Sympathy for the Devil: Part 2
"Rain is a sign of God's blessing, and it started to rain just as you began your speech." These are the opening words Franklin Graham said to Donald Trump at his swearing in today. If you are a Christian, I want you to think carefully about what he said,
"In the Bible rain is a sign of God's blessing - and it started to rain just as you began your speech."
Do you think Rev. Graham's interpretation of scripture sound?
What you are witnessing is a misuse of Scripture. A twisting of the Word out of its original context, to serve a human - if not questionable end.
They remind me of words said by another prophet from the book of 1 Kings.
"Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made horns of iron for himself and said, 'Thus says the LORD, With these you will gore the Arameans until they are consumed.'" - 1 Kings 22:11
Here Zedekiah, along with 399 other prophets, told King Ahab exactly what he wanted to hear. And they told him "This is what The LORD says." Invocations have been offered before Presidents before, but people are careful when asking God's guidance and blessing, to stop short claiming prophetic insight. The only other time I've seen this was Pastor Mark Burns - also for Trump at the RNC.
Think about what Graham said - is it Biblical? Is it justified?
Or is it just his bad interpretation - wishful thinking, and unjustified assurance for undeserved trust?
Another FB friend brought the following things to my attention.
Is rain always a sign of blessing in the Bible? No. It isn't What about the flood? (Genesis 6-7) - And didn't Jesus tell us that "God causes it to rain on the just and the unjust alike" (Matt. 5:45)?
This election has been like no other. Men like Graham, Dobson, Grudem, Fallwell, trusted Evangelical leaders are putting their credibility on the line for Donald Trump - A man who exemplifies the kind of people warned against in 2 Tim 2:3 "lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, without love of good, traitorous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having a form of godliness but denying its power."
And when they do this they abuse the Word of God and they abuse the Church - to use an expression of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "The leaders become mis-leaders." They become like the 400 prophets who prophecied before Ahab saying God's hand is on him when they have no reason for believing so.
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