Is Trump a Modern-day Samson? by Kelli Hillard
It was election night 2012 and Republican Strategist Karl Rove was coming completely unhinged in the Fox News studios. For months he had his thumb on the polling pulse of the nation – especially the all- important “swing states.” While we all knew it would be a close election;; many believed America was ready for a change from Barack Obama. Hope had dissipated, and they wanted change. Millions of Americans were disheartened that their first black president – eloquent and handsome – hadn’t turned out to be the man they thought he was. His affordable healthcare act we turning out to be not so affordable, jobs were fewer and lower paying, and people were still losing their homes in record numbers. By comparison, Romney presented a mature, fatherly, measured-speaking businessman. He had many accomplishments. He was a conservative governor who successfully led the decidedly liberal state of Massachusetts. He turned the scandal-stricken Salt Lake City Olympics into a victorious triumph bolstering the hearts of a still grieving post-9-11 America. Romney looked like he was just the man to take the helm and steer the ship out of increasingly rough waters. But on election night, when it came down to the swing state of Ohio, Chris Stirewalt, one of the number crunchers in the back room at Fox studios explained to a disbelieving Rove, “There just aren’t enough Republican votes left for Romney to get there.” And the election was over. Obama was declared the winner - by five million votes. What happened? The US Census Bureau estimated 215 million Americans were eligible to vote in the 2012 election and 57 million of those belonged to Evangelical Protestant churches. On election night, Pew Research Center conducted voter exit polls that showed only 23% of the voters were Evangelical Protestants. In other words, Of the 129 million people who actually voted, 23 million professing Christian voters – almost half – stayed home in a Presidential election who’s victor won by only 5 million votes* Why didn’t they vote? Was it the Mormon thing? Or did the unsavory world of politics excuse their participation? At the end of the 2012 election, I can imagine Christian Republicans were wringing their hands at the thought of four more years of Obama and praying God would "turn all things for good for those who love Him." And that 2016 would come quickly. I know I was. Well 2016 is here. The Republicans don’t have the fatherly, measured man like Romney running – they have the reality-showman, bombastic, say-anything Donald Trump. Who has a penchant for beautiful women, adulterous behavior, and a good street fight. But the Democratic candidate is also quite colorful. Scores of first-hand accounts tell stories of Hillary Clinton verbally abusing those in her employ with f-bomb expletives, threatening a substantial list of women who were exposing her sex-crazed husband on their way to the White House, and more recently, has a potential rap sheet that rivals the Chicago Mafia of the 20s. To punctuate the point, WikiLeaks has dropped an interweb mother lode exposing the depth of corruption throughout the American political process. It reads like a detailed account of sausage making;; grinding up the waste parts, some blood, and cheap fillers then spicing it up to mask the taste of inferior quality. The stories are so unbelievably fraudulent that Evangelicals may stay home again on November 8, or assuage their conscience and vote for someone more palatable. Even without a chance of victory. But what if one candidate – although deeply flawed and so divisive that families are revising their Thanksgiving invite – could be used by God to do something seemingly impossible?
account of Samson in the book of Judges talks about a man who was sent by God to set His people free from hunger and oppression by the barbaric Philistines. Samson was gifted with a supernatural strength that no one in the land possessed. But he was spoiled, demanding, and self-indulgent – especially with women. Towards the end of the story, Samson is enslaved by his enemies and his eyes are gorged out. But in a final act of strength he used his gift of supernatural strength and brought down the oppressors of his people and they finally lived in peace for many years. So who needs to be set free in America? They are Black. They are Latino. They are White. And they are Asian. Fifty-eight million of them have been robbed of life and a future. They are the unborn. And more than one-third of them were black. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The Negro cannot win as long as he is willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for comfort and safety.” Americans have been told a lie that abortion is a woman’s right, and not a big deal because it doesn’t really hurt anyone. But abortion is not about the fertility rights of women – who not only suffer physically but emotionally after the procedure – it’s about money. Big money. Clandestine videos of Planned Parenthood doctors discussing how best to abort babies while preserving intact body parts for sale, proved that abortion is a very profitable business. Is it possible that Roe v. Wade could actually be overturned? Could a United States President nominate a justice to the Supreme Court bench that tips the balance of power and ends infanticide? There’s only one candidate with the will to do it. What if Donald Trump is a modern day Samson? Like Samson, Trump is a man who sees what he wants and goes after it. He uses brute force – at least verbally – to take down his opponents. He’s shocking and unorthodox. Could the answer to our prayers come in the flawed package of Donald Trump? That would be shocking and unorthodox. And unexpected. But then history shows us God is very comfortable using the unorthodox and the unexpected.
Kelli Hillard is a laypastor at C3 Church in San Diego, California and serves in the church’s Cherish women’s ministry. She and her husband Eddie also facilitate couples’ premarital counseling at C3. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Texas Tech University.pe your paragraph here.
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