Does the 'Cyrus prophecy' help explain evangelical support for Donald Trump?

"The Persian king might have been a pagan, but he still served God’s plans. For some Christians, Donald Trump does just that" The Guardian

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Aaron Blumer's picture


Pretty muddled reasoning there. Though God used Cyrus, He can and does use anyone He chooses. It doesn't work as an argument to nominate and elect a man like Trump vs. alternatives because if God can use the Trumps of the world, He can also use the Obamas, Clintons, Pelosis, etc. of the world. Useability/having a role in God's plan is not grounds for putting the stamp of approval on anyone. The devil himself is "used" in God's plan.

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TylerR's picture


The difference is, I doubt a Godly Israelite would vote for Cyrus to be the new king of Israel . . .

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and works in State government. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Andrew K's picture

The variant I heard of this--from an older woman in church, no less--included an affirmation that to not support Trump/Cyrus would be, by implication, to oppose God and His plans. Sad I hope I simply misunderstood her...