On Trump and Charlottesville

A lot has happened in the past couple days, things have escalated quickly, and our president hasn’t responded as adequately as we would like him to. The bad news is that as bad as the events in Charlottesville are, this is nothing new. From Ferguson to Baton Rouge and Treyvon Martin to Tamir Rice, all of these are just nasty sores on an infected body. With every police killing or white supremacist riot, we just lift up America’s pant leg and say, “There’s another one—this one has pus and hair in it.”

 

This is all symptomatic of a deeper disease that won’t ever be healed by just focusing on the individual events. Despite what #ThisIsNotUs says, this IS us. We’re sick and we’ve been sick for 400 years since the day we set foot on North American soil. 

But the good news is that I don’t think things will stay this way. It annoys me when I hear Christians rail Trump and talk about him like he’s some irredeemable, walking abomination. Yes, he’s made horrible mistakes and says things that are impressively stupid. But how can we for a second assume that any man’s asinine actions can outweigh God’s power?

I remember(not personally, obviously) when Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon and was similarly arrogant and blindingly ignorant. He too was oppressing the poor and making profoundly idiotic demands from killing his advisors for not being able to read his mind and tell him his dreams to throwing Hebrew boys into furnaces for not bowing down to a statue of himself.

And then when God warned him in a dream that his days were numbered, Daniel pleaded with him, “Break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity.”(Dan. 4:27). But Nebuchadnezzar ignored him and went on being arrogant and ignorant all the more until God lobotomized him and replaced his brain with an animal’s so he was walking on all fours and eating grass.

nebuchadnezzar meme

But God…

…came in clutch once Nebuchadnezzar repented and he became king again, but this time humbled, wiser, and more compassionate.

Yes, I believe that Trump may be a puppet. But God is able to turn puppets into real boys—or in this case real men. This may sound naive. Maybe I’m too optimistic. But in the midst of a swirling hurricane of evil it’s easy to forget that God has a way of speaking to storms and turning them to vacations. 

For anyone who hasn’t seen this, this is a video of Kim Clement prophesying Trump becoming president in 2007. Regardless of what you make of it, you have to admit it’s something to think about…

 

 

 

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