God looking down at Trump
President Trump has been busy fending off calls for impeachment from political foes. But what does God have to say?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ve probably heard about the campaign to impeach President Trump. Politicians have retreated to their respective sides of the aisle and are now bracing for a fight. 

But how does God feel about all of this? Does the man upstairs desire justice for misdeeds in the oval office, or, in his infinite wisdom, should forgiveness rule the day? For faith leaders, that’s a matter of intense debate.

A Wall of Faith

Some of Trump’s biggest defenders are men of the cloth. Among them is Franklin Graham, son of the renowned evangelist Billy Graham (who famously counseled Richard Nixon while he tried to fend off impeachment).

“Our country could begin to unravel if an elected president is thrown out of office because of lies and the media,” Graham told Religion News Service in a recent interview. “It could be a devastating thing. We’re in very dangerous territory.”

Texas pastor Jack Graham also voiced support for the president on his official Twitter account:

Meanwhile, Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas took an even stronger stance, arguing that despite his faults, Trump’s work to support pro-life causes is far too important to let his presidency be derailed by impeachment. He went on to question the faith of Democrats, saying:

“Apparently the god they worship is the pagan god of the Old Testament Moloch, who allowed for child sacrifice. The god of the Bible doesn’t sanction the killing of millions and millions of children in the womb, I think the god they are worshipping is the god of their own imagination.”

If we were to make a judgment based on these statements alone, it would seem God is firmly opposed to impeachment. But what do other faith groups think?

Not So Fast

Apparently, they think that’s a load of baloney. A progressive faith organization called the Red Letter Christians have called for a National Day of Prayer this Sunday, Oct. 13, which they hope will shine light on any potential shady dealings in the White House.  

“For the sake of our nation’s integrity and the most vulnerable in our society, we call on fellow Christians to support the current impeachment inquiry. Please join us in praying that the truth will be revealed and set us all free,” the group wrote in a statement. They’re being joined by over 100 faith leaders across the U.S:

The group’s planned event, which will include prayers for members of Congress who may ultimately be called upon to decide if President Trump deserves to remain in office, has revealed a growing rift between Christians who support the current state administration and those who don’t.

“May the Truth Prevail”

At the same time, the Red Letter Christians have been quick to emphasize that honesty and transparency – not politics – are what most define their support for an impeachment inquiry.  

“It is not a partisan issue. It’s a moral issue. It’s not something to engage in lightly; therefore, the call to prayer is appropriate,” declared the Rev. Traci Blackmon of the United Church of Christ. “Beyond red and blue, there is right and wrong.” She continued:

“For me, the prayer for Sunday is about this impeachment inquiry, but it’s also about the healing of our nation. It’s also about restoring hope and restoring faith and trust in one another. It’s also about diminishing divisiveness that has been growing since 2016. It’s also about honoring the humanity and dignity of everyone who calls this home.”

Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, since giving the green light for impeachment, has insisted it be carried out “with dignity, with respect, prayerfully.” In a nod to her Catholic roots, Pelosi later said “I pray for the president all the time. I pray for the safety of his family — I wish that he would pray for the safety of other families and do something courageous on guns — but I also pray that God will illuminate him to see right from wrong. It’s very problematic.”

What do you think? If God could cast a vote for impeachment, where would his allegiances lie? Is it even wise to bring religion into such a high-stakes political process?

47 comments

  1. Dan Atatakai says:

    Why on EARTH would God care one whit about impeachment? According to the Abrahamic faiths, God created the universe, which includes the earth, the sun, etc. Now, why would God, with the hundreds of billions of constellations, and each constellation having hundreds of billions of stars, care about one little country and one guy who somehow became president?

    1. Lori says:

      I agree that our political BS is not a concern for “God”, nor do I believe the Source is concerned with who is elected to a political office. People tend to mold “God” to there own beliefs and perceptions, when, in fact, no one really has a clue what God is or isn’t. Our inflated egos make us think we have the answers to how “God” does or doesn’t interact with us. They follow a book that is endlessly contradicting in its understanding and condemn others who don’t agree.
      Trump is not a gift from “God”. He just is. I don’t know what will happen with the impeachment process and I don’t think “God” is going to swing the outcome either way. People need to wake up and examine who Trump really is, and stop worrying about “Gods” interaction.

  2. Flugo says:

    ‘dan tacky’: Why? Because God put Trump in office according to the book of Romans in the Bible. We are to pray for him and respect him.

    1. Joe says:

      Does the same goes for Kim Jung Un? How about about Maduro? Castro? Putin? Did God also put Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, and the likes?

      1. flugo says:

        ‘joee’: Yes! Either God is God and all that implies; or He isn’t!
        Proverbs 21:1 tells of the king’s heart in God’s control; Romans 13:1-5 is clear about God’s dispensing authority; Hababuk 1:6 is where God brought in the cruel Chaldeans to discipline His people; Psalm 75:5-7; Daniel 2:20-21; and many other Biblical references to God, for His purpose, is in charge!

        1. Lionheart says:

          Wells Flugo: I see you are still reading and quoting from that old book of fictional tales and stories.

          Try a different fictional book that has better endings and possibly better morals. Alice In Wonderland might be a good option, or if you want more excitement with not as much gore as your book, the Harry Potter books might serve you better.

          🦁❤️

    2. Russ Hjelm says:

      I’m sorry, but you cannot interpret what Paul says about authority in general, to a particular person.

      1. flugo says:

        ‘rush em’: You either believe what God’s Word says, or you don’t. No problem to me.
        Authority figures are at many levels. God has put teachers over students, governors over state citizens, parents over kids, husband over wife, presidents over national citizens, and finally God over all. We are to pray for leadership and respect leadership. (After all, they’re God’s appointees!) God, in His wisdom and perfect plan uses people and nations of all descriptions to carry out His objectives . . . . whether we like them or understand them. That’s God’s business

    3. Rev. John D. Partin says:

      Flugo Marx, stupid and gullible voters and the Electoral College put the Donald in office, not God, and so we can’t blame God for that. We don’t owe the Donald prayers or respect, anymore than we owed them for Hitler or Stalin or Pol Pot or other murderous idiots, who were also put in power by stupid people!! Don’t blame God for him and all that mess!!!

      1. Lionheart says:

        And don’t miss out Bill Clinton and Obama.

        🦁❤️

  3. Joe says:

    If the churches want to get involved in politics, then they should also start paying taxes.

    1. Joyce T Mizer says:

      Amen

    2. tom b says:

      Respectfully…they should pay taxes; period…there is no good reason to exempt organized religion from paying taxes…Peace…Tom B

    3. Brother David says:

      No, Churches should not get involved, but individuals in this country can and should be a part. I have listened to church leaders – priests, ministers, reverends, etc. and know that they are “learned persons”. I don’t take everything they say as “gospel” just because they said it. example – a pastor said that we use grape juice for wine because its in the bible and wine back then really wasn’t like today, and we don’t drink alcohol because you be sinnin.
      I said what…! Yes wine is made from grapes, and yes it is a custom, and yes it is used in celebration, and … I said I am a wine expert by training, and the wine of old days was from grapes that were stored in vessels that fermented the juice, and it was used and drank for celebration and medicine and the life of Christ. And the sin is not the wine it is the drunk. If you drink too much you may: be the fool, the evildoer, the one who commits the sin.
      My point is don’t take the word of someone without checking it’s facts. Don’t say with authority without knowing it is correct. Just because the person is so n so, doesn’t mean we should drink the grape koolaid.
      Peace, Brother David

  4. Lionheart says:

    More to the point, does god exist?
    🦁❤️

    1. Brother David says:

      Sure. And sometimes she reaches down a slaps us. In days of old he sent fire and she sent floods or was it he and she or she and he…. my point is the spirit is all things, all energy’s, not of bones or flesh, not a hate-filled being but a loving, kind being that is or has been storied and taken out of it’s full context. And yes I am talking about the Bible. It’s often quoted, miss quoted, twisted, applied, used to control, but it is also inspiring, great reading and changeling. It takes a lot of brain power to follow all the pieces to the story and to go back and put the misquoted context into order to not be misled into the God of fire and brimstone. I don’t know all of it, and I do know there are missing pieces to the puzzle. I do believe its content is inspired, that men physically wrote it, and that if you have an open mind, there is a lot to learn.
      And that some people that have died or left their being, returned and shared the events and were transpired by what was or had taken place. Not everyone has the same experience, yet some did.
      Peace, Brother David

      1. Lionheart says:

        It’s an interesting theory/story isn’t it?

        🦁❤️

  5. James Grainger says:

    The Constitution provides for separation of church and state for a reason; so one church can not gain power and force it’s beliefs on others. God did not elect Trump, the people, however misguided they were, did. Even the President is not above the law.

  6. rev. Dr. o.s. McClain says:

    NO ONE MAN CAN RUN THIS COUNTRY IT’S IMPOSSIBLE ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE THE PUBLIC IS TOO INTELLIGENT

    1. Ben says:

      Sadly, you’re poor grammar means that you’re not intelligent.

  7. God's Messenger says:

    Trump sycophants and the evil-angel-icans (evangelicans are working for Satan) proping him up would present him as a saintly “savior”. His Impeachment is due to his Gross Abuse of the Presidential Powers, his disdain for the Law and Constitution, his many Illegal Business Dealings, his Money Laundering, his Tax Evasion, his Obstruction of Justice and his TREASON with Putin and other foreign Nations. If God really cared, he would have incinerated him on the spot for his sins and love of darkness.This is a wordly problem for men and the remedy is Impeachment, Removal from Office and prosecuted for his many many Crimes. Besides. he is an Illegitimate President who was falsely elected with Russian help. Matthew 7:15 King James Version (KJV) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. And Dark and Evil he is…

  8. Mary Benoit says:

    God does not get involved. It’s called human free will. We can affirm and act to work toward a specific outcome.
    People with bad ideas, like denying women the status of personhood, is wrong. We have the future of overpopulation but they don’t want women to be able to control their own bodies.
    If you look at nature it is more important for the species to continue than for any one entity to live

  9. Lynn Gideon says:

    God anointed Saul King of Israel and when Saul disobeyed God took away his kingdom and anointed David as king. Our leaders are anointed by God. If impeachment takes place then it is God’s will, and if impeachment does not happen it is still God’s will.

    1. Lionheart says:

      It looks as though the odds are on your god being right every time then, he can’t lose. It’s like, heads I win, tails you lose.

      By that sort of logic, whatever happens, your god approves of it, so that must include killings in churches, rapings, death by storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, or anything else because if he doesn’t step in to stop them it’s obviously what he wants….right?

      If a tree falls and just misses me, is it gods will? If it missed me but fell on a child do I thank your god it missed me?

      Just asking!

      🦁❤️

    2. Russ Hjelm says:

      By applying your logic, King George was God’s anointed, and the founding fathers of our nation rebelled against God when they rebelled against King George.

    3. Joe says:

      So then, instead of criticizing the process, Christians should stand still and let God do His will? It’s pointless to fight something if God is responsible for the outcome. If Trump is the chosen one, then he has nothing to fear, regardless of guilt.

      1. flugo says:

        ‘joee’: Right on! All authority is of God. (Romans 13) AND, representative of authority (be they parents, mayors, kings, teachers, bosses) DO have nothing to fear so long as they are following God’s revealed will in their lives.
        They may encounter resistance, but God will honor their commitment to His calling in life. It’s when they operate outside God’s revealed will that they will encounter His discipline.

        1. Lionheart says:

          🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

          Too funny!!!

          🦁❤️

    4. Lori says:

      Those who are in favor of Trump will say it was Gods will if he ISN’T impeached. Those who are against Trump will say it’s Gods will if he IS impeached. It seems to me that Gods will is what ever each person wants it to be. Don’t you think?

  10. Russ Hjelm says:

    I’m not sure where we got the hubris to believe that any, and every, issue that we get tied up in knots over, God does as well. Wait, now I remember, it began when we got the hubris to believe that God is the image of us, rather than the other way around.

  11. Ben says:

    Considering all the Commandments Trump has broken, I’m sure God is okay with impeachment.
    Of course, since Trump is an adulterer Leviticus 20:10 says Trump should be put to death.
    So get to it Christians, take care of Trump and if you won’t, shut your mouths about homosexuality, witchcraft or any of the rest of God’s laws/rules. It’s all or nothing, you don’t get to cherry pick.

  12. Ben says:

    My Gods are all for removing an unjust ruler.

  13. tom b says:

    Respectfully to all…”God” is not a “ruler”; that is an anthropomorphic projection…there is no God to have opinions…there is the Peace of the universe, and the karma that, along with our current actions, influences our lives…at this point in our history, our “leaders” are obsessed with “winning”, as opposed to collaborative efforts…unless this changes, we can lose the United States…Peace…Tom B

  14. David says:

    GOD does care about what we do as a individual, a country, a world. When our forefathers set out to form our country, they did so with guidance from one another, their readings, their beliefs and their faiths. They set laws and enacted ways to deal with potential problems. Weather you believe in the Bible’s words, it is a good book of guidance. It doesn’t need to be taken out of context, nor does the words of men – women. Jesus was a great teacher, as is told by the Bible and the lips of men. And yes there are many teachers and books. I chose to believe in God, Jesus and his Spirit that is in us. I believe that this nation will survive and we are called to honor the President, Congress, and the Courts. The laws must be followed. It is what makes our nation great. Congress has an obligation to the citizens of this country and the world. The rule of law has nothing to do with the man Donald Trump. If the man DT violated the rules set forth for the position of President then Congress must act on it for “we the people”. If they find nothing, than we the people should understand that the system worked. Personally I don’t like the way he has handled the operation of the country or the relations with the world, It doesn’t matter red or blue, put it aside and do what is right for us. May God illuminate the minds of our leaders, May his Spirit guide their hearts, and my peace be with all. Peace, Brother David

    1. Lionheart says:

      Well David, I personally don’t see your book as a good book of guidance, especially as your god condoned slavery and stoning people to death. Just saying!

      Peace ✌🏼

      🦁❤️

      1. tom b says:

        Lionheart…as I have in the past, I agree with you…the bible is like a Reader’s Digest “guide” to history; it is not any god’s anthropomorphic work…that “God” would do good or bad things is a dualism that does not exist…Peace…Tom B

    2. Lori says:

      You sound very sincere and I respect what you’ve written. I don’t believe in the bible or Jesus, but your comment reflects a greater consciousness.

      1. Brother David says:

        Lori, thank you. I hope we all improve our consciousness of life and the world around us . I’m curious and have to ask you, you don’t believe in Jesus, the person’s’ existence? Or the Bible story of him/his life?
        Peace, Brother David

        1. Lori says:

          The man, Jesus, may have existed and much of what was written of his teachings are to be respected. He did not write anything down personally, so it’s hard to say how accurate the writings were. I don’t believe he was a savior of anything. The creative power, “God”, runs through each and every person and thing on this planet. We are born with spirit and we die with spirit, regardless of what we’ve done or haven’t done. Their have been many teachers that have walked through history, offering equally to the growth of human consciousness. I believe it’s time for us to embrace our responsibilities to each other and break through the walls and the language that divides us. Each person must choose to either grow or remain stagnant in what they believe. In growing, we learn to recognize that there’s a core element that exists beneath all religions. It’s not about how we perceive “God”. It’s about how “God” works through us regardless of our perception.

    3. Ben says:

      May the Gods protect us, by smiting Trump; before he destroys us all!
      Also, may Apollo’s light of truth illuminate the minds of the Trump-cultists; to his evils.

      1. Lionheart says:

        So do I take it that if President Trump isn’t smitten and gets re-elected, and Trump cultists don’t change their views, then your gods don’t exist, even Apollo?

        Perhaps they just don’t care, that’s if they really exist. They might even be Trump supporters and helped him get to his Presidency.

        🦁❤️

  15. flugo says:

    ‘dave’; Purty darn good piece of work.

  16. Mark Hannon says:

    When the entire Christian community holds a conference to include some great or inspired writing into the Bible by Franklin Graham, I might be interested in his opinions.
    Until then he is just giving his opinion and it is only worth what anyone else’s is.

  17. David says:

    It is just that! Remember that we are all in this together. Let’s try to use common sense, guidance from your higher power, and the bases of good over evil. You may not believe in Jesus as I do, but take the good work-teaching-stories, and those other holy or secularist, work-stories-views, and put the “body” and “mind”to work doing what is right for mankind and ourselves (including family).
    The world is a mess and we can only change a tiny part of it, us. But us put together with others, can have an impact. Sometimes it is fast, sometimes 100’s of years, but change is moving forward and hopefully without hate. we have seen it, we have done something about it, and we will continue too. All humans have a right to live in a world that respects the individual. There is a balancing act between some areas of contention. But if that contention causes you to want to shove your view down someone’s proverbial _____ , thats the point of ÿou need to examine your “thoughts’ your heart”. To pick up a knife-gun-stone-good book-bible or anything else to “force your point, beat someone into ______”, is at the root of the problem.
    I can respect some of the points made, and some well taken views. There are a lot of great views based on a mixture of works-readings-actions, and those of you that don’t care for the Bible, Good Book, Quran etc. old or new, have your driving forces, try to take what you know is good, on a balancing scale application, and MOVE _____.
    Don’t take the Bible out of context, and that is very easy to do, or the words of men, also easy as history has shown.
    Lori, you said it, reflects a greater consciousness.
    I was a HS teacher- the best job one could have, a victim of violence in schools, of hate- in courtrooms, gun violence- being at an ATM at the wrong time. And I still believe in gun (#) ownership – but with a laundry list – common sense, I don’t personally believe in abortion- but believe a woman’s right to choose safely- she has to live within.
    Aggressive, tenacious, boisterous, spirited, people for the wrong reason, go away. Put that energy to good use.
    Let your words be your good actions.

    Peace, Brother David

  18. Lul Admasachew says:

    This topic is beyond political opposition. It therefore teaches many to develop such platforms ethically so that their efforts and analytical skills develop. I think that Federalism, Faith based Work and Tradition creates many leaders accomadating all.

  19. Lul Admasachew says:

    The democratic political agenda is good and citizens need to reflect it around the world. Such agenda can set a good example for those making effort to create peace, cooperation, return refugees and end a neo colonial tendency on foreign soil since these concepts intertwine. The global situation in Leadership, not only for government but also non governmental and private sector need to be weighed before making any comments and involving God. God will not present when valuation is biased nd there is measurment error sabotaging international standardaisation. God loves virtue. God presides in Truth.

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