• Not Satire: Gotta Say ‘No’ to ‘The Book of Trump’

    Daily Surge Summary: The suggestion that Donald Trump be assigned his own book in the Bible is a bad one.

    It is devoutly to be wished that every and any person, no matter his or her political stripe, will recognize admiration for another human being has its limits; that it can go too far if we’re not careful. Everyone has “clay feet”, a “clayey” aspect to themselves as I read someone put it recently. In short, everyone is flawed, a work in progress – which ought to give each of us pause whenever we end up putting another individual up on a pedestal.

    That in mind, I give you this from The Resurgent’s David Thornton:

    [L]ast week … Miriam Adelson, wife of billionaire Republican political donor, Sheldon Adelson, called for the addition of the “Book of Trump” to the Bible.

    In an op-ed for the Las Vegas Review Journal, Mrs. Adelson celebrated President Trump’s pro-Israel policies. In her piece, which stops short of extolling his godly virtues, she compares Trump to Esther, the Biblical queen who saved the Jews from a genocide at the hands of Haman, an evil advisor to the king of Persia.

    She, apparently, then floated this doozy …

    “Would it be too much to pray for a day when the Bible gets a ‘Book of Trump,’ much like it has a ‘Book of Esther’ celebrating the deliverance of the Jews from ancient Persia? Until that is decided, let us, at least, sit back and marvel at this time of miracles for Israel, for the United States, and for the whole world.”

    Indubitably, some terrific things are unfolding on the modern landscape, we all need to affirm the wonderful works of the Creator being performed in America and around the globe. Indeed, the Trump Administration has turned in its share of commendable policy accomplishments, and it certainly deserves acclaim and encouragement for those.

    The suggestion, however, of adding another book to the canon of Sacred Writ in honor of the New York City real-estate mogul? Ummmm … no.

    Thornton protests, as well.

     [Y]es. It would be much too much to amend the Bible so that it sings the praises of Donald Trump. The very fact that the question is asked seems to indicate that something is deeply amiss within the Republican Party. There are many reasons why there will never be a Book of Trump, not least of which is that the Old Testament canon was established hundreds of years before the time of Christ. More than that, making Donald Trump the object of holy devotion seems antithetical to the teachings of the Bible.

    No doubt, Ms. Adelson’s recommendation carries with it a whiff of idolatry, twenty-first-century style. On top of that, it’s decidedly creepy. I’d like to think even the famously crowd-loving and self-confident Mr. Trump would strenuously agree — along with anyone who supports the President but also claims to be a worshipper of Jesus.

    Adelson, as many are aware, is Jewish, but Thornton notes this “consecration” of the President can also be found in evangelical claques as well. A while back Baptist mega-church pastor Robert Jeffress led his people in a “Make America Great Again” hymn and chided Christians who were not sufficiently aboard the “Trump train”.

    Must I remind my fellow conservative readers the widespread reaction among our ranks when Barack Obama supporters were celebrating his victory by composing songs and performing theatrical presentations to enshrine him and his presidency? We mocked, rolled our eyes, shook our heads – and appropriately so.

    Still, I suppose we can be thankful the President is not being likened to Jesus, right?

    Oh, wait …

    In some cases, Trump supporters go beyond equating Trump with Esther or King David and make him equal to Jesus himself. Just ahead of the 2018 election, a billboard in St. Louis pictured Trump with the caption, “The Word became flesh – John 1:14,” a messianic reference to Jesus Christ. The first chapter of John begins with the statement, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” An ebook on Amazon is titled “Donald ‘MESSIAH’ Trump: The Man, the Myth, the Messiah?” and asks if the president is the “Last Trump of God.”

    Good grief.

    [Then there’s] this photo of a Trump supporter wearing a shirt that reads, “Jesus died for you, Trump lives for you.” Some of the social media content is satirical, some is not, and it is often difficult to tell the difference. The tendency of the Trump movement to deify the object of its obsession is so widespread and so transparent that it has inspired articles in GQ and Psychology Today as well as on Christian sites such as Red Letter Christians.

    Many a wittily satirical Babylon Bee headline could be mistaken at first blush for the real-life ebullience of some “Always-Trump” voters.

    Many of my fellow “right-wingers” have properly taken to task Democrats or Progressives for elevating the State or government or the environment (Gaia, “Mother Earth”, etc.) to the level of deity. It looks like there exists some on the GOP/conservative side who are in danger of promoting our Republican president to a place of Trump-olotrous reverence.

    And it’s not just glorification of any human being, celebrity or politician which tempts us.

    Even putting partisan politics ahead of worshipping God is worshipping an idol. Further, Jesus himself warned against false prophets. In his Mount Olivet discourse, Christ said that at the end of the age “false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). That day may have come.

    – and not just on the secularist Leftist side of the ideological divide.

    As Bobby Azarian wrote in Psychology Today, “No one is infallible, no one is free from bias, and no one is honest all of the time, no matter how hard they may strive,” a statement that echoes the Christian doctrine of the depravity of man, the idea that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

    “When you believe that someone is truly a godsend, you can excuse anything,” Azarian warns. “It all becomes ‘for the greater good.’ And when that happens, it is a slippery slope to gross abuses of power that continuously increase in magnitude.”

    If such adoration was aimed at Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, conservatives and Republicans would rightly ridicule it and those who practice it. The response should be no different because the object of affection of these Trump supporters is a Republican president. … Christians should only kneel to worship Christ.

    Have we gotten to a juncture where the faithful actually need that last reminder spelled-out to them?

    Admiring a successful or wise or productive person is natural, and can be healthy. And by all means, the President and his people have produced a sizable and beneficent share of accomplishments over the last two-and-one-half years. May they continue to do so!

    As toward any Chief Executive – or any elected official or appointed official – or any homo sapiens, for that matter – Christians ought to be quick to commend when deserved; and not unwilling to criticize when that’s merited. Through it all, they also ought to be developing a habit to pray for whoever it is in view at the moment. Not: pray for them, not to them.

    But “Book of Trump”? Or “Book of Obama”? Tossed in with the likes of the five Books of Moses, or the Gospel of John, or the Book of Romans, etc.? I trust all true believers will take an emphatic pass on that one.

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