Michelle Bachmann on Trump: “I have never seen a more biblical president”

a8d74-michele-bachmann-shrug_s1Court evangelical Bachmann does not define what she means by a “biblical president, but I think it has something to do with Israel.  She adds, “He is highly biblical and we will in all likelihood never see a more godly, biblical president again in our lifetime.”

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10 thoughts on “Michelle Bachmann on Trump: “I have never seen a more biblical president”

  1. Jesus spoke with people who thought their genetic connection with Abraham merited special regard. Didn’t Jesus say He could raise up children of Abraham from stones?
    If you poll Jews in Israel today most don’t put faith in the God of the Torah or what we call the Old Testament.

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  2. “He has so impressed me in what he has done, and we haven’t even talked about Israel. What he has done to advance Israel.” – Michelle

    What is the importance of “advancing” Israel according to Bachmann and her fellow conservative Evangelicals? It’s, after all, a liberal democratic non-Christian state. They don’t seem to care if Trump jettisons every other ally in the world. And what is Israel “advancing” toward?

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    • Jim, a partial answer: Evangelicals/fundamentalists who are staunchly and forcefully pro-Israel (and I mean by that term something far far stronger than the sense in which many people in America regard Israel as a democratic ally in a troubled region and worth supporting) typically do so out of a particular view and interpretation of end-times theology. In that view, in the end times, God’s focus turns back towards Israel as the “church age” comes to a close. In that view, Israel’s reestablishment as a theocratic state, often anticipated as including worship and sacrifices at a restored Temple, is a precursor to Christ’s return. In that view, in the end times the nations of the earth will militarily ally against Israel before God brings about His wrath and judgment upon them.

      There are several beliefs and positions this view usually entails. First, it holds that the modern state of Israel must be absolutely and unconditionally supported in whatever it does or wants to do, To stand against or disagree with Israel in any way is to stand against God Himself and ensure God’s wrath and judgment. (Yes, this sounds very much like the argument being made by those who believe that Trump is God’s divinely appointed Cyrus sent to accomplish God’s objectives, and to criticize or oppose Trump is to oppose God.). Second, it holds that Israel should expand and restore its sovereign borders to those previously laid out in the Old Testament by divine fiat, and we should support the nation in that. Third, it is often held that Jesus is actually being hindered from His return until these things are accomplished, so by not helping Israel to accomplish these things, we are actually actively preventing Jesus’ second coming.

      There are any number of variations on these end-times views, but this gives a flavor of how it is typically structured.

      I am quite familiar with this view, as it was one held by the pastor in our previous church. He was emphatic that America essentially owed Israel a blank check to do whatever it wanted, and that unconditional American support of the modern nation of Israel and all its policies and decisions was essential for America to remain in its place as God’s specially-blessed nation.

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      • I really appreciate this straight forward reply. I find End Time theology(ies) confusing and, until recently, not a threat. However, it’s hard to know how far the current White House occupant-in-chief and his staff, cabinet and department heads will go to help “advance” Israel toward this vision….or goal.

        Overall, it sounds like the destruction of the modern state of Israel but what of Israeli citizens and others living in these territories? And I’m thinking specifically of those that have not accepted Christ as their savior. I’ve heard various scenarios, or at least snippets, and it sounds like somewhere along the line there’s lots of death and wrath and accelerated eternal damnation and torment.

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          • Yeah, Jim, the end of the world has a way of messing up individual countries.

            Here’s the thing, though: it’s an old book written in a particular genre that has nothing to do with the future. We are taught today that Revelation was some unique book written by a Christian prophet. The fact is that it was a common enough style to be a genre, and most likely the book started as a purely Jewish apocalypse written in the mid-first century that made no mention of Jesus. Decades later a Christian edited the parts about Jesus into the book.

            It was rejected for a long time as a part of the Christian canon until the late fourth century.

            Anybody who has ever made a prediction about the future based on the book has been wrong. And there have been many. So don’t stress too much about it. 🙂

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            • Paul,

              Why do you think it is significant that the Book of Revelation was not a part of the canon “…until the late fourth century”. The entire canon of twenty-seven books was not fixed or officially ratified by Church until The Council of Carthage in 397A.D. Jerome’s Vulgate subsequently put the decree of Carthage into practice.

              James

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          • Well, all of this is supposed to usher in (depending on your particular view of rapture, tribulation, millennial kingdom, etc., there are a lot of scenarios, each with strongly convinced adherents) the tribulation, the great tribulation, the millennial kingdom, or the new heaven and earth. So believers in some of these end times scenarios aren’t even so much concerned about what happens, as it is bringing in the end times when things are going to change in any case (and a lot of them assume they will be raptured out before any of the really bad stuff happens, so they believe they have have no risk of going through these terrible calamities).

            Which makes it interesting when you have politicians who adhere to some of these scenarios while making policy. I remember years ago (decades, actually) having discussions in Bible studies where we actually pondered how such believers in positions of political authority might legislate on the basis of those beliefs, and whether that is a good thing. We discussed questions like the very subject we are discussing here, whether such a believer would be beholden to loyalty to Israel rather than to his own country. Nowadays, you also see this reflected, for example, in those who don’t either deny or affirm climate change, but simply say it is irrelevant since the heavens and earth are going to be done away with anyway, and soon.

            To me, it is a concern with some (not all) Christians in policy-setting political offices. For example, we are to live in the expectation of the imminent return of Christ (imminent in the sense of “could happen at any time,” not necessarily that it is going to happen right now). Might a Christian be tempted to take short-sighted actions on the thinking that, what does it matter, we are in the last days and this world is soon passing away anyway?

            A lot of these folks are very thoroughly convinced that their particular understanding/interpretation of future events is the only Real(tm) Biblical(tm) view, and proceed on that basis. But just a glance around at the wide variety of views that various Christians sincerely hold on these things should give one pause. Especially when these things are deliberately presented in the Bible in apocalyptic visions with a lot of imagery and symbolism, more poetry than prose, rather than in a handy easy direct timeline chart. These things are intentionally shrouded in mystery! And it should also give pause to consider that faithful Christians for the past two thousand years were all sincerely convinced that they were living in “the last days,” and making policy on the conviction that we have only a matter of years left could be incredibly short-sighted.

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            • Dave H.

              I am sure you realize that not all Christians hold to the same eschatological view. Mrs. Bachmann’s position appears to line up with the teachings at your former church, but she does not speak for all believers. There are others who support Israel simply because they are “God’s Ancient People” and not because they will play a part nationally in Christ’s return. There are probably others who simply favor Israel because they are democratic and Western in their cultural orientation.

              Getting back to the Michelle Bachman position and your concern about Christians taking “short-sighted actions” in light of Christ’s imminent return, St.Paul addressed that in II Thessalonians 3 and generally in both Thessalonian letters.
              James

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