In 2016 I was vehemently against Donald Trump and all that he stood for. Like many persons around the world, I saw many stories about him being a misogynistic, racist, xenophobe among many colorful adjectives. I was in utter shock and dismay when he won. How could this have happened? How could America love and even elect someone who seems so clearly awful and unworthy? I remembered having a discussion in my department and a Christian colleague said the night of the election the Lord told her that Trump would win. She said she asked him if that’s what he wanted and his response was yes. Imagine my shock and awe that that could be a remote possibility.
As the years progressed, things seemed to get progressively worst. Latent racism seemed to rare its ugly head and those who were covert racists, now seemed like overt racists. The media highlighted every possible negatives and it did matter how “severe” these actions seemed, Trump supporters never wavered in their love and devotion to him.
And so it got me thinking. Are they seeing something that we are not? Are they racists and he’s merely a reflection of their heart? It was unfathomable. But, that couldn’t be possible true, could it? I do not believe that almost 80 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump are racists or all the other colorful adjectives ascribed to him. So, what is it that they saw, that we didn’t?
As I delved deeper, I recognized that those who are Christians were his biggest and most loyal supporters. This seemed contradictory, but I wanted to understand why. This is what I discovered. Trump had policies that were in alignment with the word of God. He pushed religious freedom. He’s against abortion and homosexuality. According to DesmoinesRegister, an online newspaper,”Trump’s election came as religious liberty was under unprecedented attack. The Obama administration was trying to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their religious conscience and facilitate payment for abortifacient drugs and other contraceptives. During oral arguments in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, President Barack Obama’s solicitor general told the Supreme Court that churches and universities could lose their tax-exempt status if they opposed same-sex marriage.” The article went on to state that Hillary Clinton would have advanced these Obama measures.
It became clear that people loved Trump because some of his policies were more in line with that of God. Is he a flawed individual? Certainly. But did he have policies that are in line with Christian beliefs? Certainly.
See many will say but he’s racist, he incited violence, he …too many things to finish. And all of that may be true, but most evangelicals were looking at the person who would promote God through policies. Many will say, it was a ploy to appease his base. But is it the case that he was being used by God? Is he the Cyrus of this generation? So love him or hate him as Christians are we promoting and celebrating those who are anti-God in their policies or those who will promote God and his word.
My view on Trump the man has not changed, but my view on Trump the President changed. I do believe he served a purpose and God’s hand was in his ascension to the presidency.