President Trump: ‘We Have God on Our Side’

by John Ellis

Our President who has famously boasted that he doesn’t have any need to repent is now crowing that, “we have God on our side.” Presuming to speak for God, President Trump made his assertion to a crowd of his adoring worshipers at the inaugural “Evangelicals for Trump” event held at a megachurch in Miami. Considering that many of Trump’s evangelical supporters went googly-eyed over the “artist” Jon McNaughton’s depiction of Trump crushing the head of a serpent, it’s unclear whether those in attendance at the rally consider Donald Trump their Lord and Savior or not. In fact, taking into account Trump’s extreme hubris, his disdain for anyone who dares to disagree with him combined with his penchant for taking revenge (vengeance is his right as the Savior of evangelicals, after all), and his constant drumbeat that he gets to decide what’s lawful and what’s not, he may have been referring to himself with his statement.  

Lost in all the cheering emanating from his supporters, President Trump’s boasting stands in stark contrast with one of my favorite passages in the Bible – Joshua 5:13-15.

In the passage, the Israelites are preparing to begin the siege of Jericho. While surveying the battlefield, Joshua sees a man with a drawn sword. Approaching the mysterious figure, Joshua asks, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?”

From a human perspective, especially on the eve of battle, that’s a legitimate question. It makes sense for Joshua to find out if this unknown man is an enemy or an ally. However, as the Bible constantly reveals, the human perspective is deeply flawed. Demonstrating this truth, the figure responds with the word, “No.”

From a human point of view, Joshua didn’t ask a yes or no question. With his “no,” the stranger rejects Joshua’s assumptions. Thankfully, the sword wielding figure explains, “I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.”

The correct perspective doesn’t ask whether God is on our side or not. The correct perspective seeks to submit to God and place ourselves under His authority. The correct question (always) is are we on God’s side?

The decisions and actions of President Trump are not in submission to God. Our immoral, deceitful, vindictive President isn’t concerned about the furtherance of Christ’s Kingdom; the Great Commission is not a part of his thought process. His actions and goals are designed to retain power and protect comfort. President Trump expects God (and everyone else) to submit to his will and desires. As long as God submits to Trump, our President is able to boast that the Creator of the universe is his ally. With his words at the rally, Donald Trump provided more evidence that he is unfit to serve in a position of leadership.  

Shamefully and sinfully, though, Trump’s evangelical supporters will be characterized by not only a wholesale defense of Trump’s blasphemous braggadocio, they will actively own it and run with it. No doubt, on this Lord’s Day (Jan. 5), evangelical pulpits this country over regurgitated the contra Biblical claim that “we have God on our side” in order to laud the Great Evangelical Savior occupying this nation’s Holiest of Holies called the Oval Office while demonizing those who continue to refuse to bow before Trump.

Comfort and power are what we collectively worship, and President Trump has promised to be the bully/Savior that will protect our idols and save us from our enemies. In fact, the history of this country – the history of evangelicalism in this country – has been characterized by a defiant refusal to submit to God while deceitfully claiming that God is for us. President Trump is merely a logical point on the road leading to the completed conflation of God and country. It’s hard not to believe that we’re almost there.  

8 thoughts on “President Trump: ‘We Have God on Our Side’

  1. Why in the world do people think that the Bible talks about God crushing the head of a serpent? Genesis 3:15 makes no such claim whatsoever. God bruises and Satan bruises. But no one gets the victory and actually “crushes” their enemy in that verse. Why do people think that the Bible ever makes mention of the “crushing” of Satan’s head?

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  2. Great point, Lee R. No where does Genesis 3:15 make any reference that God crushes Satan’s head. In this verse, they appear to be equals. Satan bruises and God bruises, but not one gets the final victory and actually “crushes” the other. This verse displays a battle between equals with no clear victor. How any Christians could ever think that God “crushes” Satan’s head in this verse just shows their complete Biblical ignorance. This artwork is blasphemous in that it is adding something to scripture that is not there.

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  3. God does get the victory in the end. But, no where does this verse portray that. If the Bible actually said in that verse that God crushed Satan’s head, then this artwork would not be so blasphemous. Christians are so ignorant. This verse portrays a power struggle of equals with clear victor. If the verse really said that God will crush Satan’s head, then that is what the verse would have said. But it in no way, shape or form says that. Both God and Satan “bruise” each other in this verse. Whoever gets out of this verse that God actually “crushes” Satan’s head is woefully ignorant. Yes, the theme of the Bible is that God crushes Satan’s head. But this is not portrayed in this particular verse. The artwork here is nothing but a complete display of Biblical ignorance. This in and of itself should disqualify it from being taken seriously.

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  4. Thank you, Mr. Blog Owner, for pointing this out to us. I have never heard of this artwork. You are so correct that nowhere does Genesis 3:15 talk about God “crushing” Satan. Bruising each other means to afflict wounds to each other, but no one really gets the overwhelming victory and “crushes” the other. This blasphemous artwork put things into Scripture that are not there. Thank you for keeping us abreast of the follies of these ignorant Trump supporters.

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  5. Two initial thoughts:
    1) “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? Psalm 118:6

    2) Mark 9:38-41
    38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
    39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
    40 For he that is not against us is on our part.
    41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

    What concerns me most is that you claim Trump believes he is speaking for God, yet in omniscience you know and judge Trump’s and Trump supporters’ thoughts and intents. The anger, the lack of humility, the assumptions? I’m not sure how this is supposed to persuade people to join your God’s side if you are behaving how you claim we are acting.

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  6. Jenn, I was going to try to pretend I did not see your ignorant and crude remarks, but I can’t in decency let it go. Trump believes he not only speaks for God, he claims to BE God. His supporters think he is the Messiah. Plus, Trump is racist. I never saw a card-carrying KKK member not be a supporter of Trump. And conversely, there are very few Trump supporters who are not racists. He also hates women and has never seen a radical pro-life supporter whom he will not embrace. His policies have set women’s rights back 20 years. Anyone who supports Trump is also anti-woman besides being racist. I cannot believe you actually have the audacity to spew your vile comments.

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  7. I have got to ask, how can you, Jenn, as a woman, support a radically conservative moron such as Trump? This guy is has done more to advocate the radical right’s ant-choice agenda than any other politician in the last 50 years!

    And speaking for all of the earth, how can you have the audacity to support someone who believes in these crazy conspiracy theories such as “climate change is a hoax?” Do you kiss your mother with that mouth? Not only are you anti-woman, but you are anti-human in general!

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  8. To the people above, I’m not much of a Bible thumper, so I really couldn’t care about some stupid artwork. However, I did do some research and you are correct. That verse that the artwork refers to makes no mention of anyone crushing any serpent’s head. That bible verse refers to two forces bruising each other. There’s no mention of any side “crushing” the other the San Francisco have crushed most of their opponents lately. Two sides bruising each other sounds like a fairly even match if you ask me. It just goes to show that not only are Trump supporters racist and anti-woman, they are just plain stupid. They can’t even get their own artwork correct according to the verses in the bible they are referring to.

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