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Sunday, 26 June 2016 09:46

Opinion: Does Trump Fit in a Gallery of God's Chosen? Featured

God's choices for leadership aren't always what you'd expect.

I understand why some Christians are appalled at Donald Trump's candidacy. He certainly isn't the 'perfect' candidate (is there ever such a thing?). He's also had a rather public airing of his, errr... foibles, likely, with more to come. Get ready folks, the election media onslaught is going to be bigger than ever this year, I guarantee it.

That being said, maybe some of those Christians should go back to the Bible and look at the people God has chosen to use in extraordinary circumstances. 

We'll slide past the first ones really quickly. Adam (weak, naive, easily manipulated by his wife), Moses (a murderer, hot-headed, and one who couldn't follow directions), Abraham (slept with his maid, got her pregnant, kicked her and the kid out), and Jacob (greedy and conniving, no brotherly love there) - none of these would have the qualities and character the elite would choose in a leader. And they almost certainly wouldn't pass a background check.

Ummm… Would you choose Gideon as your Man of the Hour to deliver your country from oppression by a powerful enemy? Gideon just doesn't come across as the brightest crayon in the box. And he was rather reluctant about the whole being-called-by-God thing. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges%206&version=NASB

Ok, then, how about Samson? Now, there's a stand-up guy for ya. At least when he isn't sleeping with and being manipulated by harlots. Sheesh! https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+16&version=NASB

Perhaps your vote is with David. But wait! He got the hotties for another man's wife, she got pregnant, and when the situation looked dicey with the husband, David had him killed in war. What a champ! Yet, he is described as being “after God's heart.”

David's son, Solomon, was a bit extravagant in his tastes, it's fair to say. What about Josiah? Almost certainly the best of the bunch, but good grief, he was only 8 when he became King. 

Yikes! Perhaps we should give up on the OT, and look at the honorable members of the New Testament. Peter was impetuous, often spoke without thought and was cowardly, too. Paul - the writer of the epistles, well don't forget his original name was Saul. As Saul, he hunted down and murdered Christians. John? He certainly had a “Me-first” attitude. (Mark 10: 35-37)

The point is, that God has chosen to use real, genuine people to carry out His directions. These are people that are imperfect, often nervous and not always the most sophisticated of the bunch. Some are very educated, others probably couldn't sign their name to a document if needed. They often blurted out things they regretted later. But they all had one thing in common - they were the most unexpected of choices in their day.

Compared to this list of characters, Donald Trump fits in quite nicely, don't you think? 

Heck, the Lord has even used jackasses to carry out His purposes. (Numbers 22:22-35)

So, if he wins, maybe Donald Trump will do extraordinary things. 

Maybe Christian Republicans need to have a little faith. 

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