For the better part of the last three years, the religious right has been working overtime to awaken evangelicals to all the good Donald Trump is supposedly doing. Even as Trump has seemingly found new ways to bring shame and disgrace upon himself and the office he holds, the nation’s so-called moral guardians have preached a false narrative–Trump is not only making America great again, but making America Christian again. Therefore, if you oppose him, you’re being played by the devil.
Well, we now know that an awakening of a sort happened two weeks ago. As of Saturday night, the Democrats have picked up at least 38 seats in the House, assuring them of a solid majority. While six remaining seats remain uncalled, we already know that the GOP has suffered its worst shellacking in a House election since it lost 49 seats in the wake of Watergate. The message is clear. Despite Trump’s attempts to drown out their message, the Democrats were able to awaken the American people to the growing evidence that they had been swindled two years ago.
But apparently the religious right didn’t get the message–or, more accurately, doesn’t want us to get the message. That’s the only conclusion you can draw from what one of the loudest generals in the Trumpvangelical Army, Jim Bakker, did on Tuesday and Wednesday. He aired a rebroadcast of his Election Night coverage in which he and another Trump-worshiping pastor, Lance Wallnau, wailed that they were the ones getting drowned out.
During part 2 of the broadcast, which aired on Wednesday, Wallnau joined the festivities via Skype from Washington. Bakker wanted him to deliver an important message–one that the forces of darkness didn’t want heard. Watch here.
In a rare bit of humility, Wallnau said that he wasn’t comfortable joining most of his fellow covfefe-drinking prophets in claiming there was going to be a red wave. As he saw it, that assumed Trump was going to prevail just because he was “anointed.” Given how divided the nation was, Wallnau claimed that for Trump to ultimately triumph, “the people of God are going to have to show up.”
To that end, Wallnau said that he and Bakker were going to have to be “a voice of awakening” to the nation over the next two years. Their goal? To “awaken the body of Christ to engagement at a level it has not understood in its personal history.”
Wallnau reminded the audience that we are in the year 5779 in the Jewish calendar. He claimed there was a double meaning to the number 9–“a serpent in a basket ready to strike, and a woman who is pregnant, ready to give birth.” He believed that the United States was witnessing a replay of the scene in Genesis in which Eve was tempted by the serpent, and it would determine whether “we will be a sheep or a goat nation.” Translation–this is a battle between good and evil.
As Bakker listened, Wallnau claimed that a “spirit of Leviathan” was going to be working overtime to stop the church from birthing “this great awakening.” Among other things, it was going to try to tear down Trump and his family. He claimed this spirit was going to be working through the Democrats’ continued “irrational assault” on Trump. The only way to fight it, he claimed, would be to get more Christians to the ballot box.
Apparently Wallnau doesn’t know or understand that a good number of Christians are already wide awake–including yours truly. We realized early on that this nation was swindled, and were praying for this swindle to be exposed. From where we’re sitting, Election Night amounted to an answered prayer.
So you want to awaken Christians, Lance and Jim? Be careful what you wish for. It’s not just Trump-worshiping Christians who are being awakened. Christians on the left, as well as right-leaning Christians who aren’t willing to bow down to Trump, came out during this election to send a message to Trump. And two years from now, we’re going to send him packing.
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