Instead, I want to report on the fact that a video was released recently that shows some rather infamous "Prosperity Preachers" (a.k.a. false teachers) like Kenneth Copeland and Paula White placing their hands on Donald Trump to pray for "God's annointing" over him as he runs to become our next U.S. President.
As one Christian blogger wrote last week...
What do Kenneth Copeland, Paula White, Jan Crouch, Dr. David Jeremiah and Robert Jeffress all have in common? A video has surfaced online showing the men and women, along with others, laying hands on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump this week and praying for his potential presidency. According to reports, an estimated three dozen spiritual leaders from across America met with Trump for over two hours at his Trump Towers on Monday, providing advice. Those in attendance included a number of nationally-recognized televangelists and prosperity preachers, including the aforementioned Copeland, Crouch and White, as well as TBN regulars Jentezen Franklin, Steve Munsey and Clarence McClendon. Donald Trump has never shown himself to be a genuine Christian so this is not surprising. What is surprising is the spiraling downfall of David Jeremiah.
Friends, what happened right there is that Donald Trump let the "wolves in sheep's clothing" (Matthew 7:15) place their paws on him. Apparently, he doesn't mind petting and playing with wolves either as long as it helps him achieve his goal.
We should let this be a warning to us, especially if we haven't already questioned the man's morals and political views as believers in Christ.
Another fascinating angle to Donald Trump's present popularity from a decidedly Christian perspective is it's connection to the past and what it might mean for America.
Look, you all know that I'm certainly no fan of the "Social Gospel" (and I definitely do not agree with the author's final conclusion), but I think the writer makes some fair points for our prayerful consideration.
In the continual media coverage of Trump, we must guard against becoming desensitized to the historical precedent of this brand of politics. A 71-year-old man named Lou at the Phoenix Trump rally inadvertently spilled the beans: “This country today is sad, sad, sad,” he said. “You can’t say anything or they call you ‘a racist.’ It’s like we’re back in Nazi Germany. But look around, man. It’s people here reading and listening to his message.”
Lou hit the nail on the head with the historical allusion, but fails to realize how those racial politics played out and what side that puts him on. Trump supporters openly blame ethnic minorities for their economic problems and long for the days of a purer, paler race in America. Let me be clear — Trump is no führer, but ethnic politics are dangerous, and the world has seen this script before.
Another reason that Trump’s supporters have made him the current GOP frontrunner is that they believe Donald is being honest with them, unlike “all the faked, plasticky, canned politicians,” as one supporter put it. Because Trump avoids any talk that could be construed as “politically correct” (i.e. by making bombastic, demeaning comments about Hispanics and women), they deduce that he is speaking the truth.
A 150-year-old admonition from Robert Ingersoll cautions us that simply being honest about one’s bigotry is no virtue — “They knew no better, but I do not propose to follow the example of a barbarian because he was honestly a barbarian.”
So, is history repeating itself? Time will tell.
In the meantime, let's pray for the Lord to give us godly leaders with the understanding that He is in complete control at all times no matter what (Daniel 2:21).
In a Lutheran layman's terms, no politician or political party will save this country much less save men's souls (especially one that surrounds himself with false teachers!), because that role already belongs to the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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