I found this when I was searching for an image of Cyrus the Great to add to a Miley Cyrus quote for the Spurious Quote Spoof.
A big theme among Walsh’s pro-Trump followers is that God can use ungodly men to serve God’s purposes, and that they believe that God has raised up Donald Trump for such a time as this. They believe that Trump has been anointed by God — that he is a modern-day Cyrus the Great of Persia.
Cyrus is remembered, and praised, in many places in the Hebrew Scriptures because he was the foreign king who restored the people of Israel from the exile. (See, for example, Isaiah 45, or the opening chapters of the book about that Trump-like rat-bastard Ezra.)
And that is what these white Christians are looking for — for some all-powerful figure to end their exile. Because they imagine they are in exile — that they have been taken out of their land and had their nation taken away from them.
Maybe Christians are losing their privileged spot in society for a reason. Maybe we are being returned to our natural state as outsiders. Maybe, we are being returned to the way things were during ante-Nicene Christianity.
Early Christians lived under anti-Christian policies in the Roman Empire. They lived among pagan populations. They were made to pay for their faith for their refusal to honour the pagan gods.
It’s easy to be a Christian when being a Christian means automatic social inclusion, standing and privileges. Faith is put to the test when there is a price to pay.
That seems more realistic than Donald Trump is going to lead Christians to the Rapture.
Just a thought.