I’ve been mulling this over for some time now. I was reading about King Saul in 1 Samuel and found several points of comparison between Israel’s first king and America’s 45th president.
1). King Saul was head and shoulders above everyone else: 1 Samuel 9:2 reads, “And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.” Before you think I’ve gone crazy or I need my eyes checked, I know President Trump is not known for his stunning good looks. He has, however, distinguished himself among Americans. He is the most celebrated billionaire in the world and even before he became president, almost everyone recognized Donald Trump. King Saul, likewise was distinguished among all the Israelites. He may not have hosted his own game show, but the text reads as though Saul was already a popular Israelite.
2). The Israelites demanded a king instead of trusting God: Ww read in 1 Samuel 8:4, “Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, ‘Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.’ “. The Israelites were to be a people set apart for the glory of God. We may not be Israelites, but we are children of God, set apart for His glory. We are not to desire what the world desires. Did we, in our desire to have a conservative Christian president, desire what the world desires? Did we desire a conservative Christian president to rule over us over and above God’s rule?
3). The Israelites desire for a king was an outright rejection of God’s authority: God is clear in 1 Samuel 8:7 when He tells Samuel, “For they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.” Have our fears concerning the direction of our country caused us to settle for President Trump’s authority over God’s?
4). King Saul did not follow God: He may have had his moments, but King Saul’s life and reign do not demonstrate a commitment to Yahweh, and despite assurances from some popular religious leaders, President Trump’s commitments seem to mirror those of King Saul. When the chips were down, King Saul consistently showed a commitment to himself as his first priority. I have no doubt that President Trump will show America that he is committed to himself above everything else. He will have his moments, but when history has been written, Americans will see that President Trump does what is good for President Trump before what’s good for America. I hope I’m wrong in this, but the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, most of which, in President Trump’s case, the Christian community has blithely chosen to ignore.
5). King Saul divided the country: King Saul’s actions toward David caused some to support David and some to support Saul. President Trump has sown division in our country, not to mention the division he has caused within his own party. His candidacy and subsequent election have even caused a rift among Southern Baptists.
6). King Saul’s actions became increasingly bizarre: Time can only tell if President Trump emulates King Saul in this characteristic. I hope he does not because, unlike the Israelites, Americans are not God’s chosen people whom He consistently protected throughout the ages.
Do I pray for the best for our president and his administration? Yes, I pray he will follow God. Did God provide a king after His own heart after king Saul? Yes He did. Will He provide the same type of leader for America after President Trump? We can always spend the next four years praying for such an outcome.
What do you guys think of this comparison? Am I totally off base? Am I being too hard on President Trump?