Donald Trump. What a puzzle that someone so vulgar and self-absorbed, so irreverent and offensive to women and minorities, someone who seems so “un-Christian” should seem to be supported by so many Christians across the pond.
Why should this be? Can’t they see what kind of man he is? Surely the fact that he is the focus of so many inquiries from the FBI to various congressional committees would give them a hint!?
Is it simply because he is against abortion, and same-sex marriage?
Or is it because he has surrounded himself with Christians such as Vice President Mike Pence, Jerry Falwell Jr, Mike Huckabee?
The other week while I was in Cyprus, I actually heard of a prophetic word being referred to from an American pastor that has made some sort of sense of the support that Trump inspires from Christians, despite his many character flaws.
You see there are many who believe that Mr Trump may be compared in some way to King Cyrus.
“Cyrus the Great”, the pagan Persian king, conquered Babylon in 539 BC, freed the Jews, and returned them to Jerusalem where they would rebuild the temple. He might not have been one of God’s people, but he nevertheless definitely served God’s plans.
It would seem that this prophetic link between Trump and Cyrus, stemmed from a man called Lance Wallnau. “I heard the Lord say, ‘Donald Trump is a wrecking ball to the spirit of political correctness,'” Wallnau says.
“After I met him I heard the Lord say, ‘Isaiah 45 will be the 45th president,'” he explains. “Isaiah 45 refers to King Cyrus: “Thus says the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus….I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild my city and set my exiles free”.
Wallnau wrote a book ‘God’s Chaos Candidate’ which reached number 19 on the Amazon bestseller list shortly before the election.
To Wallnau, the message was clear. Trump was a warrior against the global “demonic agenda”, “raising the warning cry about the unravelling of America.” Trump’s obvious faults and flaws only served to confirm the prophecy: Cyrus, like Trump, was powerful, rich, and pagan, not at all godly.
So the hope amongst many Christians and Jews, is that Trump will help Israel to “settle properly in its land”. Indeed Trump’s support for Israel, his daughter’s conversion to Judaism, and the president’s commitment to moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, all seem to add weight to the prophecy.
And in the months since Wallnau first reported his communication from God, there have been hints that Trump himself has become more religious; the respect he shows Evangelical leaders, and his assertion that he prays reinforce this conviction. Some even assert that Trump is ‘born again’.
Others however have become more sceptical, deeply pained by Trump’s lies, abusiveness, and impulsiveness, as well as his mean-spirited treatment of refugees from political and religious oppression.
Well, time will tell.
Cyrus in his lifetime was a brilliant leader. He maintained control over a vast region of conquered kingdoms, improved the lives of the citizens of Babylonia, created an effective organized army, formed an innovative postal system, as well as repatriating the Jews from their Babylonian captivity.
Whether we are in the deeply sceptic camp, or the hopeful camp, one thing is certain; we have an obligation to pray for the man: 1 Timothy 2:1-3 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.
James Muir May 2017