Did God make Donald Trump President? This question has been debated since Trump was elected and still captures considerable attention today. I wrote about this before, but thought it pertinent to share again in the wake of some recent articles I have read.
When I awoke the morning after the presidential election and discovered Donald Trump had won, I thought it was a miracle. Not in the biblical sense of God manifesting His omnipotence, but in the sense his win was mystifyingly remarkable and unexpected, at least to me. Since Trump’s election I have been reading that some of the most vocal within the evangelical community think his election was a miracle of the first order, and not the second.
The mainstream news media was mystified.
The mainstream news media, as mystified as I was, and trying to understand how Trump pulled it off, are trying to get into the mindset of the voting block they think was responsible, white evangelicals.
I think the liberal press is in the dark on this one because of the truism expressed in the childhood retort, “It takes one to know one.” By that I mean, many within the liberal press do not understand the evangelical mindset because for the most part they are not evangelicals.
So let me open the eyes of those blinded by their liberalism, evangelicals did not vote for Donald Trump because of his sterling Christian character; they voted for him because they were terrified of a Hillary Clinton administration.
The liberal news media searching for a political explanation for the results of the last election will not understand or accept the idea of divine intervention, since many of their number seem to question His very existence.
God doesn’t take breaks from running the universe.
But when evangelicals claim God made Trump President to supposedly correct the policies of Barack Obama they are suggesting that God took a break from running the universe when Obama was elected and that is theologically inconsistent. I don’t think God takes those kinds of breaks.
Based on my reading and understanding of the Scriptures, God sovereignly superintends the flow of human history, so that humans acting as free moral agents making decisions and doing things, both good and bad, are woven into the tapestry of circumstances inexorably culminating in His perfect will.
God is always in control.
This means God, in His mercy and grace works in, through and with humans to accomplish His will in the earth. In His grace, God works through us at times, and in His mercy, in spite of us at other times. And this holds true for whoever the president is, Barack Obama or Donald Trump.
Solomon wrote, “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes,” Proverbs 21:1. A king or president can ultimately do no more or no less than God allows. Donald Trump, as our president, is a very small part of a master plan that is supremely larger than his own ego.
God is still in control; Trump only thinks he is.