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Benjamin L. Corey

BLC is an author, speaker, scholar, and global traveler, who holds graduate degrees in Theology & Intercultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and received his doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller. He is the author of Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus, and Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith.

If You Think Trump Was Picked By God, You Might Want to Read the Rest of That Bible Story

My Christian brothers and sisters on the Religious Right seem to be quite fond of claiming that God himself had a direct role in making Donald Trump president.

I recall Franklin Graham claimed that Trump’s rise to the American Throne was so bizarre that the only explanation could be that God himself was directly involved in making sure Trump became President of the United States:

“He did everything wrong, politically… he offended gays. He offended women. He offended the military. He offended black people. He offended the Hispanic people. He offended everybody! And he became president of the United States. Only God could do that.”

During Trump’s presidency thus far, I’ve been amazed at the considerable number of figures and leaders on the Religious Right who have carried the torch of claiming that God himself placed Donald Trump in the White House.

As someone who knows my Bible *pretty* well, too, I’ll have to admit… the idea that Trump might be “God’s pick” certainly is a biblical concept– it’s one established in a very famous story where people begged God for a leader– and got one.

But here’s the funny thing my friends on the Religious Right seem to forget:

If we go back to the biblical story where this concept comes from, the idea that Trump is God’s pick is actually reeeeaaaaallly bad.

So, might Trump be God’s pick as they claim?

Well, as a preacher and teacher of the Bible, I say we open our Bibles and turn to that famous story of God picking a king. If after reading the Bible we find undeniable similarities to America and the rise of Trump, I’ll concede the point to my friends on the Religious Right and admit that it might be true.

Let’s look at that Bible story and what Scripture tells us:

The people of Israel claimed they wanted to drain the swamp of crooked leadership, and that having a strong national leader who wasn’t part of the current establishment, but who was similar to other world leaders they admired, was going to be the only way to do it (1 Samuel 8:5). They were also tired of losing and wanted someone to do something about those darn Philistines who seemed to keep winning. They lamented about how things were, and began to insist that the only solution was to have a strong king who’d make the nation do things God’s way and who would save them from their enemies.

Assuming that having a powerful king take authority in order to get the nation to do things “God’s way” and defeat their enemies was a horrible idea, the Bible tells us. God even instructed the prophets to warn everyone to reject the entire concept before it could backfire on everyone.

But the people didn’t listen.

They rejected all the warnings of God’s own prophet, and chose instead to place their hope and trust in a king who’d help them win again.

And you know what? God reluctantly stepped back and let them let them have the leader they wanted. They ended up choosing Saul– a man from a rich family who talked a big game about following God, who was anointed behind the scenes by the religious establishment before being put in front of the people for a vote; a leader who turned out to be greedy and seeking personal gain, someone who loved war and a big military; a man who consistently disregarded God once he was in power, who spent so much time and attention trying to attack his political rival that he neglected the needs of the country, and who eventually became mentally unstable with fits of madness where his closest attendants were always trying to figure out how to calm him down.

Sound familiar?

So while my friends on the Religious Right may be drawing a real concept from an actual biblical story, the idea that God would reluctantly anoint a particular president after growing tired of the religious elite ignoring the warnings of prophets, doesn’t mean that God is attempting to bless you.

Sometimes giving in to people who won’t listen to reason, and reluctantly letting them have what they want, is actually God’s judgement– not blessing.

So, could Trump really be “God’s pick”?

Well, I can’t lie… I do see a few similarities to that story in the Bible.

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Benjamin L. Corey

BLC is an author, speaker, scholar, and global traveler, who holds graduate degrees in Theology & Intercultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell, and earned his doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller.

He is the author of Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith, and Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus.

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  6. If you are a Christian who believes in God’s sovereign involvement with human affairs, then I guess it makes sense to say and believe that the person who becomes president is somehow “put there by God”. IF, that is what conservative Christians meant when they claimed that Mr. Trump was put in the office of president by God, then I could tolerate their claims.

    But IF that is what they meant, they would also have to admit that Obama, Bush, Clinton and EVERY other American president was “put there by God”. And THAT is something they absolutely do not say or believe.

    Obvious inconsistency and hypocrisy.

  7. Apparently, in charismatic circles, there was a word given by Kim Clement regarding “a trumpet” (Feb 10, 2007) and Lance Wallnau about “Cyrus of old” (2015). That appears to be the origin of “God’s anointed” notion. But interestingly enough, Kim also said there would come “a David” “in the middle of the presidency” in the time “after Obama” and that God would “fool the people” regarding this “trump”, and two Supreme court justices would step down (Feb 22, 2014). C’mon David, where are you?

  8. There is one serious problem with this story. That is, modern-day evangelicals don’t know these accounts. They don’t read their bibles. They would say, ”Saul? Who? Oh, you mean ‘Paul of the new testament.’” This is why I quit the evangelical movement. They used to worship George W Bush also, overlooking the unjustified destruction of Iraq, the torture of civilians, the destroyed Iraqi Christian community. Thank you for your creative analogy, very good use of biblical accounts updated to modern times. This is why biblical studies are still very important.

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