Enjoy this excerpt from Doug’s new book, Would Jesus Vote For Trump?
So … would Jesus dare to choose and use an unsanctified billionaire, with an epic gold comb-over and a sordid past to right the ship of our great state? Well, little children, we’ll have to go to the Book of Books to answer that riddle, won’t we?
The short answer is, my dear pearl-clutching NeverTrumpkin inquirer, God has always used the man or the woman whom the self-righteous wouldn’t choose, nor even consider.
But God would.
Paul, the apostle, put it this way …
For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. (1 Co. 1:26-29, NASB)
It’s clear from 1st Corinthians that Christ calls the bad boy. The one that, according to the powers that be, be not “good enough” according to “them.”
It’s also crystal clear that God enjoys shaming the “wise” and the “strong.” Did you catch that? A loving God loves shaming “experts.” As in humiliating them. Indeed, prior to Trump’s election, both “the wise and the strong,” on The Left and The Right, were mocking Trump and boldly stating that there’s no way in Hades he would get elected. Many smarmy and religious conservative “big shots” said he was too stupid, too base, too weak, too unsavvy, too unsavory and poorly politically connected, etc … and blah, blah to be “worthy” of The White House. They made bold predictions of how he should and would lose. They ridiculed the ground Trump walked on. They labored to derail him. They prophesied his demise and in the final analysis, they were more off-base than Pete Rose on a wild pitch. From a punditry standpoint, I’d quit if I were that daft.
Since God loves to shame and quash the experts, He always goes a-lookin’ for the man or the woman who the dipsticks think is the least likely to succeed. He said there be not many who are wise, mighty, and noble who do his bidding. But the base? Well, he uses them in abundance.
I know that some of you are thinking this refers only to a person’s salvation and not their spiritual calling, purpose, vocation or office and that somehow Christ calls the imperfect to salvation but He only promotes the perfect to places of power. To that sentiment, me and Jesus say, “Uh, no.”
Matter of fact, I don’t think most of Christendom’s biblical protagonists would pass the fussy evangelical muster if we held them to stringent scriptural standards that some Never- Trumpkins applied to Trump in the 2016 election.
For instance: would any of the NeverTrumpkins vote for…
King David. King David was a hot mess. He had seven wives, shagged Bathsheba and then had her husband Uriah murdered. Isn’t that special? In addition, he danced nude before the Ark of The Covenant. Every Church Lady pundit on the planet would be caterwauling about all of that crud. Good Lawd! We’d never hear the end of it. Oh, I almost forgot. David and his boys cut the foreskins off two-hundred Philistines. I wonder what the now-defunct Weekly Standard would think about that? Not very presidential, eh?
In addition, before David became the giant-slayer we all now know him to be, nobody and I mean nobody, including the prophet Samuel, thought God would use him and yet he was God’s pick to crush Israel’s foes and restore the glory of God back to Zion. Let that sink in a bit.
Moses. Moses wasn’t some squeaky clean, Mitt Romney-like bearded bro from antiquity. Moses was a murderer on the lam, who married a black chick, stuttered like Simple Jack, had a very non-presidential job and massive anger issues. Can you say “deal breaker” for most NeverTrumpkins?
Also, Moses was eighty years old when he got God’s nod. Do you know any eighty-year-olds? Are they still dreaming? Are they up for becoming Liberator and Lawgiver and the most noted historical figure next to Jesus? Uh, no. Most eighty-year-olds are trying to remember if they took the right amount of pills this morning, how to get the nude pic of Kim Kardashian off their iPhone’s screensaver, where they put their Powerball tickets, and how and when The Grim Reaper’s finally gonna rock up with his sickle and transport their soul to the Otherworld. They’re not looking for “The Call.” They’re grabbing onto stair-rails and holding on for dear life and both themselves and others do not believe that God would ever elect them to be The Player to open up the major can of whoop ass on an insidious and implacable enemy.
No one would’ve picked Moses. But God did. I wonder if The Trump Haters would’ve chosen Moe, given his past track record, to lead Israel into freedom and vanquish their foes?
Samson. Question: What if Samson were on the GOP’s ticket for the NeverTrumpkins to vote for? Would Samson be “good enough?” Would Sam pass “The Statesman/Character/ True Conservative Test” the NeverTrumpkins foisted and are still foisting upon Trump? Let’s dissect Samson’s CV, shall we? Let’s see … he dated a hooker, killed Cecil The Lion, couldn’t keep trade secrets and sported dreadlocks. Can you imagine the melee that would ensue should some candidate have this Nazirite’s track record? OMG. Scandal aplenty for the punctilious among us. But … he was God’s choice and God’s Judge to lead ancient Israel for a time. Most religious idiots would focus on Samson’s foibles. God focused on his faith and his finale.
Noah. Here’s a question for all the self-righteous, pearl-clutching, dipsticks tongue-wagging Trump’s past peccadilloes and previous penchants. What if Trump got wasted and fell down with his balls out for all his family to see? How ‘unchristian’, eh? Who would trust such an undisciplined lush? Getting so inebriated that you pass out pantless? For those who never heard this story via their lame church, please check out Gen.9:20-27
Oh, by the way, God wrote up Noah, in the end, as a “preacher of righteousness” (2 Pet. 2:5). The Holy Spirit said nada about him getting wasted and passing out with his junk out. I wonder how you would’ve written up Noah?
Abraham. Do you need another example of the eccentric and sin beset critters God used because they’re thick in I know … let’s take another leader lauded by the big three religions namely … Abraham. Everyone knows and loves old Abe. However, if Abraham were held to the NeverTrumpkins’ standards of “statesmen-like worthiness” this cat would crash and burn like Hillary trying to juggle bobcats while working a seven-foot-tall unicycle after downing six Mexican martinis. Succinctly, Abraham was a liar and a coward, who had sex with his maid, who scoffed at God, who had no problem stabbing his son after hearing voices, who was old as dirt and had a nephew who had an affinity for cities that celebrated sodomy. In other words, he was just like a Kennedy.
Look folks, Trump could heal the blind, walk on water and turn clay pigeons into mourning doves, and those beset with Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) would blame him for putting braille publishers, bridge-builders, and skeet ranges all out of business. There’s no pleasing them that be bedeviled with TDS.
As stated, there are some who claim “piety keeps them from supporting a character like Trump with such a naughty past.” What I would like to ask them is if they would’ve chosen King David, Moses, Samson, Noah or Abraham as a leader of their nation after their deep dives into the superfluity of naughtiness?
It’s all about grace folks, in salvation and in our spiritual vocation. If you want God to be merciful to you, then you should be merciful to others and that includes Trump. If you don’t understand that, then that’s your problem. I have neither the time, desire, nor the crayons to further explain it to you.
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