The idea that President Donald Trump was ordained by God to run America is growing in popularity among some Religious Right leaders and Republican Party political operatives.
As noted elsewhere in this issue of Church & State, the concept of a divinely ordained Trump has been embraced by two of the president's most vociferous evangelical defenders, Franklin Graham and Paula White. Lesser-known figures have also promoted it.
The idea is also popular among Trump's inner political circle. In February, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump's press secretary, told TV preacher Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), "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. 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."
A few weeks after that, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo likened Trump to Queen Esther, a character from the Hebrew Bible.
Pompeo was asked by CBN correspondent Chris Mitchell, "Could it be that President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace?"
Pompeo, who was visiting Israel at the time, replied, "As a Christian, I certainly believe that's possible." (The Esther story concerns a young woman who uses her beauty to gain power over a king and...