Evangelical leader Franklin Graham never endorsed either presidential candidate, but he said that Donald Trump’s victory – which he termed “the biggest political upset of our lifetime” – suggested that 2016 might have been a year when divine intervention played a hand in determining the outcome.
“I could sense going across the country that God was going to do something this year,” Graham told The Washington Post. “And I believe that at this election, God showed up.”
Graham made similar comments on Facebook:
Did God show up? In watching the news after the election, the secular media kept asking “How did this happen?” “What went wrong?” “How did we miss this?” Some are in shock. Political pundits are stunned. Many thought the Trump/Pence ticket didn’t have a chance. None of them understand the God-factor.
Exit polls show that, despite all the talk, evangelical Christians came out in force for Trump. He won that piece of the electorate in a landslide, defeating Hillary Clinton 81-16. The man who many see as a strange choice to represent the values of Jesus Christ captured the imagination of Christian America in a way no Republican has in a long time.
For liberals, this is proof of religious hypocrisy. They’re mocking Trump’s voters like never before. Oh ho ho, you just voted for a thrice-married New York City blasphemer who thinks it’s pronounced “Two Corinthians.”
Here’s what they don’t get.
Evangelicals were never under any illusions about Donald Trump. They didn’t stick their heads in the sand, hoping that if they kept their eyes closed, they could believe that Trump was a man with deeply felt Christian beliefs. Contrary to what the mainstream media would have you believe, Christians aren’t dumb yokels.
They are, however, sick of losing. And they understood intuitively this year that it wasn’t going to do any good to nominate a Ted Cruz or a Mike Huckabee just to watch them get creamed in the general election. They saw in Trump a man who, despite making missteps that would have seemingly destroyed any other candidate, KEPT WINNING. A man who wasn’t afraid to come right out and say the things that other Republicans only hint at – or, worse, actively reject.
And then there’s the Supreme Court.
It would be fascinating to rerun this election without Antonin Scalia’s death. It might have made more of a difference than we realize. It put this election in stark, clear terms. A vote for Hillary Clinton was a vote for the first liberal-majority Supreme Court in decades. A vote for Trump was a vote to keep the court restrained with constitutionalists and, perhaps, even shore up a conservative majority for a generation.
Evangelical Christians knew what was really at stake in this election. The #NeverTrump crowd could learn a lot from their example.