During a small rally in Minnesota this week, Donald Trump claimed that God spoke to him about the state of our economy and how everything is going to be just fine. Strangely enough, the way God speaks sounds very similar to Trump. I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.
The Christian Post summarizes his statement:
He then revealed the conversation he had with God about the economic crisis.
“You know what that is? That’s right. That’s God testing me,” Trump explained. “He said, You know, you did it once. And I said, ‘Did I do a great job, God? I’m the only one who could do it.’ He said, ‘That you shouldn’t say. Now we’re going to have you do it again.’ I said, ‘OK. I agree. You got me.’ But I did it once. And now I’m doing it again. And you see the kind of numbers that we’re putting up. They’re unbelievable. Best job numbers ever. Three months, more jobs in the last three months than ever before.”
Just to state the facts about the job numbers, the unemployment rate fell significantly, yes, but only because it had gotten so high since April. It’s like raising the price of a gallon of milk from $2.50 to $5.00… then reducing it to $4.75 and telling everyone it’s a huge deal. No it’s not. Not in context.
Anyway, considering how little Trump respects religious principles, you would think people can see past his cheap attempt at pandering. Not only did Trump never speak to God, it’s highly doubtful God’s primary focus was the economy instead of, say, the pandemic that has killed more than 170,000 people. The families of those who lost loved ones to the coronavirus deserve a government that will actually try to help them. Instead, the people who were evicted because they couldn’t pay rent are still struggling, as are many of the people who lost their jobs to COVID.
Most of all, from a Christian perspective, the health of the economy shouldn’t be anyone’s biggest priority. Jesus frequently spoke out against the wealthy who hoarded their possessions at the expense of the poor. Who is it, after all, that drives the economy in the first place? People. Essential workers. Unless those people are singing Trump’s praises, he hasn’t achieved much of anything.