For some time now, God has given me dreams about what America might look like with Donald Trump as our president. In a previous message, I wrote about how God wants to lavishly bless our nation under his administration. In another message, I wrote about how Trump would expose corruption. Today I’d like to share a third dream that reveals more of what America could look like under our president-elect and how he might deal with bigotry and hatred.
It’s been reported that Trump is a misogynist, a racist, and a bully. You may have heard these charges and you might be concerned that they’re true. If they are, you’d be right to wonder if a Trump administration would make bigotry and hatred acceptable.
The dreams my friends and I have had about Trump have revealed things about him you would never guess to be true. They stand in stark contrast to how he is perceived by just about everyone—the media, his supporters, and even his friends and family.
On November 8th, the morning of the election, I woke from another dream about Trump.
In the dream, I was an observer. I didn’t see Trump. Rather, I became aware of how he dealt with attitudes of racism, misogyny, bigotry, and hatred.
Trump confronted people who had hateful attitudes and let them know in very clear terms that this kind of behavior was no longer acceptable. He wasn’t oppressive or threatening. Without infringing on personal liberties like free speech, he let people know that hatred and bigotry would not be tolerated on his watch.
Trump might seem like the last person on earth who would oppose bigotry and hatred. It’s the one thing he’s been accused of more than anything else. Campaign rhetoric (from both sides) tends to be a lot of hype with little substance. Candidates portray themselves in the best possible light while putting their opponent in the worst possible light. On the campaign trail, very sin and accusation—whether true or not—is brought out. This gives us distorted views of the candidates.
President Obama has been hailed as a strong and effective opponent of bigotry and hatred. He’s spoken on these issues often. His words may have been intended to heal our nation of these ills, but the fruit produced by our words isn’t always consistent with our intentions. The way in which we speak can cause the opposite reaction of the one we intend. It seems like the more President Obama speaks about bigotry and hatred, the more those problems intensify. Judging by human standards, if anyone should have been able to decrease race and gender oppression it would have been President Obama. And yet, we see little evidence of that.
Does Trump have hidden beneath his blustery, brash exterior the potential to defuse race and gender discrimination?
God sees us differently than we see ourselves. He sees the potential in us that we don’t. He sees the way we can impact society. He sees our uniqueness. Our greatness. He sees them and He reveals them in the hope that we’ll live in a way that makes them not just potentials, but realities.
The media and Trump’s opponents have portrayed him as a racist and a bigot. But God has revealed a different picture. He’s showing us the positive side of Trump. The gold. The potential. The things that deep, down inside, we all hope are true. Even if we think them unlikely.
God has done His part. He’s revealed what’s possible under a Trump administration. Our job is to pray that the president-elect would be conformed to the Master’s plan. That he would, in the next four years, be consumed with compassion, fairness, and justice. That he would be a weapon used by God to eradicate bigotry and hatred.
Therefore, first of all I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made on behalf of all people— for kings and all who are in authority—so we may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and respectfulness. (1 Tim 2:1-2)