In his newly released book “God and Donald Trump", leading Pentecostal figure Stephen Strang lays out just how strongly certain Americans believe Donald Trump was ordained by God to be President of the United States.
Convinced by the likes of Paula White, Darrell Scott, Franklin Graham and Robert Jeffress that Trump was chosen by God to lead the U.S. back to greatness, millions of Americans rallied and marched, fasted and prayed, with the goal of winning Trump the presidency they believed he so richly deserved.
They were drawn to Trump, and he to them, because of their embrace of the prosperity gospel. Also sometimes referred to as “health and wealth” theology, this belief holds that God rewards faith with good health and financial success.
Other religious conservatives, Strang argues, supported Trump in 2016 for reasons familiar to any Fox News viewer: a fear of globalism, the deep state, George Soros the former Nazi collaborator, wide-scale election fraud. They liked Trump because he said he liked them, told them they were persecuted, and vowed to stand up for them. He said he would bring back “Merry Christmas.” He told them they were important.
The conservative Christian community so thoroughly demonized anyone left of center-right that Hillary Clinton as president would have spelled the end for America for many people.
“Millions of Americans,” declared Jeffress at a July 2017 event his First Baptist Church of Dallas sponsored in Washington, D.C., “believe the election of President Trump represented God giving us another chance—perhaps our last chance to truly make America great again.”
And those millions of Americans went right to work:
Cindy Jacobs, cofounder of the Reformation Prayer Network, organized 10,000 charismatics to “prayer walk” seven key states for Trump, asking God to move the hearts of voters in those states and to bless their work.
Another network called As One led 40-day prayer walks—40 days being a significant time period in the Bible—and cast their efforts as part of a spiritual battle against the forces of evil seen on the secular left and the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.
In the end, there is much evidence to suggest that Trump was the antidote to the secular left not because he was especially qualified or conspicuously religious, as one might assume Evangelicals would seek in a leader, but rather it was the simple fact that he had won the primary.
God would only want a Republican president, so Donald Trump must have been God's choice.
Regardless, Strang seems to show his hand, and in doing so the hand of the conservative Christian community, in recounting his thoughts on the night of Trump's victory:
“It was as if God had answered our prayers and the impossible had happened,” he writes. “We had a new president, one we believed God had raised up for a time such as this.”
“And perhaps best of all,” he continued, “we each thanked God in our own way that Hillary Clinton was not going to be the next commander in chief.”