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Did God Want Trump to Become President?

The White House press secretary told the Christian Broadcasting Network on Wednesday that she believes God wanted Trump to become president of the United States.

Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Sanders, says she really believes God wanted Trump to be the president of the United States.

She made the comment Wednesday on CBN, the Christian Broadcast Network.

“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that He wanted Donald Trump to become president,” Sanders told CBN News. “That’s why he’s there and I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about.”

Sanders also called her boss “the most conservative president we’ve ever had” and said Trump’s judicial nominations — in an effort to stop what she called “an activist court” — might be his greatest legacy.

“There’s a reason evangelicals are sticking with the president, and that’s because he’s delivered on all the things he said he would do,” she said.

During his time in office, the Trump Administration has certainly pursued certain issues that evangelicals have been particularly concerned about. Those issues include restricting abortion rights, eliminating a birth control mandate, and expanding school choice and voucher programs that would likely benefit private religious schools.

He also endorsed bringing Bible literacy classes to public schools, which would be a tricky proposition given the notion of Separation of Church and State.

But does God really care who’s president?

It’s an interesting point of view. Of course, if you’re a Republican and a Christian, you probably agree with Sanders’ point of view.

Otherwise, you might be tempted to dispute it.

The first question I might have asked if she’d made that statement to me is whether God wanted the men who previously served as president to hold that office. CBS News pointed out that she didn’t offer that opinion and was not asked.

But perhaps that’s a valid question.

Maybe God called upon Barack Obama to rise to the occasion. Maybe He called on George W. Bush, too.

I’d like to think God might have called upon Jimmy Carter, easily one of the most moral and religious men ever to occupy the White House.

But the thing is, outside of what she believes, there’s no real way for any of us to know what God did or didn’t want.

The presidency might be something important enough that God might take an interest. But if He really wanted a specific person to be elected, is there any real reason for any of us to vote? Couldn’t God — if he really wanted one person to become president over anyone else — just magically engineer that no matter what the voters say?

Christians proclaim all the time that God wants this or that when they don’t really know any more than the rest of us. They may fervently believe they know what God wants, but at best, it’s a guess.

For all of the issues important to Evangelicals that Trump has tackled, there are questions about other issues that don’t necessarily seem “Christian-like” to some. Those include some of the comments he has made about women, splitting up families at the border and building a wall to shut out those who are seeking asylum.

There are always two sides, not just one.

The one thing I think God does want is that we make decisions based on our own personal relationship with Him, not a political party. The Bible, after all, makes no mention of Republicans or Democrats.

I think God would want us to remember that a little more often.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.