Christians just don’t know what to do with Donald Trump. On one hand, he takes conservative positions on issues like abortion, national defense, and national debt. On the other hand, he has said and done things that are anything but “Christian.” But there is a figure in Scripture that may give Christians comfort. There was a man God used in a powerful way – and he may be the perfect Biblical example of modern-day Donald Trump.
His name was Cyrus, and he was a pagan king. He had none of the personal character traits faithful Jews would look for in a national leader. And yet, God used him in amazing and profound ways.
Cyrus was king of Persia from 559 to 539 B.C., when his people conquered Babylon. God said, “He is my shepherd, and he shall fulfill my purpose” (Isaiah 44:28).
In other words, Cyrus would be the one who would cause Jerusalem to be rebuilt after it had been destroyed decades earlier by the Babylonians. Cyrus was a non-Jewish king. Yet he is called God’s anointed (Isaiah 45:4). He was set aside by God to bless his people, though he himself wasn’t really one of them. Cyrus was used by a God whom he did not personally know. In fact, as a Persian, he worshiped different deities in the form of idols.
Yet, the Israelites made a pact with Cyrus. In return, he encouraged the Jewish people to return to their homeland and rebuild their temple; he even helped finance their cause.
The dilemma for modern Christians is that they like Trump’s position, but not the person. Perhaps they can find comfort in the life of Cyrus.
Could Donald Trump be the modern day Cyrus? Could it be that Trump, like Cyrus, clearly does not know the Lord in a real and personal way, but could still be used by God to accomplish his purposes?
Cyrus was raised up by God to restore the Jewish people from captivity and to rebuild Jerusalem. Is Donald Trump the Cyrus of 2016?
I don’t know. But I do know this – if God could speak through a donkey (Numbers 22:28), it only makes sense that God can speak through . . . [pick your candidate].
So yes, if God could use Cyrus in 559 B.C., he can use Trump in 2016 A.D.