Right-wing prepper pastor Jim Bakker interviewed televangelist Paula White, who is one of President Trump’s key spiritual advisers, on his television program today, where she declared that opposition to the president is opposition to God and explicitly praised Trump for not sounding or acting presidential. “Thank goodness,” she said. “In other words, he’s not a polished politician. In other words, he’s authentically—whether people like him or not, he’s been raised up by God because God says that He raises up and places all people in places of authority. It is God that raises up a king, it is God that sets one down and so when you fight against the plan of God, you’re fighting against the hand of God.” Later in the broadcast, when White declared that Christians “were sent here to take over,” Bakker excitedly agreed, asserting “that’s why we have the president we have!” “He doesn’t fit, he’s not a normal president,” Bakker hollered as he rejoiced that White “can now walk into the White House any time she wants to! She has full access … to the president.”
I’ll say one thing for the American Taliban- they’re not subtle. They’re convinced they own the world…and they’re not at all embarrassed to scream that to the four winds. God’s on their side- how could He not be when they’re so righteous and Christ-like?
I’m less concerned with the person Bakker and White are so giddily supporting (though that is a matter of some considerable concern) than I am with the mindset that Donald Trump was the Almighty’s choice to rule America. The assumption that God is a Conservative Republican is as arrogant as it is misguided. The conviction that He smiles upon those card-carrying members of the American Taliban who believe they deserve to rule the world isn’t based in Scripture. It’s based in a lust for power, control, and money.
Christians “were sent here to take over?” I’m not certain where Bakker and White get the idea that the world is rightfully theirs and that other faith traditions must take a back seat. It’s not as if that sort of thing can be found in Scripture. Truth be told, they lead Christ-like lives in the same way I’m a Noble literature laureate.
America isn’t a Christian nation. Believing that America should be ruled by Biblical law is less about Christianity than it is tyranny and oppression directed against those who happen to believe in the separation of Church and State.
This is how democracy dies, ya’ll.