Michael Brown, a pro-Trump radio pundit, recently appeared on court evangelical Steven Strang‘s podcast and talked about the attempts to impeach Donald Trump . The title of the podcast is “Are Demonic Spirits Influencing the Trump Impeachment Process.” (I am not sure why Strang decided to frame his title in the form of a question because he and Brown clearly believe that this is the answer is “yes.”)
Here is Brown on the podcast:
When you look at the women who were literally scratching the doors of the Supreme Court building, and pounding the doors, it was like someone having a tantrum when they couldn’t get there way. It’s one thing to feel passionate about an issue, it’s another thing to behave in that way. I documented in [my book] Jezebel’s War With America…that you have to look at the forces that have come together from radical feminists to witches, even The New York Times saying we’ve reached “peak witch, asking when did everyone become a witch. These are the same ones who are “hexing” Donald Trump and hexing the patriarchy…there is more going on here….
Bottom line we have to recognize we are in an intense spiritual battle…for decades now there has been a real push to destroy the very fabric of our culture, to uproot any Christian heritage and roots that we have. It’s been very deep and very concerted. You can see the most major shift from the sixties and thereafter and we are now reaping the very, very bad fruit of it. So it’s going to come down to us getting really serious–believers who are searching their own hearts and their own lives. Am I revived? Have I lost my first love and left it? Have I become part of the problem? Am I compromised?…And then from there let’s be a positive influence on those around us. Let’s help ignite unite a passion fire in others. And as believers get awakened to live for God, for the Gospel, then they’ll get awakened on social issues, cultural issues [and] start to stand up for what’s right. But look, either we’re gonna be the generation that was known as the one that let the drag queens read to toddlers in libraries with the endorsement of the American Library Association, or we’ll be known as the generation that stood for what was right and recovered the foundations of the Gospel, and of family, and of morality here in America. It’s either or. We’re standing at a critical point in our history.
There are a lot of things that can be said about Brown’s thoughts. As an evangelical Christian, I too believe in the kind of spiritual revival Brown is talking about here. Brown seems to imply, in the context of this podcast on impeachment, that if only Christians would come alive spiritually they would see the light and naturally support the presidency of Donald Trump.
But what if the church needs to be revived for the purpose of opposing the sinful behavior that our current president represents? What if Christians need to be revived so that they can see that they have jumped into bed with this man and, as a result, are damaging the witness of the Gospel?
As an early American historian, I was particularly struck by Brown’s reference to passion-filled women “scratching” at the door of the Supreme Court building. Brown mentions “witches.” He talks about women having “tantrums.” Wow! Is it just me or does this sound a lot like the most important “spiritual battle” of 17th-century New England–the Salem Witch Trials?
Brown says “there is more going on here.” This suggests that the impeachment of Donald Trump is a spiritual battle–a battle against the devil and his minions. The same goes for his use of the word “forces” to describe the Democratic efforts to impeach the president.
I think it’s time to revisit a couple of good books on the Salem Witch Trials.
Elizabeth Reis, Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan New England
These books show that women were often thought to be easily susceptible to the wiles of the devil because of their “weaker” nature. Puritans believed that the devil possessed and inflicted women for the purpose of undermining the orderly Christian society they were trying to build in Massachusetts Bay. When the devil inflicted women in this way, the Puritans described the women behaving in a manner similar to how Brown describes anti-Trump women above.