Something interesting happened at the inauguration yesterday.
It had to do with those asked to pray including Paula White – a female televangelist who told once taught her congregation that being poor was a punishment by God and Bishop Wanye T Jackson – another televangelist who teaches God wants you healthy and wealthy.
I honestly understand how Trump selected them. As am entrepreneur it makes sense that he would be attracted to religious leaders who show that his success was God’s blessing.
Here’s what stood out the most:
Franklin Graham, son of the legendary Billy Graham, said “Rain is a sign of God’s blessing. And it started to rain, Mr. President, when you came to the platform.”
As stated on late night television “How do you think Noah would feel about that comment?”
Or how would Frank respond to the Scriptures that say “For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”?
Until now we understood that there was a movement of people who believed in the prosperity gospel (the idea that God wants us all to be healthy and wealthy) but things like this legitimize it in the eyes of the country.
Let me be clear and repeat something I’ve said hundreds of times over the last decade: THERE IS NO PROMISE OF HEALTH AND WEALTH FROM GOD.
You cannot manipulate God to bless you.
You cannot leave the Divine Creator with no choice but to give you the things you want.
We live in a time where facts matter less and less and what we feel to be right is what’s actually true. We are good with denying facts simply because we don’t want them to be true. There’s a word for this now: post-facts. It honestly gives me the creeps.
The reason this bothers me so much is that this post-fact thinking and the prosperity gospel are dangerous to people wanting to meet their Creator and Savior.
Imagine that your belief in God is strictly tied to your financial, relational success and health.
Then you lose your job.
Your marriage crumbles.
You get a call from your doctor that they need to see you right away.
This then becomes an assault on your beliefs. You didn’t love God or do enough and so God is punishing you. Everything you were taught has failed you.
Instead, the Scriptures teach (as Franky G. missed) that we live in a fallen world and bad things happen to everyone.
Sure, sometimes bad things are a result of self-inflicted wounds but that’s not always the case.
The rain falls on everyone.
We are sure to be flooded with more of this talk but please, be on your guard. I don’t want people to believe that this nonsense is what God revealed to us through Jesus.
If the prosperity gospel were true then why did all those who walked with him die for their belief he was the Christ?