The last couple of years I’ve heard a number of people say that they believe that Donald Trump won the presidency because that’s where God placed him…that he has been anointed by God…that he is indeed a follower of Jesus.
So I have a couple of questions for those of you who believe this. I’m serious in asking these questions.
- How does his life show that he is a follower of Jesus?
- What exactly is he doing that is God’s work?
Here’s the problem I have. I know that God uses flawed human beings–I’ve heard this statement a lot when questions have been raised about Trump. But Jesus said that “by their fruits you will know whether people are my followers” (my paraphrase)–and the “fruits” I see don’t correlate with how I see followers of Jesus.
This is just a partial list of the issues I have with the claim that Trump is God’s anointed, placed in the presidency to do God’s work:
- His life shows a lack of the basic morality followers of Jesus show (i.e., multiple affairs, cheating on each of his wives with the woman who became his next wife).
- Through the years he has “stiffed” those who have done work at many of his properties–refusing to pay bills and leaving many of those who have worked for him struggling to pay their debts.
- He has refused to listen to the advice and counsel of those with training and experience in scientific, political and military affairs, often overriding their counsel with negative results.
- He has insulted our allies and cozied up to and with dictators, expressing appreciation for how they run their countries.
- He has demonized specific ethnic and religious groups, calling immigrants “invaders, thugs, rapists.”
- Even though he promised to support members of the LGBT!+ communities, his policies are removing protections for them and leaving them vulnerable.
- At his rallies, he accuses those who don’t agree with him as being “enemies of the people.”
- He constantly accuses the mainstream news of being “fake news.”
- When someone disagrees with him at a rally, he encourages calls of “throw them out” or “lock them up.”
- He has surrounded himself with individuals who have been charged–and in some cases, already found guilty–of corruption in various forms.
- His cabinet appointees, in many cases, are individuals whose stated purpose is to do away with the very departments they are tasked with running.
- He created a policy that separated children from their families without keeping track of them or plans to reunite them…families that were already vulnerable because they were fleeing violence.
- His priorities–as shown in his proposed budget–cut programs that aid the most vulnerable among us.
- One of his big focuses is on building a wall of separation, when Jesus worked to tear down walls.
So how does any of this correlate with Jesus’ call to take care of the vulnerable? to live a moral life? to love others and to treat the stranger in our midst as we would want to be treated?
How does this correlate with God’s work? I just don’t get it.