Late last week, I tweeted a message from conservative evangelicals to President Donald Trump: “STOP! We are so sick of WINNING! Brett Kavanaugh confirmed and Pastor Andrew Brunson released in one week’s time? ENOUGH!”
The Bible tells the remarkable story of Esther, a Jewish woman living in Persia and raised by her cousin Mordecai. The Jews had been exiled to Persia, where a plan was hatched for all of them to be executed. Through God’s providence and a series of events, the king of the Persian Empire makes Esther queen, but he doesn’t know she’s Jewish. So here is the Jewish Esther, with direct access to the Persian king, in a position to try to get the king to stop the execution of her own people!
Her cousin Mordecai then speaks these words that are often cited by evangelicals everywhere: “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Esther rises to the occasion, the king changes his mind, and the Jews are saved.
Trump is an instrument for course correction
Esther is considered a hero in the Jewish history books. Evangelicals see Donald Trump in a similar way: an unlikely hero, put in a place of influence, “for such a time as this.”
No, not to turn back the clock on civil rights. Today’s authentic, Bible-believing evangelicals have no tolerance for racism of any kind. Rather, they see God’s hand at play to usher in a new era in support of traditional Judeo-Christian principles.
Securing Pastor Brunson’s release from Turkey is just the latest example of Trump’s commitment. Picking his Supreme Court justices is the generational cornerstone of a much larger change. In the evangelical world, whether it’s moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, actively upholding religious liberty, eagerly encouraging pro-life policies, or standing strong for the Judeo-Christian values that made America the best country in the world, Trump is seen as an instrument in a much needed American course correction.
Traditional biblical values have been under attack for decades. In the 1960s, the Supreme Court did away with prayer and Bible reading in public schools. The 1970s brought us the controversial Roe v. Wade decision and all of a sudden, abortion was legal in America. Earlier this decade, gay marriage was OK’d by the Supreme Court. It has been one thing after another and now, along comes Trump who proclaims, “We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values.” His new Supreme Court may do just that.
The mainstream news media get sidetracked when they report on certain evangelicals who claim God told them Trump would be president for such a time as this. The real and much larger truth: The majority of evangelicals think God has raised up Trump to be president at this time in America’s history. I hear it all the time in my reporting, interviews and the comments sent to me on a regular basis. Here’s a sample:
“No doubt DJT is God’s choice to lead America at this time and place.” — @tksloan1
“With his flaws and odd as it may seem, God has chosen Trump for such a time as this. (The Supreme) Court has history of rulings opposed to God’s Truth. Kavanaugh battle was spiritual. … God is dealing with Court.” — @Gerryinpa
“With our votes he became president for Biblical Justice & Truth to rule through the Supreme Court selections.” — @GeorgetteJean
“I think God lifted President Trump for the good of all. This country has been on a downfall for a long time. God is giving us a chance to turn this country around.” — Christina Burke, Facebook comment
“This is just the beginning. President Trump will be appointing at least two more. God’s plan will prevail! Stay Tuned!” — @classact2018
“Solidifying the Supreme Court was my #1 issue …” — @pcneef
“The hand of God must be in this.” — @jdawg6418
“John the Baptist was a flamethrower also. America needed an unvarnished truth speaker.” — @Billy_Purcell
A Supreme Court that’s heaven-sent
It’s imperative to point out that just as evangelicals see Trump as God’s man for this time, they would be quick to acknowledge that Barack Obama’s presidency was also part of God’s plan. It reminds me of a story related to the 2016 presidential campaign that I wrote about in my book, “The Faith of Donald J. Trump.” Robert Jeffress, the senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Dallas, told me about a lunch of Wendy’s cheeseburgers aboard Trump’s luxurious campaign plane.
He recalled saying to the candidate, “Mr. Trump, I believe you’re going to be the next president of the United States. And if that happens it’s because God has a special purpose for you.” Trump looked at Jeffress and asked, “Well, tell me something, Pastor, do you believe God put President Obama into office?” “Yes sir, I do,” Jeffress told Trump. “I think every leader who holds a place of authority is there by God’s predetermined plan.”
Romans 13:1 declares, “There is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Evangelicals believe this promise, and that’s why they are supremely confident that Donald Trump and his Supreme Court have been heaven-sent.
Fonte: USA TODAY