A Christian theology professor has warned conservative evangelicals who believe President Donald Trump is like the biblical Cyrus that he’ll “turn on them in a moment.”
Roger E. Olson, professor of Christian Theology of Ethics at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, wrote Monday on his blog that some Trump-backing evangelicals see him as “something of a messianic figure.”
He clarified that he’s not talking about everyone who voted for Trump, but specifically evangelicals who “lionize Trump as a kind of new national messiah” and see him as “our Cyrus,” referring to the biblical king.
“Cyrus was, of course, the emperor of Persia who died in 530 BC. During his approximately thirty year reign he released the Hebrew people in exile to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple that was destroyed earlier by the Babylonians,” the theologian described.
“He is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible several times and always favorably. There is one obscure passage in Isaiah that even attributes messianic qualities to him.”
Olson pointed out that the Hebrew people did not consider Cyrus one of them, but saw him as a powerful ally that was raised up by God to deliver them from bondage. He noted that some evangelicals, in much the same way, believe that God is using Trump to deliver them from persecution.
“These people see themselves as a remnant of the conservative Christianity that once made America truly great,” he argued.
“Their view of American history is a downward slide toward not true pluralism but suppression of traditional Christian values,” he continued.
“They truly believe that Trump, even if he is immoral and criminal (the latter has not been proven, of course), was raised up by God to reverse the trend in American culture toward total decadence and hedonism. But even more, they believe God raised up Trump not because he is one of them but because he hears them and will put a stop to efforts by government bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. (e.g., in the Department of Education) to persecute Christians.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov