I woke with a prompt in my spirit to write this so here goes…
On a weekend where the attention of the world is on a British Royal Wedding, it might be a bit “left field” to speak about the American President, Donald Trump, but Prince Harry and his new bride are a romantic distraction, while the doings of the President are far meatier matters.
My enthusiasm personally for Mr Trump becoming President can easily be found in earlier posts on this blog but regular readers will know that initial keenness has been blunted by certain actions he has taken.
As time has rolled on, support for Trump from among many Christians has soared and his mythical “Cyrus” role has propelled him into near-worship status. Okay, I am holding back here in order not to offend some folks so I will say it bluntly: Trump IS virtually infallibly perfect and worshipped in the eyes of too many Christians in the US.
I won’t berate the man for past sins and misdemeanours; the simple reason being that I have no doubt he has likely had a genuine born again experience in recent times. In light of that, it would be churlish and wrong to haul up his past, however shady.
Donald Trump’s past is not the problem here.
The problem is not his salacious past or that he gets a pass on it. The problem is he gets a pass on EVERYTHING. American believers have given this man a blank cheque and that is deeply concerning, or should be.
Let’s start with the Cyrus thing. This is actually bogus because it relies on two conflicting premises that Christian pro-Trumpers repeat ad nauseum. The first premise is that Donald Trump is a born again Christian believer. He is a man of faith. He is one of us. “We have a believer in the White House!”
This premise is that The Donald is God’s man in the Oval Office.
So far, so good. But here is where the Cyrus thing falls apart like a Poundworld watch.
Because the Cyrus trope is all about a heathen king – Cyrus the Great – who helped God’s people return from Babylonian captivity. We are told that Donald Trump is such a leader; he is a modern-day Cyrus – a man of the world – who will help the Christians of America regain influence in their nation.
Now anybody can see the dichotomy here. The question is: Which Trump are we being peddled? The Christian believer or the heathen ruler who is being used by God’s sovereign hand to effect change? You can’t have it both ways – yet that is precisely what promoters of Trump’s presidency are doing in a kind of pincer sweep. It’s like someone said “They won’t all buy he’s born again so we need a backup angle to pull in the doubters. We will re-invent him as a modern-age Cyrus figure!”
The problem is not Donald Trump himself; it is the immature and often fear-filled need of Christians to have “God’s man” in the White House – a man who can do no wrong and who must not EVER be questioned. To do so is to “oppose God.”
Psalm 2 tells us that God laughs at earthly rulers and nations of people who plot futile things. He clearly has a sense of humour when it comes to America.
This untrammelled worship of a national leader and unquestioned loyalty to him based on fear of incurring God’s wrath is precisely why America became America. One man with a Divine right to rule that cannot be questioned and who must be obeyed. Sound familiar?
The irony is that the British monarchy is now very much reduced from the scale of absolute power that offended our colonial cousins over two hundred years ago, while their own elected leader wields hegemonic power of proportions that are frightening.
Yes, God has a sense of humour. A people whose pride in opposing supposed tyranny by monarchs who claimed God’s endorsement for their rule now gleefully throw themselves headlong into blind and unquestioned fealty to their “Cyrus” king.
The thing of God that you reject will become the thing you end up in bondage to, only the dark side version of it.
You reject His grace, you will have licentiousness.
You reject His law and rule, you will become engulfed in legislative, red tape governments.
Americans rejected what they perceived to be a despotic king who claimed the Divine imperative to rule and ended up with a President you cannot question in case God fries you on the spot.
Trump should never be given a pass that equals unopposed acceptance of everything he does because people are too frightened to speak out. No President should. And no decent President should ever want such a pass which relies on fear and insecurity to keep the sheeple penned in by fear of Divine reprisals. This type of support for Trump – all too prevalent among unthinking evangelicals and Charismatics – only highlights the underlying insecurity that blights the Church in the United States.
Criticise Trump on social media and you are immediately pounced upon for “coming against” God’s appointed man. Yet isn’t the right to criticise what makes America, America? That you can? That you choose to?
Let me make my own position perfectly clear. I have no problem accepting that President Trump is God’s choice. I have no issue with people supporting him and getting behind him in prayer; a good part of my ministry involves exhorting believers to pray for our national leaders. This is a vital part of The Key of David, which is something I teach relentlessly.
I also believe that President Trump’s familial line connection to the two dear saints who prayed down the Lewis Revival is important and integral to his presidency. So I am for Trump by inclination and by imperative from the Lord in that it is unthinkable to me to be personally disrespectful to rulers, else I disqualify my own message.
But – and it is a big but – that does not give Donald Trump, or anybody else, licence to make policy without being questioned or sometimes criticised and opposed. Trump is now regarded as virtually infallible by some. Again, we had a Reformation because a religious leader claimed he could not be questioned as he was always right.
Kings and rulers are to be held to account and have their power curtailed by the prayers and ministry of the saints. It is a Christian duty to scrutinise the actions and intents of our national leaders and to rebuke when necessary, while praying for their welfare and success.
The reason we pray for those who have the rule over us is because they need such prayer and so do we.
Therefore I exhort first of all that you make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for everyone, for kings and for all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty, for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 TIMOTHY 2:1-4 MEV
Praying fervently for Donald Trump may help make him an unstoppable force.
The vital truth we need to grasp, however, is that it doesn’t in any way make him an unaccountable one.
The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. KING DAVID