Apr
18

The Donald and the Devil

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One man writes, While waiting for my wife at the checkout at Walmart, I noticed that someone had left behind a broom. When no one came back in looking for it, I nipped outside in search of a female I remembered seeing at the check-out ahead of me.  I spotted the woman in the parking lot carrying her purchases and  and hurried over.  “Excuse me,” I said to the young lady, “but did you by any chance leave a broom inside?”  “No,” she quickly replied and with a winning smile added, “I came today by car.”Twelve times this year, witches worldwide are going to their closets, getting their broomsticks out, and meeting in covens (groups of thirteen) for the purpose of casting a spell.  The monthly date chosen is that of the waning crescent (last day of month moon can be seen) as opposed to the waxing crescent (first day of month moon can be seen).  So far it’s been, January 25, February 24, and March 25, with the next one being April 24.  And who is the object of this witchcraft?  Donald Trump.  Along with all the usual sorcery paraphernalia, thousands of wiccans use a pin to carve the President’s name into a candle, recite an incantation  “I call upon you (Lucifer), to bind Donald J. Trump so that he may utterly fail and (Lucifer) bind those who enable his wickedness and (Lucifer) bind those whose mouths speak his poisonous lies.”  A picture of the U.S. leader is then burned.  And there are increasing numbers of churches holding special prayer gatherings on these same dates.  So in America, now it is not only Republicans versus Democrats, but also Bibles verus broomsticks.

KING CYRUS II?

How does a Christian reconcile the two very different  people that Donald Trump is – on one hand a sinner whose life shows he is not a born-again believer, but on the other hand a sovereign who champions issues dear to born-again believers?  Increasingly, Christian leaders are looking at the biblical account of King Cyrus.  Cyrus became King of Persia in 559 b.c. and twenty years later conquered Babylon in 539 b.c.  He is mentioned by God in a great passage in Isaiah 44:28,

That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.

But there’s more that Isaiah says about Cyrus as the prophecy continues on into the next chapter (45:1-4),

Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus … I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron and I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.  For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.

Notice the beginning and the ending of this passage. First, Cyrus, a non-Israelite king, is called God’s anointed, a term only used elsewhere for Israelite leaders.  And second, Cyrus, although called by the God of Israel, doesn’t actually know the God of Israel.  Instead, like the vast majority of people in the ancient world, he worshiped different deities in the form of idols.  Could Donald Trump be the modern-day Cyrus? Could it be that Trump, like Cyrus, clearly does not know the Lord in a real and personal way, but could still be used by God to accomplish his purposes?  We know that former U.S. President Barack Obama, the idol of the liberal left, all but abandoned Israel, and his Democratic Party’s anointed successor, Hillary Clinton, never once mentioned the Jewish State in her political campaign (as opposed to Donald Trump who repeatedly voiced his commitment to Israel’s security).  So could Trump be in power to do God’s bidding as Cyrus was in II Chronicles 36:23, even allowing the third temple?

Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the Lord God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The Lord his God be with him, and let him go up.

Trump even mentioned Cyrus in his New Year’s greetings to Iran – “Cyrus the Great, a leader of the ancient Persian Empire, famously said that ‘freedom, dignity, and wealth together constitute the greatest happiness of humanity. If you bequeath all three to your people, their love for you will never die.’” If Trump is God’s Cyrus, may the above be true for Israel and us.