We called Ronald Reagan “the teflon president,” but Donald Trump has seemingly avoided more calamity, had more attacks slide effortlessly off himself, and emerged unchanged enough to snatch Reagan’s title in a mere three years. In fact, the series of missteps, political miscalculations, and fumbles by Democrats, along with some truly inexplicable support by Republicans who despise Trump might be more readily explained by supernatural events than by any cause of reason.
This leads to the inevitable question: Is God blessing Trump? Is God blessing a man who feels no need to repent, who basks in the glory of his sin, who continually lies and conspires to enrich himself, to use others as tools and pawns in the accruing of glory to himself, who so thoroughly tramples the Golden Rule underfoot?
How could God bless such a person? If God is blessing Trump, does that make God the capricious, gleeful persecutor and unjust captor of mankind’s souls that atheists and haters of “organized religion” conjure?
Take heart, Christian. If it seems like God is blessing Trump, it is completely within the character and consistent sovereignty of the Lord to do so. And more than that, we (I’m speaking to Christians) should pray that God continues to bless and preserve him. We should do this regardless of our own opinion of the man.
I offer a Biblical case that God can indeed bless Trump, and preserve him through impeachment, scandal, and his own depredations of the gravity of his office.
God is consistent and merciful. His gifts and his calling are irrevocable, writes Paul in Romans 11:29. Paul is writing about the Jews, who oppose Christians.
As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. 30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.
If God loves the Jews who abandoned the Son of God, who crucified the Savior of the world, on account of the patriarchs, to whom God promised blessing to a thousand generations (Exodus 20:6, Deuteronomy 7:9), how much more will God bless a man we dub “leader of the free world” for blessing the Jewish state?
Exodus 20:4-6 is God giving the Second Commandment, prohibiting graven images.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
The Jews have endured through four thousand years, most of it as an oppressed and scattered people. Those who have blessed the children of Abraham have found favor in God’s eyes. Genesis 12:3 says:
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.
I am sensitive to Jews and others who believe Donald Trump attracts anti-Semites and gives them cover. However, I dare you to find another president who has been more gracious to Jews, whose own daughter and son-in-law are active, practicing, Orthodox Jews, who has shown friendship, grace, and engagement to Israel, and has kept promises long made but never honored to that nation.
God’s blessings flow when anyone–not just those who are elect to flow in spiritual leadership–blesses His chosen people. God blesses the marriages of heathens who wait until marriage to have sexual relations. God blesses the children who honor their mother and father. God’s blessings are not dependent on anything but His own mercy.
God punished the Israelites as Joshua warned (Joshua 23:14-16), but only to the third and fourth generation. He never allowed the Jews to be totally obliterated. He always showed mercy.
In the same way, God’s correction and sin’s rot has landed on Donald Trump’s life. He’s been married three times, he has suffered more time fighting off court cases, accusations, and scandal than most people would tolerate in their lives. Even as president, Trump has scarcely had a single day not consumed with his own self-made drama and scandal.
But God has preserved Trump, even through impeachment. Look at the great impartial arbiter of American blessing and prosperity: the stock market. Since Trump’s election, the Dow index has soared from about 18,000 to its current 28,400–peaking above an unprecedented 29,000. The cold, calculating markets have determined that Donald Trump is good for American prosperity.
Since Trump took office, there have been 58 American military deaths in Afghanistan, versus 246 in Barack Obama’s second term (90 in Obama’s final three years). In Iraq, there have been 55 killed, versus 36 in Obama’s second term, though after our withdrawal, ISIS established its hold on a large swath of Iraq. Under Trump, ISIS was defeated, whereas in Obama’s first three years 269 of our troops were killed in Iraq. Clearly, America is suffering more peace under Trump. (So the media suddenly focuses on civilian deaths, to make Trump look like a warmonger.)
The fact is, despite tariffs, some hurt farmers (I’m not waving that aside, it’s bad), a ballooning national debt, and political turmoil, Trump himself has presided over a peaceful, prosperous time in America. The Very Online folks would argue with me–fine, I’ll take mean tweets in exchange for great employment numbers, low mortgage rates and lower taxes.
Given the current situation, and who the Democrats may choose to be their nominee, we may have another four years of Trump in the White House. If Trump chooses to bless Israel (by honoring their national choices), bless Jews, side with life-honoring Christians, and pursue the cause religious liberty, there is no reason to believe God will not continue to bless him, despite his personal unrighteousness.
I will offer one more example. In 2 Samuel 6:6-9, David was bringing the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem, when the oxen stumbled, and in a totally rational act, Uzzah reached out and steadied the Ark with his hand. God does not allow the Ark of His presence to be touched by human hands, and killed Uzzah on the spot.
6 When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. 7 The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God.
8 Then David was angry because the Lord’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.
9 David was afraid of the Lord that day and said, “How can the ark of the Lord ever come to me?” 10 He was not willing to take the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 11 The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household.
The Ark was left with Obed-Edom, the Gittite. Gittites are from a city called Gad. Gad is where Goliath was from. It’s said that Gittites were large in stature–Goliath was said to be about 8 or 9 feet tall. Goliath was also an enemy of Israel, and fought with the Philistines. Yet here is God blessing the Gittites, who produced Goliath, who mocked God.
The Ark of God’s presence is a blessing not because of the character or obedience of people who give it a place, but because of God’s mercy and power. Those entrusted to move the Ark had a responsibility to obey God’s commandment against touching it. But Obed-Edom had no such responsibility–he merely gained a blessing by having the Ark there in his home.
David never forgot the Gittites–he drew his personal bodyguard of 600 men from among them (2 Samuel 15:18, 18:2). Think about that: David selected the men to whom he entrusted his personal safety from the hometown of the man who said to him “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” then continued, “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!” (1 Samuel 17:43-44).
American voters, through a razor-thin constitutional mandate, selected Donald Trump as president. In November, we may do so again. Christians should pray for Trump, not merely because he’s our government authority, but also because Trump may have the blessing of God simply because he is like Obed-Edom, resting in the presence of a blessing.
Just as all of Gad benefitted from Obed-Edom’s blessing, our entire nation benefits from Trump’s blessing. And the whole world is blessed through those who bless Abraham’s people, Israel.
If you oppose Trump, I have no quarrel with you. But remember that Trump’s blessing is very likely from God, and it is consistent, just, merciful, and–yes–good–that God blesses that man.