My fiancee called me at six 0’clock this morning to ask me if I had heard that Donald Trump had been elected president.
Yolanda, I have come to learn, is quite prophetic. She often sees into situations with prophetic clarity and often knows things that are going to happen. She’s aware of this ability but she’s (thankfully) completely lacking in any of the silly “christianese” assumptions about it. She’s generally quiet and introspective about what she knows ahead of time.
She’s known Trump would be the next president. But unlike so many Christian prophets who think they know how this works, but, in my opinion, don’t, she hasn’t been declaring Trump to be God’s man to save America. Yeah, she’s a keeper.
Is it really God who sets up the world’s kings and leaders? Yep. It sure is. Does that mean it’s His will? Nope. It’s our will, collectively speaking, not necessarily His.
Though Yolanda knew who the next president would be (I myself was sure he would lose), she is not happy about it, and neither am I. She would not be happier if Clinton had won, and neither would I. How in the world did we end with up with two such reprehensible choices? I think it’s the wrath of God.
The wrath of God is defined and described in Romans 1, particularly in verse 28: “…even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up to a reprobate mind…”. Ezekiel 22:31 says, “…their own way have I bought upon their heads…”. In other words. God gives to the rebellious and disobedient exactly what they want. So as far as what comes from God’s hand, this wrath is gentle, though we humans may do very ugly things with it. It also doesn’t really violate our will. I’ve noticed that God rarely does that.
Now, I’m not saying that this wrath is directed at people who don’t know God, and I’m not saying it isn’t. My focus is on those claiming to be following God. I think it’s a grievous error to claim to know God, but not know His mind, and when that happens, it is the prophetic voices who must bear the most responsibility.
I can’t be completely sure I know what God is thinking, but I know what I’m thinking. I know I’m a prophet, but I also know I’m sometimes wrong. I am angry at those supposed prophetic voices, and those who point to them, who were declaring that God had raised up Donald Trump to “make America great again” and are now celebrating his victory. You think God set him up to be president? Yes, I believe He did. So you think it necessarily follows that he is God’s choice? No, you’re wrong. he is YOUR choice. YOU bear the responsibility for what is to follow. I don’t know what that will look like, and I am not, personally, afraid. But I heard loud and clear what Yolanda said to me this morning:
“Something bad is about to happen”.
Man, this election! Like a lot of people, I’ve gotten into some intense conversations and Facebook threads about it. My comments have mostly been toward Trump, but not because I think he’s worse than Clinton. These candidates are each SO bad that talking about one being worse than the other seems ridiculous. They’re bad! REALLY bad! On any reasonable scale for rating candidates’ qualification, both of these would be WAY into negative numbers.
Actually, my focus on Trump doesn’t have much to do with concern about who our next president is going to be. Both candidates are prone to be despots, and I don’t have a preference as to what KIND of despot I come under. I despise any kind. Our wonderful experiment in self-governance has wrecked on the rocks while we were busy not paying attention. Sad as that is, it has not been where my hope lies since becoming a Christian. My focus on Trump comes from my deep concern for the Church, primarily Evangelical Christianity, because that is my tribe.
I’ve been hearing “prophecies” declaring Trump to be God’s choice to save the nation. I’ve heard the bizarre justification for supporting this clown (Hmm. I wonder if the current clown sightings is prophetic?) that God can use Pharaoh or Cyrus, or a donkey (let’s not confuse a donkey with an ass).
First of all, if and when God uses a seriously flawed man or woman to rule over a people, that is not a good thing. It means something evil needs to be exposed, and not in the ruler but in the people who are ruled. It should be a time of mourning, not rejoicing, unless you’re rejoicing over your own exposure and consequent acknowledgment of sin and repentance.
Second, as a prophet myself – a reluctant one, I’d like to add – I don’t have much respect for what passes as prophecy in this country. To reframe an old joke, if you were to lay all our so-called prophets end to end, they would still all point in different directio. Heck, I not even very sure of my own prophetic inclinations. But I’m really sure about something I’ve known since my conversion in 1979; tyranny is coming to this nation. I don’t know that this is the time that this will happen, but it kind of looks inevitable (to those Christians praying for God’s mercy on the United States, pray neither of these turkeys becomes president).
I am also pretty sure about this: If there is a purpose in this infuriating insistence Evangelicals have to support Donald Trump, it’s to expose something very ugly and unChristlike in that camp. I have written a little about this before, as have lots of other folks. Maybe I’ll write more. I don’r know. But frankly, a lot of you folks are a big embarrassment.