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Former Texas governor and current Secretary of Energy Rick Perry is facing some backlash after he claimed that President Trump is God's "chosen one."

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has given Christians a little something extra to chew on this upcoming Thanksgiving.

The former Texas governor and presidential hopeful turned… self-styled theologian(?) appeared on Fox News this past weekend to let America know God himself was behind President Trump's installation in the Oval Office.

“I said, 'Mr. President, I know there are people that say you said you were the chosen one and I said, 'You were,’" Perry explained during the segment. "I said, 'If you're a believing Christian, you understand God's plan for the people who rule and judge over us on this planet in our government,’” he added.

Perry sought to reaffirm the core evangelical belief that the Lord involves himself in the "details of the day-to-day lives of government," even if His historical choices have frequently been far from perfect.

"King David wasn't perfect. Saul wasn't perfect. Solomon wasn't perfect. And I actually gave the President a little one-pager on those Old Testament kings about a month ago" Perry explained.

God’s Will in the White House

Could it really be that God picks political favorites? Perry is not the only administration official to make such claims.

Trump's former press secretary Sarah Sanders insists she saw God's hand in picking Trump, telling the Christian Broadcasting Network: "I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times, and I think he wanted Donald Trump to become president and that's why he's there."

As did Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was asked if his boss had "been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace.” His reply: "as a Christian, I certainly believe that's possible."

A Dangerous Path?

Critics were quick to jump on Perry’s comments, warning that it is neither wise nor prudent to deify political leaders. Former George W. Bush ethics chief Richard Painter slammed the comments as Trump “cult-of-personality nonsense,” while the Atlantic’s David Frum urged caution by referencing a historical example:

It’s worth noting that there is no shortage of hubris involved here. By Perry's own logic, Putin, Assad, and the Ayatollah could also be imperfect leaders chosen by God. Or does the big man only support American presidents?

Either way, there’s a huge distinction between the idea of leaning on one’s faith convictions to lead a nation of people, and the notion that a deity might reach down from the sky and select a single figure as a “chosen one” charged with doing their bidding. The former has produced some of history’s greatest leaders. The latter, some of its most notorious despots.

What do you think? Is this “chosen one” talk worrying at all, or are people just overreacting?

29 comments

  1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

    Donald Trump was elected by the people, not any fictional god.

    1. Minister Mike's Avatar Minister Mike

      I'm a people and I did not vote for him.

      1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

        No, you’re a person, unless you have a split personality. :)

    2. CB Cuff's Avatar CB Cuff

      I agree with you to a point Lionheart, that he was 'elected', but I'm sure you're aware of how elections are stick handled in the US. Trump as well as Bush #2 were purposefully put into office. What Rick Perry says in that interview, within the context, identifies him as not being suitable to hold public office. Those are the words of a delusional man.Something akin to Flat-Earthers. He may have graduated from high school but he clearly went to the wrong school of 'higher learning'.

      1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

        Yes I understand, but in reality, how much does "higher learning" really need to play a part in politics? All Presidents seem to have their strengths and weaknesses, as do we all. We have what are supposed to be "learned" politicians in California (a sanctuary state). They can't even get their own house in order, yet they vilify the leader of our nation, even when figures of unemployment, finances, illegal entry, are now being shown to be better than for many years.

      2. bob's Avatar bob

        'sea bee': Rick Perry was correct! Romans 13 clearly states authority is ordained of God. And in Proverbs 21:1 it is obvious God is in control of leadership. He has set up 'governments': starting in the home, then schools, cities, states all the way up to international leaders. Man's thoughts and ways are not up to God's. We don't understand. But, we can rest assured He is bringing about His plans to fruition.. . . . and His plans and ways are just, righteous and perfect.

  1. Kim Warrick Runkel's Avatar Kim Warrick Runkel

    I believe there is no such thing as coincidence. Those that think Trump was chosen by God have the right to believe so. They don't believe he's a messiah. They believe he's a man who can get the job done. In 2016 I myself was upset by the level of corruption in our government and wanted a president who didn't owe favors to anyone, and would do what was best for the citizens of America. A businessman, not a politician. He needed thick skin, confidence to know what was right, good business sense; I think Trump fit that description. "You will know them by their fruits." Look at all the good Trump has done for the country, not for only himself. Look at the good! Honestly, look for it. Just think how much more could be accomplished if congress would work with him, instead of against him. A lot of people are ruled by feelings and not reason. Feelings will get you into a lot of trouble- you will fall for a false prophet who is a wolf in sheep clothing. Instead, use reason. Follow this to find your way: listen to a politician- ask yourself if his goals are what's best for America as a WHOLE, then look at what he has ALREADY accomplished in his own district. "You will know them by their fruits."

  1. Ilmenheru Terikson's Avatar Ilmenheru Terikson

    Oh its very worrisome, and proves that it doesnt take a well spoken and cunning monster like Hitler or Stalin to captivate the ignorant masses. What is really funny is that most trumpists tend to see themselves as tough guys like their cult leader. However they have failed to keep in mind rule number one of the alpha beta relationship in nature. That is you dont act as a beta to someone that cant kill you in a one on one fight.

    Thats why this whole situation is beyond belief. No one with any sense of self respect or pride would ever recognize someone like Drumpf as any kind of leader let alone a representative of the society as a whole. Perhaps as an A Hole though.

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      I emphatically agree!

  1. Howard Pippin's Avatar Howard Pippin

    Rick is on to something, but the reason Trump was picked by God was so that he could declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and that full fills Bible prophecy that is sure to come. This particular item has been denied by all previous presidents. It isn't that God picks those that might be the most holy, with Throughout history, he has picked those that he needed to get his job done. If you don't agree don't read. Allan

    1. Minister Mike's Avatar Minister Mike

      News flash - 45 did NOT declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Israel did that.

      The fact has never been denied by any US President since Israel became a modern state. The US just moved it's consulate to Jerusalem.

      Those are the facts. IIf you don't agree don't read.

      1. Howard Pippin's Avatar Howard Pippin

        You are absolutely right, and yet the world did not recognize Jerusalem as the capital because every president before Pres. Trump reneged on his pledged to move the consulate to Jerusalem, so if you read Bible prophecy you will discover that this was prophesied and they will now have to recognize Jerusalem is the capital of Israel Whether they like it or not. Keeping the consulate at Tel Aviv was done to appease the Palestinians. Thank you

        1. Minister Mike's Avatar Minister Mike

          You are entitled to your opinion, and even to the right to voice it. But stop trying to pass opinion off as fact. 45 was not selected by god to do/be anything but a bad example of a human being. Starting to look as though you, too, have been selected.

          1. Howard Pippin's Avatar Howard Pippin

            You two Sir are entitled to your opinions that are based on hate. My comment is based on prophecy from the holy Bible. You sure you don't have to accept that. Hate is a much longer opinion driver.

            1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

              The modern word for prophet is schizophrenic. Don't forget to take your meds.

              1. Howard Pippin's Avatar Howard Pippin

                That Sir it is the secular world and that has nothing to do with the Bible. If you belong to that side then it will be hard to have a rational discussion about things that are written in prophecy. I have no problem if you're a disbeliever, you will pay for your sins the same way I'll pay for mine, if I don't get them forgiven.

  1. Ty Ford's Avatar Ty Ford

    God's chosen one? Like that woman from the TV commercial, "That's not how any of this works!!"

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    And Donald Trump is getting kicked out by "the people", especially the electorate college of people who have heard too much locker room banter, and have started realizing they made a terrible mistake. Maybe they forgot to pray about it, first.

    1. Howard Pippin's Avatar Howard Pippin

      Yes, anybody that does the work that God wants done is disdained by the world especially their own people. I did not say that trumpet was a man of God, I said he was an instrument used by God.

      1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

        I can see how God could be using him as an instrument to show us that we made a big mistake, but doubt that God involves himself with such things, except possibly to get a good laugh. Iether way, I've always got enough going on in my own life to not be concerned about what God's doing, or why.

  1. Clifford C Nelson's Avatar Clifford C Nelson

    May I suggest those interested, using the search engine of your choice, search for “Obama sent by god“. You will find this is not an unusual thing in politics.

  1. Paul Donaldson's Avatar Paul Donaldson

    Rick Perry was once for real but has become a fool hanging on to the coattails of another fool. Please help America' if there is a God out there. Preacher Pops.

  1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

    This impeachment farce will never get through the Senate. It will however cause Donald a Trump to be re-elected.

    1. CB Cuff's Avatar CB Cuff

      The people in most counties on the planet are hoping you are wrong, and that Trump will be sent packing. He and his right wing puppets have vandalized the American social fabric. Not to forget all the legal transgressions he's facing. Cheers LH

    2. Howard Pippin's Avatar Howard Pippin

      Mr. Lionheart. Because most of the time you ridicule the Holy Bible, which you are certainly entitled to do, ( this might be a minister's website, but you have the right to be a minister of nothing,) but I do believe the comment about getting Trump reelected, if they keep it up, is a very true statement. He's already done something that fits into God's plans, who knows, perhaps there's something else for him to do. I admit I was taken back when representative Nancy said that she didn't hate Trump. Things are getting much more interesting, and I do hope that it gets more so yet.

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    Why do you think he's planning to go to Russia in May, allegedly to celebrate some Russian holiday festival with his bud, Putin? It sounds like an escape escape hatch to me.

  1. woodardenterprises's Avatar woodardenterprises

    God always has His plan. If SOME believe, or choose to believe that trump was sent by God, in what context is that actually meant? Satan was in heaven until God kicked him out and made him the demon of hell. Satan is ABOUT evil. And God created "a home" for all people that don't recognize Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, and the Son of Man. And who do not confess such. It's for those who don't repent their sins. Who continue to sin without regard to others or their own eternal destiny. Liars. Money grabbers who put money and themselves above all else, to include God. If people who choose to believe trump was sent by God, and trump fits all of the above mentioned, it's possible God DID send trump, so that we can see what real evil is. Trump walks this earth with evil in his heart. God knows our heart. God hardened the Pharisees heart. He also parted the sea to ensure His people were safe from the evil and killing of them by the Pharisee and his Army. And then God drowned them all. So maybe, for GOD'S reason, trump could HAVE been "sent by God". But clearly, not for our sacred and Holy benefit, but for us to see and hear "living" evil, and then we can praise God for trumps destruction.

  1. Daniel J. Trebas's Avatar Daniel J. Trebas

    "Sent by God"? Makes me think of the verse somewhere in the book of Revelations about, "Were it possible they would fool the very elect". Yet it all makes me look to the heavens and say, "How long must we wait?"

  1. Howard Pippin's Avatar Howard Pippin

    I daresay that we are surrounded by liberals on this site, and that's fine. Who would there be to argue with if there were conservatives on here too. You Trump haters are lucky that we have him right now, I'd hate to think what it would look like if your side would've won. I'll surely say no more, this is not a political site as far as I know, but is a religious site, any religion you want. Amen

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