‘What do you think of Donald Trump?’ was the question Benjamin, my 10-year-old grandson, asked me while I was driving him home from Homeschool Co-op he and his siblings attend. It seems that Benjamin and his classmates were discussing Trump at school. Before answering this question, let me give you some answers others have given in regard to Donald Trump.
TRUMP IS A ‘RACCOON REMOVER’
Suppose you have been on vacation for two weeks. You come home to find your basement is infested with raccoons: hundreds of rabid, messy, mean tempered raccoons. Of course, you want them gone immediately, so you hire a pro. You don’t care if the guy smells. You don’t care how many times he has been married. You don’t care if the guy is dirty all over. You only care that he is a pro at raccoon removal. You want your problem fixed and he is the guy. He is the best. Period!
There are a number of people who see Donald Trump as a ‘raccoon remover,’ called of God to clean up a corrupt Washington, that is full of the establishment elite, and to shake up a Congress and government that is going nowhere.
TRUMP IS SEXIST
J. Lee Grady, one-time editor of Charisma Magazine writes, ‘I am scratching my head over the popularity of Donald Trump. I understand that voters are angry; they feel that establishment politicians from both parties are playing games and not moving the country forward. But why, why, why would we elect a man to occupy the White House who not only makes racist comments about foreigners but who insults women on a regular basis? I’ve heard some crazy reasons Christians have given for why I should vote for Trump. . . . There is one deeply personal reason I can’t vote for Trump. I am the father of four daughters and I cannot support a candidate who is so blatantly rude and crude toward women. His record of sexism is sickening.Last August during the first GOP debate, Megyn Kelly of Fox News bravely challenged Trump about his sexist language. She asked: “You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?”‘
A number of people see Donald Trump as sexist and not worthy of their vote.
TRUMP IS A FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY
Kim Clement has prophesied, ‘God says a President that I will bring into the White House they will say he is ungodly, he does not know God. Even as Jesus disguised himself for the great feasts, so I’ve disguised this man’s heart. When he comes to the White House not only shall he be Mine but he shall pray as a man that has never prayed in the White House. That same man shall put his feet onto this platform. They will say how did this take place? Laws shall change. . . Do not fear there will be no unnecessary stuff. There will be things that men shall question. Fear not for he shall sit in that seat and suddenly My Spirit shall come upon him and baptize him with a fire and with anointing says the Spirit of the Lord. No more war. The time for war has gone. The time for Peace has come. The House that you call White shall receive a man, a knight, who fought for you in your nights.’
Some people see Donald Trump as a fulfillment of prophecy.
(Comment – The problem here is this prophecy, if it is true, was given on June 17,2007, before the 2008 Election. So, is it delayed for the 2016 Election or did it apply to Obama?)
TRUMP IS NOT JOSIAH, RATHER HE IS A CATASTROPHE FOR AMERICA
Joel C. Rosenberg, author, and speaker wrote this in January 2016, ‘I’m praying God raises up a President like Josiah, the one-time King of Judah whom the Bible describes as one of the most humble, strong, wise and impressive leaders of all-time. Obviously, we don’t want a theocracy. So I don’t literally mean America needs a king. And I’m not saying America needs a Pastor-in-Chief or a Theologian-In-Chief. We’re not looking for someone perfect. . . .Will the Lord have mercy on our nation and raise up a Josiah? I honestly don’t know. . . .That said, I have to be honest with my readers that there is one candidate on the Republican side who is definitely not a Josiah. Donald J. Trump is currently the national front-runner in the GOP. . . . but he would be a catastrophe for America should he be elected President.’
Other people see Donald Trump not as a Josiah, but as a catastrophe for America.
TRUMP IS A CYRUS
Lance Wallnau, an internationally recognized speaker and business consultant states, ‘I ran across a picture of Trump that said “Donald Trump 45th President of the United States.” Immediately the thought hit me “read Isaiah 45!” I was shocked by what I discovered. It’s about a king named Cyrus and he would not appear on the scene for another 100 years. Cyrus was a secular ruler. He was not a believer. He was “anointed” to do certain things “for Jacob my servant’s sake”. Check this out: “Thus sayeth the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden…I will go before thee and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass…” (Isaiah 45:1-2). Cyrus was called to be a wrecking ball – for the sake of God’s purposes. Would God choose an outsider? A non-Jew – a heathen to lead His people? Consider this: “I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me” (Isaiah 45:4). In fact, the Lord says this twice!’
There are a number of people who see Donald Trump as a modern day Cyrus, a wrecking ball, called by God to accomplish His purpose.
TRUMP IS A CALCULATED RISK
C.Peter Wagner, well know Apostolic leader writes, ‘Although I’ve never done this before, I am ready to come clean on this year’s politics. In my entire life, I’ve never witnessed such an interesting presidential campaign. I favor Donald Trump for our next president. Yes, I’m an evangelical Christian and I was encouraged to see that in the South Carolina primary, Trump took the evangelical vote. So I’m not the only one.
We are dealing with the office of the president of the USA. OK, what about the USA? I have logged 85 years as a citizen of the USA, and I have never been so discouraged about our nation. We are in dire straights. I believe that much of America’s malady has been caused over the years by the establishment politics of both parties in Washington, D.C. How do we get out of this quagmire? We elect another establishment politician who will deliver business as usual? Or by trying someone whose life has been business before politics, who finances his own campaign, and who is beholden to no one in Washington? That would be Donald Trump.
Some say that Trump is not an evangelical Christian, so how could an evangelical like me vote for him? I wish he didn’t have a history of multiple marriages. I wish he knew the Bible better. I wish he would go to church more regularly. I wish he would tone down his profanity. But none of those qualities would make or break a president who could make or break our country. Many evangelicals voted for Sunday school teacher Jimmy Carter because of his spirituality only to end up with a disaster. God is not limited to using Christians to accomplish His purposes. We need only to recall Cyrus, the idolatrous king of Persia, whom God used to help get His people back to Jerusalem.
In conclusion, I believe that Trump has the qualities necessary to “make America great once again,” as he would say. Voting for him is a calculated risk, but at this junction of history, it is a risk well-taken. Nothing will change if we vote for the status quo. Let’s step out. Let’s put someone different in the White House.’
Some people see Donald Trump as a calculated risk worth taking.
TRUMP IS MORE LIKE JESUS’ DISCIPLES THAN THOSE WE TEND TO ESTEEM
Rick Joyner, wrote, ‘Most seem to think that Trump is either a messenger from the Messiah or from the antichrist, and few are in-between. Some Christians are shocked that other Christians would vote for Trump, yet polls indicate that more than half of evangelical Christians are voting for him. . . . Although I can appreciate why any Christian would have trouble supporting Trump, it is encouraging that so many sincere and mature Christians would support him in spite of the negatives. How many of us would have chosen the ones Jesus picked to be His leaders? Why didn’t He go to the religious conservatives to find the future leaders of His church? Like it or not, the ones He chose were more like Trump than those we tend to esteem. Even the Apostle John, who is now known as the great messenger of love, was so reactionary that he wanted to call down fire from heaven to consume those who disagreed with them. On the night before Jesus was crucified, the disciples argued over who was the greatest. Sounds like Trump to me.’
Others see Donald Trump as being more like some of Jesus’ disciples than those we tend to esteem.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF DONALD TRUMP?
Out of all of these opinions on Trump, let me ask you, ‘What to you think?’ Send me your responses.
WHAT DO I THINK OF DONALD TRUMP?
What do I think? Well, you will have to wait till the next Langstaff Letter to find out!
Huffington Post Article – ‘Donald Trump will get ‘The Raccoon Out of the Basement.’
J.Lee Grady Article ‘The President of the United States Shouldn’t be Sexist.’
Kim Clement Prophecy – June 17, 2007
Joel C. Rosenberg Blog – 32 Reasons A Trump Presidency Would be a Catastrophe for America
Lance Wallnau – Gift 3: What is a “chaos” candidate? And why America needs one… (Scroll down in article)
Rick Joyner Article – Is Trump the One?