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To know Donald Trump’s faith is to understand his politics

Posted on February 7th, 2018 at 19:15 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment

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Start with his inauguration ceremony. Pastor Paula White was one of the clergy nominated to pray for Trump on the day. A televangelist and exponent of the”health, wealth and prosperity” movement, she preaches the “prosperity gospel”, an unorthodox approach to Christianity that says God wants people to be rich, and that he makes them wealthy as a sign of his blessing. So the richer you are, the more obvious it is that God loves you, and the stronger your faith is.

White teaches that God rewards “faithful” people who invest in His promised providence. You invest by making deposits – faith, prayers and gifts of money – to God (the church, naturally, is the “steward” of your financial gifts). So if you want to be healthy and wealthy, all you need to do is give, and then believe, and all your heart’s desires will be realised. The more you invest, the greater the likely rewards.

We need our leaders to be social visionaries, political realists and exemplars of virtue and integrity. Trump, as we know, is wanting in each and every one of these departments. Over the next few years of Trump’s presidency, ennui and disenchantment will set in among hardcore supporters. They will eventually become the faithless followers. Too many investors will want a return. And when there are no new gullible recruits, Ponzi schemes, even political ones, unravel.

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