When the history books are written about the Donald Trump era, one of the most unnerving and sinister anecdotes will likely be about the religious right’s otherworldly support for Trump even in the face of the almost daily outrages from this White House. That support is probably the biggest reason why Trump’s approval ratings aren’t even more brutal than they are now.
Ever since Trump all but clinched the Republican nomination in the summer of 2016, the nation’s so-called moral guardians have been feeding their followers a false narrative about him. To hear them talk, Trump isn’t just making America great again–he’s making America Christian again. What is more, they’d have us believe that Russia didn’t hack the election for Trump–God did. Therefore, the opposition to Trump is part of a sinister and demonic plot to derail him.
A textbook example of this false narrative came last week from what has become an all-too familiar source–Jim Bakker. To hear him and one of his guests talk, an evil cabal is already working overtime to smear him ahead of next year’s election.
Last Tuesday, Bakker sat down for a chat with Francis Myles, the pastor of Lovefest Church in Tempe, Arizona; near Phoenix. The Zambian-born Myles, who brands himself as an “apostle,” told Bakker that he had a vision to share about Trump. Watch him share it here.
Myles recalled that shortly before the recent outbreak of mass shootings, he got a vision of a goat coated in blood. However, when Myles looked in the goat’s eyes, he could see “innocence” in them.
So what did it mean? Well, Myles said, God told him that the goat represented the “battle for 2020.” Supposedly, the “cabal that rule(s) America”–or, as Trumpkins call it, “the swamp”–is pulling out all the stops to upend Trump next year. He claimed that their sinister plans were hanging on the Mueller report, but they had to change plans when it proved to be a “dud.”
Myles claimed that God told him that the goat represented the “double-edged strategy” that the “underworld” and “political establishment” were going to use in 2020. Supposedly, “a sacrifice has been made in the demonic world,” with a view toward making Trump appear to be “the bloodiest president in American history.” In this telling, this sinister cabal is going to make Trump “the scapegoat for every bloodshed that happens in America ’til 2020.”
Myles went on to say that the blood on the goat had been placed there “by those who want to make the goat guilty for things that the goat did not do.” However, it’s not enough to obscure Trump’s innocence.
For this reason, Myles argued that intercessors need to change their prayer tactics for the upcoming election because the “demonic configurations” attacking Trump have changed. He claimed that the only way to stop this sinister plot is for intercessors to issue “divine restraining orders” against these configurations.
Well, that’s interesting. So whenever we’re concerned about Trump’s um, tenuous relationship with the truth, we’re just making him a scapegoat? For instance, Trump railed on Twitter–without evidence–that the other G7 leaders were concerned about how much the media hated America.
So when we ask him to tell us which leaders said this to him, we’re being played by a sinister demonic plot?
What about when we express concern about him acting like a 73-year-old toddler, as he did when he canceled a trip to Denmark when those mean old Danes refused to even consider selling Greenland to the United States? Does that mean we’re being used by the “demonic configurations” arrayed against him?
And what about his suggestion that we try to stop hurricanes with nuclear weapons? If we’re concerned about how dangerous and reckless that is, are we making him guilty for things he didn’t do?
If your head is spinning after this, folks, you’re not alone. After all, Bakker and Myles managed to treat us to a lovely example of the contortions and distortions that the religious right is deploying to keep its followers loyal to Trump.
Well, gentlemen–a term that I must use in its loosest possible sense–you’re in for a surprise. There are quite a few Christians out there, including this writer, who know this country was swindled four years ago, and have been praying for the swindle to be exposed in full. And when that swindle is exposed, you will have to answer for helping perpetrate it.
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