Trump as King Cyrus

The evangelical right has a very weird thing going on with Donald Trump. The autocratic, patriarchal white pastors dominant in those church circles are exhorting their flocks to see our pussy-grabbing, con man grifter president as a modern day King Cyrus anointed by God to save the faithful.

As Lance Wallnau, an evangelical author and speaker who appears in the film, once said, “I believe the 45th president is meant to be an Isaiah 45 Cyrus,” who will “restore the crumbling walls that separate us from cultural collapse.”

Cyrus, in case you’ve forgotten, was born in the sixth century B.C.E. and became the first emperor of Persia. Isaiah 45 celebrates Cyrus for freeing a population of Jews who were held captive in Babylon. Cyrus is the model for a nonbeliever appointed by God as a vessel for the purposes of the faithful.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/31/opinion/trump-evangelicals-cyrus-king.html

Far-fetched? To you and me, maybe. But not to the far right. More from the opinion writer:

I have attended dozens of Christian nationalist conferences and events over the past two years. And while I have heard plenty of comments casting doubt on the more questionable aspects of Mr. Trump’s character, the gist of the proceedings almost always comes down to the belief that he is a miracle sent straight from heaven to bring the nation back to the Lord. I have also learned that resistance to Mr. Trump is tantamount to resistance to God.

This isn’t the religious right we thought we knew. The Christian nationalist movement today is authoritarian, paranoid and patriarchal at its core. They aren’t fighting a culture war. They’re making a direct attack on democracy itself.

They want it all. And in Mr. Trump, they have found a man who does not merely serve their cause, but also satisfies their craving for a certain kind of political leadership.

These evangelical pastors are declaring Trump their kind of guy — which makes me wonder what’s going on behind the scenes in evangelical churches. One might argue that in identifying with Trump, these pastors are seeking validation of behaviors that resemble their idol. I don’t know that to be true, but I suspect it might be.

Would love to see some of these guys under the same scrutiny that Trump is going to get once Dems take over the House. What’s that old saying, about being known by the company you keep? Pussy grabbing con man grifters of the world, unite.

 

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