Is This the Real Reason Trump Lost?

Posted on October 8, 2021

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By David Ettinger

Don’t Trust Man
This is neither a political piece nor a hit piece. Rather, seeing how I am a Bible teacher, this is a personal-opinion piece based on biblical truth and my personal observations.

Let me say up front that I voted for Donald Trump and thought he was a good president. However, from a Christian perspective, I never glossed over his unbiblical behavior. Also, I have no reason to believe Mr. Trump is saved, that he repented of his sins and gave his life to Jesus Christ. And this despite the many fine Christian influences who surrounded him.

Though I liked him as president, I never elevated him to icon status, as one who could do no wrong, as did many evangelicals. We are not to put our faith in men. Isaiah 2:22 tells us: “Stop trusting in a man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?” And Psalm 146:3 reminds us: “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.”

With this groundwork, let’s look at possibly the real reason Donald Trump is no longer president of the United States.

The Story of Manasseh
Of all ancient Israel’s kings, none were worse than Manasseh. Others were as evil as him, but his reign of 55 years (2 Chronicles 33:1) gave him an abundance of time in which to spread his wickedness to every part of the land.

We read in verses 9-11:

But Manasseh led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the LORD had destroyed before the Israelites. The LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention. So the LORD brought against them the army commanders of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon.

But then, while Manasseh languished in a prison cell, something amazing happened:

In his distress he sought the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. And when he prayed to him, the LORD was moved by his entreaty and … brought him back to Jerusalem (vv. 12-13).

The key is that Manasseh – as wicked as he had been – “humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.” His humility moved the heart of God.

After Manasseh died, his son Amon succeeded him. However, he “did evil in the eyes of the LORD” (v. 22), but “unlike his father Manasseh, he did not humble himself before the LORD …” (v. 23). As a result the Lord allowed Amon to be assassinated (v. 24).

The point? Manasseh humbled himself before God and thrived; Amon did not and was killed.

No Humility
This is why I believe Donald Trump is no longer president of the United States. He is a man who knows no humility.

Though he did good things as president, Mr. Trump did so brazenly, arrogantly, and with self-exultation. Yes, he was considerate of religious sensitivities and was an ally to people of faith, and for this he deserves credit. But as an ally to people of faith, Mr. Trump came into contact with many of them – John MacArthur included – and had quite a few of them lay their hands on him in prayer.

Yet, this did not curb his bellicose demeanor and the name-calling and insults which resulted from it. Nor did it halt his use of coarse language in his speeches. This did not diminish his boasting and gloating. And even after he lost the presidency, he has still not changed his ways, as we have witnessed in his recent speeches. Not even losing a national election has humbled him!

Donald Trump is not a humble man, and this is a shame. He has much going for him. But the truth is that God requires humility. Ephesians 4:2 says: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Proverbs 11:2 reads: “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” And James 4:10 tells us: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

I don’t believe Donald Trump ever humbled himself before the Lord, and therefore – far from being lifted up – he was brought low; in his case, being voted out of office.

Mr. Trump appears to be planning a 2024 presidential run. If he does so with his usual bravado, I don’t believe the Lord will allow him to win. However, if he resolves to humble himself before God and bow his knee to Him, perhaps the Lord will lift him up.

It is my desire that Donald Trump humble himself before God, and confess Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior. May the Lord move his heart to do so!