Did 'God Show Up' to Grant Donald Trump Victory?
Did Donald Trump win the presidential election because “God showed up”? Well, yes… though that may not signify what some imagine it does.
Franklin Graham raised the issue, addressing “thousands” of people at a Trump rally. Because he’s Franklin Graham, and the words were controversial, they were reported across the land.
Why does Franklin Graham speak to thousands (and get repeated to millions)? Because he’s Billy Graham’s son, and president and CEO of both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Christian relief organization called Samaritan’s Purse.
So when Graham gets up and talks, he’s not just some guy. No, he has fame as son of a world-renowned Christian leader, and as leader of two Christian organizations.
No one chooses his father, but surely Franklin volunteered for those two CEO positions. He chose to be a very public Christian spokesman. So one can hope that he’d read his Bible, right? If so, Graham would eventually see James 3:1, which urges folks not to seek leadership positions too eagerly, since such “will be judged with greater strictness.”
All that said, Graham voluntarily takes the public spotlight as a Christian leader to say this:
I don't have any scientific information. I don't have a stack of emails to read to you. But I have an opinion: I believe it was God. God showed up. He answered the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people across this land who had been praying for this country ( source).
In further remarks during an interview, Graham also said that Trump was the answer to the prayers of people who wanted a man in the White House who “believed in God” and was “willing to listen to God’s voice.” Somehow, Graham says, he “could tell” that “God was getting ready to do something in this country” to “change the direction” from the secularism, humanism, and atheism that has ruled the day.
There’s a lot there, so let’s just slice the pie with some Q and A.
Did God “show up” in the recent election? I’m troubled by the insinuation that God ordinarily is somewhere else, effectively absent, but occasionally He “shows up” and big showy things happen.
That isn’t the biblical view of God at all. The true and living God is intimately involved in everything. He does according to His pleasure, everywhere, always (Psalm 115:3; Ephesians 1:11). From a sparrow’s fall (Matthew 10:29), to the course of kings (Proverbs 21:1), nations (Isaiah 40:15), and constellations (Job 38:31ff.), God’s sovereignty rules over all (Psalm 103:19).
So yes, of course, God was there, and God’s sovereign will was done.
As it would have been done had Hillary Clinton won – or Faith Spotted Eagle, for that matter.