During monologues and interviews for his 700 Club, Pat Robertson has made several allusions to Donald Trump’s divinity; two of them have bothered me more than I thought they would. First, he claimed to have had a vision in the form of a dream in which he saw Trump sitting at the right hand of God.
“God came to me in a dream last night and showed me the future. He took me to heaven and I saw President Trump seated at the right hand of our Lord.”
Nova Magazine, October 6, 2017
Second he compared the popular disagreement with Trump’s rhetoric to the persecution experience by the biblical Jesus.
“Jesus had his words distorted,” Robertson said. “It’s the same sort of thing that has been going on for 2,000 years.”
The 700 Club, June 5, 2018
There are too many problems with statements like these to cover here, not the least important of which is Robertson’s position as a social “influencer” and community leader, who can impact voting decisions based on irrational ideas. One can be forgiven for wondering if he (Robertson) works for the current administration. After all he can grant us salvation for a small donation of $25.95 U. S.D. to the popular Club. Further, the misrepresentation of religious imagery is damaging to the beneficial parts of Christian doctrine and its devotees. Jesus, in his best moods was a reformer; someone who wanted to change outdated social norms for the benefit of the people… Donald, as I see it, wants to bring back old, archaic norms for the benefit of a “higher” class. Is this what we all want Christians to embrace as their saviour’s message?
Personally, I’m not a believer; I am however deeply interested in religious experience and how it shapes the way people see the world. It goes without saying, then, that even from my agnostic perspective I am on the side of Jesus (even if only philosophically) and truly think he’d be offended by the invidious comparison of his character to that of Donald Trump’s.