Could God Be Behind the Rise of Donald Trump?|
Could God Be Behind the Rise of Donald Trump?
By Kameel Majdali
When I broached the question: Could God behind the rise of Donald
Trump,? I got an impassioned response from one of my readers - this
could not be possible! The reader proceeded to list Mr. Trump’s
outrageous words, actions, and that it was unthinkable that he could
be God’s choice.
Our friend has a point. Mr. Trump, age 70, is a flamboyant
businessman who has made money on casinos, married three times, and
even bragged about his extra-marital affairs. How could God be behind
the rise of a man with such a lifestyle?
These are fair questions. Yet, there is no question that Donald
Trump’s rise thus far has stunned the world. In his quest for the US
Republican Party nomination and the White House, Mr. Trump has knocked
17 other Republican contenders out of the race. More Republican voters
have voted for Trump than any other candidate in any presidential
primaries in history, including for the revered Ronald Reagan. He has
received some impressive endorsements, including from 91 year old
Phyllis Schlafly, a respected pro-life, pro-family, and pro-God
What’s even more interesting - or puzzling - is a prophecy given
by American firefighter Mark Taylor in April 2011, while watching
Donald Trump give a speech. In essence, Taylor claims the Holy Spirit
told him, ‘Donald Trump would become President. He would bring honour
and respect back to America, the dollar will strengthen. Those who try
to stop him will fail. He is God’s choice.’ (for more details log onto
This is reminiscent of a prophecy given in 1970 given directly to
then-California-Governor Ronald Reagan … that if he fulfilled certain
conditions, he would live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC
(the address of the White House). Ten years later, Mr. Reagan was
Leaving Trump aside for a moment, Bible-believing Christians have
to acknowledge God is Sovereign and, as the Sovereign of the universe,
He can do anything He wants. In Isaiah 55:9 God says: For as the
heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your
ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Psalm 75:6-7 is clear: God
promotes and demotes whoever He wants. Yet, concurrently, He will
never violate His holy character in the process of exercising His
sovereignty - He is righteous in all His ways and holy in all his
works (Psalm 145:17).
We concede that God chooses the the most unlikely vessels to
perform His will. This should not catch us off guard. We are told that
God chooses the foolish, weak, base, and little things of the world to
confound and destroy the wise, strong, exalted and great (I
Corinthians 1:27-29). Here are a few examples:
1. Romans 9:17 says that God raised up Pharaoh that He could show
His power through him;
2. Three times God called Nebuchadnezzar, a despotic heathen
tyrant, His ‘servant’ (Jeremiah 25:9; 27:6; 43:10);
3. Cyrus the Great, king of Medo-Persia, who had no track record
of Biblical righteousness, was called by God His ‘shepherd (Isaiah
44:28) and ‘anointed’ (Isaiah 45:1);
4. Habakkuk wrestled with God because the LORD chose the bitter,
hasty, violent, heathen Chaldeans to chasten a less wicked,
backslidden Judah (Habakkuk 1:1-6);
5. The first person on earth whom Jesus of Nazareth gave the
revelation that He was the Messiah was not to the priests, the Jewish
elites, or even a normal Israelite. His confession was given to a
Samaritan (oh no!) woman who was living in a de facto relationship
(John 4:26 & verse 18);
6. A hard-headed, mean-spirited bully who did his best to destroy
the young Christian church was called God’s ‘chosen vessel’ to
proclaim the Name of Jesus to Gentiles, kings, and the children of
Israel. His name? Saul of Tarsus, later called the Apostle Paul (Acts
7. Let’s not forget that God even used Balaam’s donkey to speak
to the prophet (Numbers 22:28; II Peter 2:16).
If God waited for any of us to be perfectly upright before using
us for kingdom purposes, none of us would be in the ministry today.
Full stop. Let’s have the humility to admit we are all in God’s
workshop as a work in progress.
Romans 13 gives some amazing insight about our attitude to those
who are in power. We are, within reason, to be subject to the
governing authorities, since existing authorities are appointed by
God. To resist authority is to resist God’s ordinance and this will
bring judgment (vs. 1-2). This is remarkable considering Paul wrote
these words when Nero was the mad Caesar in Rome, cantankerous,
unreasonable, despotic, perhaps a bit demonic. Yet the knowledge that
all authority comes from God and that ultimately God will have His way
helped to influence Paul’s thinking.
We are to obey authorities except when it contravenes our faith,
knowing we may have to pay a price for standing firm in our integrity.
Even Jesus Himself said we are to give to Caesar what belongs to
Caesar (implying taxes, respect, compliance) and to also give to God
the things that belong to God (Matthew 22:21; Mark 12:17; Luke 20:25).
We are told in I Timothy 2:2 to pray for kings and all in authority
that we may live quiet and peaceable lives. Wise advice!
Back to our original question: Could God be behind the rise of
Donald Trump? Will the prophecy of Mark Taylor come to pass? Will
there be a populist revolt at the ballot box? Will Donald Trump be to
America what Brexit and the EU Referendum was to Britain?
We will find out on November 8th!