EDITORS’ NOTE: As the year draws to a close, it’s a time of reflection. This week, Religion News Service is proud to highlight several top stories by our staff, including this story, which ran on Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day.
Since Donald Trump’s victory in last year’s election, many Christians became convinced he was chosen by God to be president even though he hardly fits their mold of a virtuous leader. In our “Hand of God” series, we take a closer look at the widespread belief that God intervenes in our nation’s political process. We profile three people who think that’s the case. And we analyze why they believe what they do, and look at the potential implications for American democracy.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Democracy may be based on the principle of “one person, one vote,” but some people who supported Donald Trump believe the Master of the Universe cast the master ballot.
“God raised up, I believe, Donald Trump,” said former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann after he won the GOP nomination. “God showed up,” the Rev. Franklin Graham said to cheers at a post-election rally. [read more]
- Anne Severance: God ‘heard the prayers of his people’
- Michael L. Brown: ‘The only way he could have made it is with divine intervention’
- Corie Wilkins: ‘God’s way of giving us a chance to repent’
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