Did God choose Trump? What it means to believe in divine intervention

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Source: RNS

By Lauren Markoe

(Editor’s note: Since Donald Trump’s victory in last year’s election, many Christians became convinced he was chosen by God to be president even though he hardly fits their mold of a virtuous leader. In our “Hand of God” series, we take a closer look at the widespread belief that God intervenes in our nation’s political process. We profile three people who think that’s the case. And we analyze why they believe what they do, and look at the potential implications for American democracy.)

WASHINGTON (RNS) Democracy may be based on the principle of “one person, one vote,” but some people who supported Donald Trump believe the Master of the Universe cast the master ballot.

“God raised up, I believe, Donald Trump,” said former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann after he won the GOP nomination. “God showed up,” the Rev. Franklin Graham said to cheers at a post-election rally.

For those who share this view, Trump’s victory was nothing short of miraculous, especially given that he beat out 16 others in the Republican primaries — some of them evangelical Christians with long political resumes.

“For me, that has to be providence. That has to be the hand of God,” said Paula White, an evangelical pastor Trump has tapped to pray at his inauguration.

While it is unclear how many people accept this version of events — polling organizations contacted by RNS didn’t have statistics on it — conservative Christians appear most likely to embrace it.

But taken to its logical conclusion, the belief that God is in control of earthly events leads to noxious moral positions and bad public policy, warns William Schweiker, an ordained Methodist minister and professor of theological ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

“It means it’s OK with you and it’s God’s will that millions of people starve to death because of our actions,” he says.

“We don’t need to worry about the nations going under water because of climate change.”

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2 replies

  1. This could be the “hand of God,” who, as we have all heard many times, “works in strange ways.” There are one or two ‘unsolved mysteries’ about World War II that come to mind when I think about this topic.

    The democratic forces HAD to win the Second World War. Why? Thank you for asking! There is Bible prophecy by none other than Jesus Christ that gives us a very strong indicator of the need for us to be ruled in a democratic fashion.

    Matthew 24:14 states that, “this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

    Imagine how well that preaching work would have fared in the hands of dictators, like Adolf, Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Emperor Hirohito, and their military juggernauts. It would not.

    So, our Creator, monitoring this whole thing, could easily have maneuvered events to make the outcome of the war match His requirements, and permit the preaching work to continue unabated.

    So, why did Admiral Nagumo decide that his two waves of attacking aircraft had accomplished their mission, leaving massive resources for the U.S. Navy to continue without letup? The Navy, along with other forces, would, in time, bring the Japanese nation to its knees.

    Why was Hitler in a drugged stupor on the morning of June 6, 1944, and, hence, unable to release Panzer brigades to the D-Day beaches of Normandy, allowing the Allied forces to create their beachhead, permitting them to forge ahead, ultimately forcing Germany to unconditional surrender?

    Yes, “God works in mysterious ways.” He may well have placed Donald Trump in power as the new U.S. president. Time will tell. He knows exactly what He is doing, giving us an opportunity to allow our patience to be tested.

    The preaching of the “good news” must go ahead. It’s Bible prophecy, and that will never fail. [The Bible also prophesies that earth will be turned into a paradise, so it’s reason for us to keep hoping.]

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