Donald Trump won the election and Hillary lost because God was on Donald Trump’s side. If he is on Trump’s side, He was clearly against Hillary Clinton. Did God offer a divine hand of support to help Trump become President? Will Donald Trump be a heavenly anointed President?
Of course I’m being facetious.
Before I begin, I want to be clear that I’m not offering a personal opinion on the outcome of the election, per se. I also realize that not all of our readers are Christian or perhaps even people of faith — that’s fine, because I think the point is still quite relevant. My intent is not to discredit or validate either candidate or any political party. My point simply relates to people’s increasing habit of using God to justify their words and deeds.
After the contentious election, I’m seeing a lot of people invoking God — I’ve either heard or read that, apparently:
“Trump won because that is God’s will.”
“Trump won because God is on his side!
“God hates gays and he’s on our side!”
“God wants us to secure our borders!”
“God hates Muslims!”
Really? Gee, I had no idea God took such a keen interest in American politics or our immigration policy.
As a Christian, one of my biggest peeves is when people invoke God to justify their actions or personal desires; for anything they want, say or do, God somehow put His stamp of approval on it. I often wonder if they truly understand the concept of ‘free will?’
Throughout the ages, men have invoked God to defend their actions — from political campaigns, to slavery, oppression and even war, men falsely attempt to justify their behavior by claiming God is with them. Of course when they make this claim, by default they’re also saying that God must surely be against their opponents.
I utterly reject this because man was given free will and when we make war against our brother’s and sister’s, it’s by choice. When we oppress other people or discriminate against them, it is because we are choosing to do so. When we say or do hateful things, it’s by our own choice. The reality is that our words and actions are more a result of exercising our free will, than they are of God’s divine involvement in everything we say and do.
To believe that God is with you only when it suits you and to falsely invoke his name to justify heinous words and deeds, is a grievous sin — to invoke God in anything to do with violence, oppression or hate, is to be an anti Christ.
It worries me to see so many people using God to justify their own personal agenda.
If someone takes the name of God in vain, particularly as it relates to anything centered on hate cruelty, oppression, discrimination, violence or war, they need to refrain from calling themselves Christian — if they’re not clear on why it’s wrong, I suggest they quickly educate themselves on The New Covenant and the teachings of Christ.
I think the problem is that some people believe that God belongs to them or only loves them, or that he thinks the way they do and they thus feel it’s okay to claim God as their very own — this way of thinking is flawed and at complete odds with true Christian values.
“Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously each against his brother so as to profane the covenant of our fathers?” – Malachi 2:10
Pope Francis recently commented on this very issue and here for your review is an excerpt of this words:
Vatican City, Sep 7, 2016 / 08:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).– On Wednesday, Pope Francis warned against making Jesus into the person we want him to be, and thus creating obstacles to a true relationship with Christ and his mercy.
“The admonition of Jesus is always present: even today man constructs images of God that prevent him from enjoying his real presence,” the Pope said during the general audience Sept. 7.
“Some carve out a ‘do it yourself’ faith that reduces God in the limited space of their own desires and their own beliefs. But this faith is not conversion to the Lord that is revealed, in fact, it prevents him from arousing our life and our conscience.”
In his catechesis, Pope Francis named several different ways in which people create false images of God, such as those who invoke his name in defense of their own interests, or in the interest of hatred and violence, or those who deny Christ’s divinity, considering him just a good ethical teacher and leader.
“For still others God is just a psychological refuge,” Francis said, “where he is reassurance in difficult times: it is a faith turned in on itself, impervious to the power of merciful love of Jesus which pushes brothers.”
Pointing to the Gospel of Matthew, the Pope said Jesus responded to John the Baptist’s question of whether or not he was the Messiah with, “Go and tell John what you hear and see.”
“The blind, the lame, the lepers, the deaf, regain their dignity and are no longer excluded for their disease, the dead return to life, while the poor have the good news,” Francis said. “And this becomes the summary action of Jesus, who in this way makes visible and tangible the act of God.”
“The message that the Church receives from this account of the life of Christ is very clear. God did not send his Son into the world to punish sinners, nor to destroy the wicked,” he continued. “They are instead addressed the invitation to conversion so that, seeing the signs of divine goodness, they can find their way back.”
Read the full version here.
Being a true Christian means living a life centered on love, compassion, faith, hope and charity. Hate, discrimination, cruelty, paranoia, violence and selfishness are the complete opposite of what Christ taught us and anyone engaging in those acts and feelings is most definitely not being a true Christian.
In my opinion, Donald Trump won solely because men and women voted for him and I don’t for one second believe that it was some divine victory. In fact, it could possibly be the complete opposite.