For Christian Zionists, the answer is ‘Yes’. These 70 million evangelical Christians honestly believe that God has chosen Trump as his representative on earth — as a divine gift to Israel.
By Peter Wehner
Information Clearing House
July 07, 2019
Abridged by Lasha Darkmoon,
with pictures, captions and commentary added
Last week, Ralph Reed, the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s founder and chairman, told the group, “There has never been anyone who has defended us and who has fought for us, who we have loved more than Donald J. Trump. No one!” Reed is right; for many evangelical Christians, there is no political figure whom they have loved more than Donald Trump.
I recently exchanged emails with a pro-Trump figure who attended the president’s reelection rally in Orlando, Florida, on June 18. He spoke to me on the condition of anonymity, so as to avoid personal or professional repercussions. He had interviewed scores of people, many of them evangelical Christians.
“I have never witnessed the kind of excitement and enthusiasm for a political figure in my life,” he told me. “I honestly couldn’t believe the unwavering support they have. And to a person, it was all about ‘the fight.’ There is a very strong sense that he has been wronged. Wronged by Mueller, wronged by the media, wronged by the anti-Trump forces. A passionate belief that he never gets credit for anything.”
‘I have been wronged . . . but the Christian Zionists love me! . . .
they think God has chosen me . . . that his hand is upon me!’
The rallygoers, he said, told him that Trump’s era “is spiritually driven.” When I asked whether he meant by this that Trump’s supporters believe God’s hand is on Trump—that Donald Trump is God’s man, in effect—he told me:
“Yes, a number of people said they believe there is no other way to explain his victories. Starting with the election and continuing with the conclusion of the Mueller report. Many said God has chosen him and is protecting him.”
The data seem to bear this out. Approval for President Trump among white evangelical Protestants is 25 points higher than the national average.
According to a Pew Research Center survey, “White evangelical Protestants who regularly attend church (that is, once a week or more) approve of Trump at rates matching or exceeding those of white evangelicals who attend church less often.” Indeed, during the period from July 2018 to January 2019, 70 percent of white evangelicals who attend church at least once a week approved of Trump, versus 65 percent of those who attend religious services less often.
The enthusiastic, uncritical embrace of President Trump by white evangelicals is among the most mind-blowing developments of the Trump era. How can a group that for decades—and especially during the Bill Clinton presidency—insisted that character counts and that personal integrity is an essential component of presidential leadership not only turn a blind eye to the ethical and moral transgressions of Donald Trump, but also constantly defend him? Why are those who have been on the vanguard of “family values” so eager to give a man with a sordid personal and sexual history a mulligan?
LD: The reason Trump is held in such uncritical adoration by evangelical Christians is so blindingly obvious that it amazes me that the writer of this article fails to mention it. He fails to mention it because he is too prudent and politically correct to bring in the J-word or say anything bad about Israel.
The reason Trump is adored by at least 70 million evangelical Christians is that these Christians are all ZIONISTS. They have all studied the Scofield Bible, edited and extensively annotated by Jews and their loyal Zionist camp followers. These Christians Zionists, thoroughly infected by the ultra-Zionism of the Scofield Bible, are in fact Jews in all but name. “Jewlings”, I like to call them. You may prefer the term shabbos goyim or “spiritual Jews”.
The Christian Zionists believe devoutly that any country that loves Israel is also loved by God and will prosper; and that any country that stands in Israel’s way, and doesn’t give Israel what it wants, will know the wrath of God and be utterly destroyed.
So why do the Christian Zionists adore Trump and support him so fanatically? Because they know that Trump loves Israel, too, and is a dyed-in-the-wool Zionist—a Zionist through and through, in every bone of his body. Trump is the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Wailing Wall (pictured). He has moved the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He has handed over Syria’s Golan Heights to Israel, as if it belonged to him. And he now threatens Iran at the behest of Benjamin Netanyahu and the ‘Israel First’ Jews in America who are beating the war drums so that American soldiers can fight and die for Israel. [LD]
ZIONIST PUPPET DONALD TRUMP:
THE NEW MESSIAH OF THE CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS
Many white evangelical Christians are deeply fearful of what a Trump loss would mean for America, American culture, and American Christianity. If a Democrat is elected president, they believe, it might all come crashing down around us.
During the 2016 election, for example, the influential evangelical author and radio talk-show host Eric Metaxas said, “In all of our years, we faced all kinds of struggles. The only time we faced an existential struggle like this was in the Civil War and in the Revolution when the nation began … We are on the verge of losing it as we could have lost it in the Civil War.”
Many evangelical Christians are also filled with grievances and resentments because they feel they have been mocked, scorned, and dishonored by the elite culture over the years. (Some of those feelings are understandable and warranted.) For them, Trump is a man who will not only push their agenda on issues such as the courts and abortion; he will be ruthless against those they view as threats to all they know and love. For a growing number of evangelicals, Trump’s dehumanizing tactics and cruelty aren’t a bug; they are a feature. Trump “owns the libs,” and they love it. He’ll bring a Glock to a cultural knife fight, and they relish that.
Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, one of the largest Christian universities in the world, put it this way: “Conservatives & Christians need to stop electing ‘nice guys.’ They might make great Christian leaders but the United States needs street fighters like @realDonaldTrump at every level of government b/c the liberal fascists Dems are playing for keeps & many Repub leaders are a bunch of wimps!”
There’s a very high cost to our politics for celebrating the Trump style, but what is most personally painful to me as a person of the Christian faith is the cost to the Christian witness. Nonchalantly jettisoning the ethic of Jesus in favor of a political leader who embraces the ethic of Thrasymachus and Nietzsche—might makes right, the strong should rule over the weak, justice has no intrinsic worth, moral values are socially constructed and subjective—is troubling enough.
But there is also the undeniable hypocrisy of people who once made moral character, and especially sexual fidelity, central to their political calculus and who are now embracing a man of boundless corruptions. Don’t forget: Trump was essentially named an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme to make hush-money payments to a porn star who alleged she’d had an affair with him while he was married to his third wife, who had just given birth to their son.
While on the Pacific Coast last week, I had lunch with Karel Coppock, whom I have known for many years and who has played an important role in my Christian pilgrimage. In speaking about the widespread, reflexive evangelical support for the president, Coppock lamented the effect this moral freak show is having on the younger generation.
With unusual passion, he told me, “We’re losing an entire generation. They’re just gone. It’s one of the worst things to happen to the Church.”
At this point, I can’t help but wonder whether that really matters to many of Donald Trump’s besotted evangelical supporters.
LD: Stormy Daniels (right), the porn star pleasured by Trump and paid $130,000 to keep her mouth shut. That Trump should cheat on his wife Melania in this way will probably mean nothing to the average hotblooded American male who wouldn’t mind working out with Stormy on a nice spring mattress himself, given half the chance. That is not the point. The point is that 70 million evangelical Christians—who go to church and read their Bible regularly—should think nothing of supporting Trump to the hilt, the priapic messiah with the loose zip.
According to the penitent porn star—”It was the worst 90 seconds of my life!” she lamented later—Trump is no better than a criminal who has managed to escape justice. “It’s basically giving a green light to do whatever the f*** you want if you get elected,” she said.
I don’t want to sound too prudish and judgemental, but as a respected colleague of mine pointed out recently at a small gathering at my house: “It’s one thing for a president to hop into bed with a porn star and pay her hush money, but to make him the new Christian messiah has to be extremely bad taste!” [LD]