Evangelicals, Stop Crediting God With Donald Trump’s Victory

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Dear Evangelical Preachers,

I think you believe you’re helping right now.
I think you believe you’re actually glorifying God.

I think you believe you’re somehow bolstering the Gospel.
I think you believe that you’re engineering some conversation-stopping, sanctified mic drop, by crediting God with Donald Trump’s ascension to the U.S. Presidency.

You’re not doing anyone of these things.

You’re not sharing the Good News of Jesus.
You’re not evangelizing.
You’re not making disciples.
You’re not helping.

You’re making from the pulpit and platform, the greatest case for Atheism you could ever make.

You’re aligning God with an ignorant, petulant, narcissistic bully.
You’re putting God’s rubber stamp on unprecedented racism, bigotry, and violence.
You’re attributing to God, the most despicable treatment of women, the greatest intolerance toward the marginalized, the least compassion for the hurting.
In other words, you’re assassinating the character of Jesus in an effort to rub non-Christian’s noses in it.

Crediting Donald Trump’s win to “God” is the best conceivable argument for someone rejecting faith.

If God is responsible for the unbridled vulgarity, the viciousness toward people of color, the utter disregard for diversity that the President has so continually displayed—you can keep God.

If God sanctions someone like Trump to the highest place of leadership we have—you can have that God.

If God is that partisan, God is not a God who “so loved the world”, but One who has contempt for most of it.

If you’re asking me to agree that a God who is love, can also be a God who votes Trump, you can stop right now because that’s laughable and ludicrous. 

Fortunately, I know God isn’t responsible for this disaster:

God didn’t campaign for Donald Trump.
God didn’t fail to report on the sexual assault allegations against him.
God didn’t give incendiary sermons.

God didn’t hack into our databases.
God didn’t generate fake news stories.
God didn’t suppress voters.
God didn’t refuse to educate himself on the issues.
God didn’t reject experience for celebrity.
God didn’t have his racism emboldened.
God didn’t manufacture hatred for Hillary Clinton.
God didn’t excuse sexual assault for a Supreme Court seat.
God didn’t choose party over country.
God didn’t stay home on Election Day.

I think God watched it all and wept.

It’s rather telling that the same God you’re crediting for Donald Trump now, seems to have had nothing to do with the past 8 years of Barack Obama. Guess God was offline or sleeping during those two terms.

Preacher, there is nothing to be gained by using the President as supposed evidence of God’s work in the world. It bears no good fruit. It has no redemptive value.

All it does is pour salt into the gaping wounds of marginalized communities who feel threatened and vulnerable right now. It says to people of color and Muslims and the LGBTQ community and women, that God is not for them. It confirms for those already viewing Christians as all hypocritical, dangerous, and self-serving—that they are correct in this assumption.

You’re wasting your platform, failing your calling, and squandering an audience with millions of people by giving God credit for a madman’s success.

Stop it. 

Stop passing the buck to God. 

 

 

 

 

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376 thoughts on “Evangelicals, Stop Crediting God With Donald Trump’s Victory

  1. Pastor Brooks, while it is true that no one but God knows someone’s heart. You as a preacher also know that the scriptures says that you shall know them by their fruit. So that is all we have to go on, is the things we see one do and say. Neither one of the two, Clinton or Trump were a good choice and I did not support either one of them. It tells us in Exodus Ch. 18 verse 21, what to look for, how to choose our leaders. If people believe that God chooses the president, then they would have to agree that he also chose Obama. If he chooses the president, then he choose booth or the argument is not valid. I happen to believe that, the people chose Trump, the same as they chose Obama and every other president. God gave us free will to chose, just as he gave us the choice to chose between good and evil. Yes, he can intervene if he chooses. But since the ruler of the world right now is Satan, I would say he has more to do with why we find ourselves in the mess we are in, because the people are not seeking Gods will, but their own, as is evident by the things that are happening. We are seeing a great falling away. But the bible tells us this will happen. It also tells us that many will be deceived. If I have said anything here that is not true, feel free to let me know.

    • I respect what you are saying. Nor did I vote for either candidate much like you and probably for some of the same reasons. But now that Trump has won it is up to us, the Christians, to pray to a God who can lead and guide our president. However spreading hate and degrading the elected as many do is no way to handle a situation. Prayer and encouraging others to pray, rather than condemning others for their support, is the way to go. I am sure you agree with that. This article comes off as if the writer is condemning people for supporting Trump which is equivalent to condemning a lost sinner who wants to accept Christ but the Church chooses to reject him rather that love and support him.

      I believe, as you, God didn’t chose Trump but there is a difference in God electing him and anointing him. Read the story of Nebuchadnezzar in the bible of how he wasn’t a godly man but God chose to anoint him as His vessel anyway. What did Nebakanezzar do? Built his kingdom, stopped the persecution of the Christians and during this he came to know God as the True God.

      Should we not support Trump and encourage him to continue on the same pattern as Nebakanezzar? I have noticed a change in Trump already. Have you?

      • Ummmm….Nebuchadnezzar did not have anything to do with Christians.
        If you’re going to cite the Book, know the Book!

    • The Bible clearly states that God sets up and takes down rulers.

      Trump would not be in office without God’s permission and his foreknowledge of the election results. Don’t you think that God could have intervened and allowed someone else to be elected?

      Have you forgotten that God took down a king who glorified himself (Nebuchadnezzar) and then restored him to power when he repented. God even foretold the event through Daniel, a prophet of God, and Nebuchadnezzar either forgot it or ignored it and so he went through it. Are you unaware that God’s prophet foretold the rule of Cyrus 150 years before Cyrus sat on the throne. Do you think Cyrus would have ever gained power if he didn’t serve the purposes of God?

      Are you aware of Isiah 9:6 concerning another king that would rule? God is always involved in the affairs of men contrary to what anyone might wish to believe.

      Go through the Bible and see how God dealt with rulers of nations and people’s. Your article is not scriptural and it is misleading about God’s plans for this or any other nation or people.

      History is “his story” not ours. It begins in eternity and continues forever because God is not restricted to time as we are. We are privileged to know him and serve him, and there isn’t anything that doesn’t happen outside of God’s perfect will whether it’s his direct intervention or his permission for evil to have its way for a time or a season. In the end, all of it serves his purposes.

      Trump is in office by God’s will and he will serve God’s purposes no matter what you or I or anyone else would like to believe. To think or believe otherwise contradicts God’s word.

  2. The Bible clearly states that God sets up and takes down rulers.

    Trump would not be in office without God’s permission and his foreknowledge of the election results. Don’t you think that God could have intervened and allowed someone else to be elected?

    Have you forgotten that God took down a king who glorified himself (Nebuchadnezzar) and then restored him to power when he repented. God even foretold the event through Daniel, a prophet of God, and Nebuchadnezzar either forgot it or ignored it and so he went through it. Are you unaware that God’s prophet foretold the rule of Cyrus 150 years before Cyrus sat on the throne. Do you think Cyrus would have ever gained power if he didn’t serve the purposes of God?

    Are you aware of Isiah 9:6 concerning another king that would rule? God is always involved in the affairs of men contrary to what anyone might wish to believe.

    Go through the Bible and see how God dealt with rulers of nations and people’s. Your article is not scriptural and it is misleading about God’s plans for this or any other nation or people.

    History is “his story” not ours. It begins in eternity and continues forever because God is not restricted to time as we are. We are privileged to know him and serve him, and there isn’t anything that doesn’t happen outside of God’s perfect will whether it’s his direct intervention or his permission for evil to have its way for a time or a season. In the end, all of it serves his purposes.

    Trump is in office by God’s will and he will serve God’s purposes no matter what you or I or anyone else would like to believe. To think or believe otherwise contradicts God’s word.

  3. Oh my goodness, THANK you, John Pavlovitz for these comments. I too am severely annoyed by fundamentalist christians who think God had anything to do with Trump rising to power. What is so ironic about this belief is Drumpf epitomizes everything that is disgusting about the west. Out of control materialism, inequity and injustice. What a colossal joke! If anything, God is waiting to correct the various governments of the day, including Drumpf.
    God will work on our interiors first, and the material, including government will be corrected last.

  4. There us a big difference between someone following Jesus and someone who is a christofascist. If they are preaching any kind of hate, intolerance, or judgment, they are the latter. If a pastor is wealthy then they are the latter. If your pastor lives in a fancy house or drives a fancy car you can be sure they are not following Jesus.

  5. Scripture clearly teaches that no leader receives authority without God’s permission (John 19:11), or indeed without His direction (Romans 13:1-2). That said, the fact that a leader rises to power is no guarantee that he or she will be a godly leader. King David was raised up by God to do His will. But so was Saul. So was Pharaoh. So was Herod. So was Pilate. That is worth pondering. Jeusus’ commands about “whoever says ‘You fool! will be in danger of hellfire” applies to how we speak about our leaders as well as our neighbors. Scripture (that is, the Lord through the Scripture) also commands His people to obey the authorities, except in those rare cases where obeying man would involve direct disobedience to God. Christians are to be known as the most humble, the most gentle, and the most loving, and the most law-abiding people in any community. The New Testament never grants permission for the raised fist or the shouted, angry slogan.

    • I commented on this post early on because I thought it was going to be a good talk with a Christian kick to it. But regret posting now because I see now that is, and I believe was intended to be, a post merely as a bash Trump post from the beginning. I don’t get into those types of posts.

      Does anyone know this John Pavlovitz? Is he really a pastor? If so John I would give you some good spiritual advice, and that would be to study your bible a little more. If you’re not a Christian my advice would be to get to know Christ. You’ll see things in a total new light.

      God Bless

  6. There are over 600 interdictions against lying in the
    Bible. Satan is also known as “the Father of Lies”. Donald and his administration everytime they open their mouths.

    I think that Evangelicals have found a religious sect that requires rules but not ethics or morals.

  7. Oh, Every time I begin to think I might have lost not just my soul but my mind, after Christians have called me a nihilist and telling me that I should beg forgiveness for not adhering to their definition of scripture; I read something from you and suddenly what I know in my heart to be true was not just a fantasy. THANK YOU!

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  9. Ditto, John. They chose power over people. Religious control over love. God gives us all the ability to choose, and instead they want to legislate to have their way. They have chosen to exalt themselves higher than God. They have chosen hatred, racism, sexism, classism, xenophobia, religious zeal, and homophobia all in God’s name. They seem to have forgotten how Jesus was criticized for loving and being a friend to sinners. They are modern-day Pharisees. Matthew 23 is a passage when Jesus talks about the Pharisees being proud, religious hypocrites. It is not likely who have bristled at your rebuke will recognize themselves as such.

  10. Maybe my story won’t be read because I am commenting long after this blog was published. But anyway . . . I am an atheist, was a Christian. I’ve been an atheist for many years. When I was a child I was raised to be a Christian. And I heard Christians say puzzling things which conflicted with my sense of morality, even as a young person. Hell was number one. Eternal punishment for things that made no sense. And an easy out through salvation. Huh? Gandhi goes to hell but if Hitler at the end accepted Jesus and asked forgiveness he gets heaven? It made no sense. The exclusionary aspects of other religions made no sense. Christianity was the only way and everyone else was wrong. That made no sense to me at all. How would you know for sure if you picked the correct religion? I figured this out at about 12 years old.

    My father who identified as a Christian did not believe in hell and did not believe that other religions were wrong, he just thought of them as different paths. I went along with that for a while, but it still did not make sense. Religions seems so tribal.

    When I was a teen I became a Baha’i. It seemed to acknowledge that there were different paths to God. However, over time I saw that they too believed that their religion was the culmination of those paths and their way was the best way. Plus, despite assurances that women were equal to men, only men could serve on it highest governing body. Um, no.

    I floated as a deist, thinking that if there is a god the god is disinterested.

    And then one day I realized that there was no particularly good reason to believe in a god as there wasn’t any real evidence for god. What a relief. I no longer had to try to make sense of ugliness in religions, of deaths in the name of religion, of the exclusionary basis of religion, of the authoritarian tendencies.

  11. John, you may be wrong about this. God may well have ‘allowed’ Trump’s victory to give America and many ‘Christians’ what they deserve. Trump is doing the gospel a service IMO — helping to delineate the line between light and dark. Rock on Jesus!

  12. Thank you, well said. The only disagreement I have is the brush you paint atheists with. There is nothing wrong with being an atheist. I consider myself a Christian Atheist. I still believe in the values that were promoted by Jesus, but not in a being God or the doctrines of the Church.

  13. Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Romans 13:1

    The bible says that GOD does establish who the leaders are, both the good and the bad ones. We are also told to pray for our leaders.
    This is the message you need to be sending.

    • The Bible is not the governing authority of all of life on this planet. Get over yourselves. Not one of you professed “Christians” are in fact eligible to ascribe that nomenclature to yourself.
      Except Pavlovitz.
      And me….on a good day.
      Now all the rest of you go sit down – grown folks are talking here!

  14. John, they think he’s King Cyrus reincarnated and anointed by God. They’re ready to defend him to their deaths. Surely you’ve heard this!

  15. Given past ‘pronouncements’ from various Evangelicals, I sincerely believe that they are to Christianity what kangaroos are to skydiving.

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