Yes, Jesus is the King! But this is not so because the choruses of Trump’s supporters are saying so as they are celebrating his presidential victory this morning. That “Jesus is the King” is even more true in the face of the fact that millions of declared followers of Jesus in the US are to blame for the unsavory victory of Donald Trump.
To examine the value of Donald Trump one does not need to listen to various conspiracy gossips. His words, gimmicks and actions speak volumes. They demonstrate that he is a habitual liar, racist, nationalist with fascist overtones, hate monger at multiple levels, bully, fake Christian, a spiteful, revengeful and unpredictable man, as well as a sexual predator.
It does not surprise me at all that Donald Trump won. We are increasingly living in a valueless world. The most humiliating and shaming thing is that he won with an overwhelming support of the very people who claim that Jesus alone was their King. Christianity Today reported today that 4 in 5 white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump. “More than 80% of white evangelical and ‘born-again’ Christians voted for Mr. Trump”, stated the Wall Street Journal today too. And they did it in company with all kinds of extremists, white supremacists, racist and Nazi groups, such as Ku Klux Klan and alike.
In a surreal atmosphere intoxicated with deception too many Christians in America are celebrating today the victory of Donald Trump. Self-styled prophets, teachers and evangelists are prophesying about “God’s special purpose in choosing Donald Trump”. One of them declared today that “God has sovereignly raised up Donald Trump”. Various Christian leaders have called Donald Trump “God’s wrecking ball”, “God’s anointed choice”, “God’s choice” to “prepare America for Christ’s return.” In the next several days we are to witness numerous church services and other faith-based occasions that will celebrate the winning of Donald Trump through the waves of thanksgiving and praise.
On the other hand, thanks God, there are still many sober followers of Jesus who are very much concerned about the soul of America, and the world at this hour. We cannot agree that Heaven is celebrating too at this moment. Instead we believe that last night Jesus wept with many in the US and the world who are concerned about the state of delusion and deception that is engulfing the world today, many Christians including.
We cannot believe that there is anything that we have seen in the candidacy and the life of Donald Trump that is compatible with the life and values of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. We are finding it hard to believe that “America is going to be made great again” through the ministry of cynicism, threats, unpredictable actions, bulling, insults, character assassinations, humiliation, and promotion of hate and division which we have repeatedly witnessed in the life and actions of Donald Trump.
Instead we hope that the words of Tony Campolo, the American Christian writer, might come true: “His victory is likely to get evangelicals to do some soul searching as to who they are, and why they were swept up in supporting a man whose rhetoric played upon fear of immigrants, fear of Muslims, an anti-scientific disbelief in global warming, overt racism and sexist attitudes that are contrary to scripture.” Christianity Today, November 9, 2016.
Meanwhile, with embarrassment and shame in our hearts many of us will have to continue to live with the consequences of the fact that so many millions of American Christians have actually paved the way for Donald Trump to become the next President of the US. “They have”, in the words of a friend of mine, “created September 11 of another kind”. They have made last night Jesus weep again. And they will make us all pay for it, one way or another.
Let’s brace ourselves for a bumpy ride with increased turbulences, as we are wishing goodbye to the world as we know it. A saying goes: “As you make your bed, so you must lie on it”. Or in the words of Paul: “Whatever one sows, that will one also reap.” Galatians 6:7.
Recommended Reading and Watching at this time:
Glenn Greenwald talks to Democracy Now: Donald Trump’s public persona was consecrated and constructed by one of the most powerful media organizations in the world….
Christianity Today: Global Evangelical Leaders Concerned that Trump’s Win Will Harm the Church’s witness
The New Nationalism, The Economist
How the 2016 Election Reminded Me of Growing Up in a Cult
Sorry, Evangelicals, You Can’t Play the Trump Card and the God Card at Same Time
Let the Record Show, John Pavlovitz