Several of you have asked me about this.
Ralph Drollinger, a former UCLA basketball player, is running a Bible study with the members of Trump’s cabinet. Drollinger played for John Wooden and had a brief cup of coffee in the NBA. He was also on the court when Pete Maravich died playing pick-up basketball with evangelical culture-warrior James Dobson. Drollinger graduated from the Masters Seminary, the theological school founded by evangelical megachurch pastor and author John MacArthur. The Bible-study leader is the author of Rebuilding America: The Biblical Blueprint.
According to the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN) report that I linked to above, regular attendees at the Bible study include Tom Price, Rick Perry, Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions, Sunny Perdue, and Mike Pompeo. Mike Pence attends when he is able.
I am thrilled to hear this. As a Christian myself, it is hard to argue with such prominent men and women studying the Bible. It reminds me of a book someone recently gave me: The Presidential’s Devotional. It includes the daily words of scripture and Christian meditations Barack Obama received from his faith adviser Joshua DuBois.
In the CBN piece, Drollinger reserves much praise for Sessions. He says that the Attorney General will often “go out the same day I teach him something and I’ll see him do it on camera….” Let’s hope Sessions is also learning something about compassion–especially for immigrants. Let’s hope he is learning that all men and women are created in the image of God and have inherent dignity and worth–even Muslims. Let’s hope he is learning something about racial reconciliation.
Drollinger compares Mike Pence to biblical figures such as Joseph and Daniel. If I remember correctly, Joseph and Daniel refused to bend a knee to immorality, lies, and idolatry. Since when did standing faithfully alongside a guy like Trump represent “uncompromising biblical tenacity?”
Drollinger says that Pence “dresses right–like it says Joseph cleaned himself up before he went to stand before Pharaoh.” I’m not sure what the deeper meaning is here, but I am intrigued by the comparison between Trump and Pharaoh. 🙂
Drollinger compares Trump to the “strongman” Sampson. Is it a reference to Trump’s hair? We all know about Sampson’s weakness. And yes, Trump is indeed a strongman. He protects the court evangelicals and other evangelicals who are fearful of Muslims, immigrants, the loss of “religious liberty,” and LGBT people.
I hope the Bible study continues, though I am not sure Drollinger is the right guy to lead it.
Wasn’t it Karl Barth who said that when people read the Bible the Holy Spirit illuminates it and the text becomes the Word of God, convicting men and women of sin and leading them to righteous living?
Come Holy Spirit!