Today, seven days plus one since the historic 2016 presidential elections, it appears that most people are still in shock and awe with the out-of-this-world performance of Donald Trump. And why not? It defied almost all prognostications, scientific or otherwise, and it zapped whatever human logic there was that backed up (it’s really more like propped up) the confidence of the political left, the never Trumpers of the right, the so-called elites, the tv gurus, the Washington ‘establishment’, etc., etc.
But not all were on the bandwagon of course. Take former presidential candidate former Governor Huckabee. He exuded what could only be characterized as unwavering faith that Trump would win big. The actual results now prove he was right. What made Huckabee and people like him felt so certain about their conviction?
To find the answer, consider from the foregoing the keywords: ‘out-of-this-world’. ‘human logic’, ‘propped up’, ‘faith’ and ‘conviction’. These more than give a hint as to what made Trump trumped, pun intended, his opponent. Make no mistake about it, unless he got help from outside the realm of human existence, against tremendous odds he stood no chance. I can therefore think of only one explanation: there was Divine intervention!
The evangelicals – people who believe Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and Master – as a group, was Trump’s secret weapon. They provided his ground game or people who went door to door to campaign. Their efforts were largely ignored and taken for granted by the media and they were relegated to the fringes. They operated under the radar. And they did something else. But let us hold on to that one for the moment.
Human logic? Oh there was plenty of logic to their work all right, there was also rhyme and there was reason. Except that it was more than human by nature. Their confidence was not propped up but ‘built’ on ‘solid ground’. Hence, the firm conviction of Huckabee and company. They would argue that the Bible teaches ‘if God be for us, who can be against us?’. To me, nothing can be more formidable. Who can fight the heavens and win?
The rhyme and the reason? Well now, just like the rest of the electorate that voted for Trump, the evangelicals also took very seriously the issues that mattered: loss of jobs, weakened economy, national security, law and order, illegal immigration, social disorder and others. What about the issues against Trump? Did the allegations about his ‘assault and abuse towards women’ not matter? Aren’t the Jesus followers proponents of moral decency? Yes they did matter and yes they uphold Biblically based moral values. But they did not judge the candidate. They left that out to their God to make. Even so, vis-à-vis Hillary Clinton’s alleged crimes that are actually actively being investigated by no less than the FBI and vigorously pursued by Congress, Trump was the better safer choice for Commander-in-Chief and Chief Executive of the nation. Or so, they thought.
Besides conviction, consider what else Trump's most powerful secret weapon had in their sleeves. They had prayer. I am certain they prayed ever so hard. And lo and behold, their prayers were answered. Now, why should we be surprised with the outcome? Certainly we should be awed. Both by how Trump won and who was behind it. Maybe we should ask the evangelicals about their faith. We might learn something.