Trump Backers Resort to Ridiculous 'What If' Games to Increase Christian Support
I have to admit that Donald Trump hasn't done anything to talk me off the #NeverTrump bandwagon. His name calling, authoritarian leanings, and lack of substantive policy pronouncements concern me, but as a Christian my biggest problem with Trump is that he claims to be a believer yet sees no need to seek forgiveness from God.
Trump's supporters make it even more difficult for me to consider supporting him. From their lack of civility to their calls to "fall in line" because we "have to" support Trump, to the weird celebrity status they've bestowed upon a presidential candidate (one friend posted a meme on Facebook that read, "Share if you think Ivanka Trump would be the coolest first daughter ever!" as though the real election were for presidential children), the Trumpbots are turning me away from the candidate they support.
Now a couple of Christian leaders are relying on a wacky hypothetical argument in an attempt to rally more believers to Trump. Over at Charisma News, Trump supporter Steve Strang quotes a theory from a pastor named Lance Wallnau that God is using the billionaire to restore American much as He used Cyrus to restore the territory of the Israelites.
What a concept! We know our nation is in a very critical situation. We know that God has raised up leaders in the past. In fact, I feel this is so important I interviewed Lance for an edition of The Strang Report on the Charisma Podcast Network. He reminded me that Abraham Lincoln was no darling of the Conservative Christians of the time. In the day of Charles Finney, when there were many devout Christians in America, Abraham Lincoln did not even proclaim to belong to any specific denomination. Yet, he was a God-fearing man and frequently quoted the Bible in public speeches during his presidency.
In the darkest days of World War II, England chose Winston Churchill, who was a profane drinker.
"In their period of time, neither Winston Churchill nor Abraham Lincoln were the darling of revivalists or evangelicals," Wallnau said in our interview. "Churchill was a bloviating, cigar-smoking politician whose opinions were frequently offensive and whose judgment was faulty. Looking back at history, he was the Cyrus for Great Britain that defeated the Nazi spirit in Adolf Hitler. ... With Lincoln, here's a man that wouldn't even identify himself as a pew-sitting believer; unthinkable. But, he became the most Bible-quoting man in office."
Yes, Trump is Cyrus, Churchill, and Lincoln all rolled into one with these folks. In the eyes of Strang and Wallnau, Trump is so great that we should overlook the very life of the unrepentant Donald!
I see Trump not in terms of his three marriages or his casinos. I see him in terms of his work ethic. He's driven by ambition to make something better. Most people miss this, but his kids adore him. How many Christians can be scrutinized by their kids' opinion of them and by their work ethic? These are the aspects of Trump's personality that make him a candidate that we should be looking at through a different lens instead of his casinos and his marriages.
Before I go any further, let me say as a follower of Jesus that I believe that God can do some surprising things. The Bible tells us that God's way are far different from ours (Isaiah 55:8-9) and that He often chooses the "foolish things of this world" to turn the order of things around (1 Corinthians 1:27-29).
We have seen this played out before. God chose the most vicious persecutor of the early Messianic believers to take His incredible message of salvation to the nations (the apostle Paul). In the 20th century, He chose a former atheist to be come one of the most eloquent apologists for the Gospel (C. S. Lewis).