President because the President is laden with many defects.
Just as God chose morally inept men in Bible days, God still does. God works in mysterious, furtive, cryptic, and even cagey ways, much like ‘the old fantastical duke of dark corners’ in Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure. That’s a solace. ”
Featured image ‘Rev. Franklin Graham’ by Matt Johnson via Flickr