Let’s just admit it – we all have our favorites. It isn’t that difficult, then, to believe that God has favorites too. Consider that one of the main narratives of the Bible, as a whole, is preoccupied with the notion that the Israelites are God’s chosen people, God’s “favorites,” so to speak. Favoritism is sort of a harmless construct, but it can affect a lot, particularly when the stakes are high.
Over the last year or so, I’ve tried to limit my direct criticisms of the president and his administration. I have, generally, erred on the side of limiting my sound that would contribute to the raging noise on the subject that has seemingly overtaken all news media in the most exhausting way. But, for the moment, I must be vocal.
Over the course of the current presidency, and the election cycle that lead up to it, there have been a number of Christian leaders who have insisted directly, or passively implied, that Donald Trump was chosen by God to lead our nation. Even one of the pastors at my own church (the church I left a week after the election) went so far as to post to Facebook that Trump’s win “was a total miracle of the Lord,” implying that God’s “favor” was upon him. These beliefs, while benign in and of themselves, can lead to malignant consequences – issues we are seeing played out currently.
This favoritism is not new, but has been a hallmark of the religious right since its inception in the 1970s. In 1973, two landmark decisions occurred that would shape the… [Read more…] about When God Plays Favorites