God’s gift to America?
On Sunday, outgoing Secretary of Energy Rick Perry told Fox News viewers about a recent conversation he’d had with Donald Trump in which he told the president he was “the chosen one” placed by God in the White House. Perry made sure to add that he had given Trump a “one pager” on the imperfect Old Testament kings who God had appointed to carry out his plans. “Don’t get confused here, sir,” Perry claims he said to the president. “This is not a reflection that you’re perfect, but that God’s using you.”
As liberals predictably freaked out over Perry’s words, other Trump backers quickly confirmed that, yes, Trump has been selected by God for the presidency, and Fox put replays of the discussion in heavy rotation. In an interview for the Christian Broadcasting Network, Nikki Haley also weighed in. “I think God sometimes places people for lessons and sometimes places people for change,” she told CBN’s David Brody.
On the one hand, the comments from Perry and others aren’t that surprising. Invoking God’s ordination has become boilerplate language for how many white evangelicals talk about the presidency. As the religious right activist Gary Bauer explained back during George W. Bush’s administration, “Evangelicals believe that no leader rises without God allowing that leader to rise.” In his Fox News interview, Perry contended that God’s divine appointments to the White House are bipartisan. “You know, Barack Obama doesn’t get to be the president of the United States without being ordained by God,” he said.
On the other hand, what’s happening now is far more than a generic theological statement about God’s sovereignty over American politics. As with everything related to Trump, the religious rationalization of his presidency is hyperbolic and overblown. And it’s operating …read more
Source:: The Week – Politics