I am not alone.
Evangelicals use the King David defense in regards to Their President. I will rub my neighbors face in this – til kingdom come! Alleybelle will be attached to this – til hell freezes over! This blog predicted the Coming of Trump!
The bad jokes about Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump have started: “There’s a storm a-brewin’.” Evangelicals, who voted for Trump at around 80 percent, face their own storm and continue to stand by their candidate despite the recent growing allegations that Trump had an extramarital relationship with the pornographic film star. Trump has largely been silent on the issue despite proclaiming his innocence in the Russian election meddling investigation on Twitter. To add fuel to the fire, Daniels (her real name is Stephanie Clifford) passed a lie detector test regarding her sexual relationship with Trump. A recent poll revealed that 40 percent of Evangelicals believe the stories about Trump’s infidelities. The share of Evangelicals who believe Trump’s claim is fake news? Only slightly less: 36 percent.
This Trump saga has proved to be embarrassing among Evangelicals. Evangelicals, who once were the “Moral Majority,” proclaimed themselves to be the ethical and moral conscience of America, citing their advocacy of sexual purity, anti-abortion, and traditional views of marriage. These values and more have not been values that their presidential candidate has displayed or supported in his past. Rather than calling out Trump on his behavior, religious conservatives like Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, have doubled down on their support for Trump. Perkins stated that he gives Trump “a mulligan” for his sexual misdeeds. This is a damning admission because it reveals that this leader of the powerful Evangelical group considers the allegations regarding Trump’s relationship with Daniels to be true. Other Evangelical leaders, like Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., once said that in Trump Evangelicals “found their dream president.”
Emerging out Trump’s sex scandal is a defense that Evangelicals have used, which I call, “The King David Defense.” Conservative commentator Sean Hannity made this defense famous when he defended Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign when the Access Hollywood tape revealed that Trump talked about grabbing women by their genitals. Hannity boldly stated in reference to Trump and his tendency towards lewd behavior, “King David had 500 concubines, for crying out loud.” (David had seven wives but the number of concubines is not recorded in the Bible.)
|The Trump Prophecy: A Voice of Hope; A Movement of Prayer|
The Trump Prophecy film poster
|Directed by||Stephan Schultze|
|Music by||Elliott McGrath|
|Edited by||Kevin Harris|
|Distributed by||Fathom Events|
|October 2, 2018|
The Trump Prophecy: A Voice of Hope; A Movement of Prayer is a 2018 Christian political drama biopic based on a story by Orlando-based retired firefighter Mark Taylor that he named “The Commander-in-Chief Prophecy.” It is a collaboration between ReelWorksStudios and Liberty University‘s Cinematic Arts program; and is the school’s second involvement in a theatrically-released motion picture after another Christian film, Extraordinary (2017). ReelWorksStudios is owned by Rick Eldridge, who produced the film, and the school’s Cinematic Arts department is handled by Stephen Schultze, the film’s director.
The film stars Chris Nelson as Taylor, who suffers from PTSD after an house fire that kills a young boy (Landon Starns). In April 2011, after a prayer from his wife (Karen Boles), he is told by God that Donald Trump would one day become president of the United States. By the time near the 2016 election, Mary Colbert (Paulette Todd) learns about the message and starts a national prayer chain to make God’s wish of Trump becoming president come true. The talents of Don Brooks, Michael Johnson, Darrell Nelson, and Paul Stober are also featured.
There are two parts of The Trump Prophecy: the narrative part about Taylor’s experiences that makes up around three quarters of the film, and an interview segment with well-known speakers in the evangelical and conservative circle of the United States.
Described by Vox as a depiction of Christian nationalism in the United States, The Trump Prophecy was released in a time when the idea that God was responsible for Trump winning the election was shared by several evangelical leaders like Franklin Graham, Richard Land, and Robert Jeffress. It was screened in theaters only on the days of October 2 and October 4, 2018, landing at number 22 on the weekly American box office chart with $671,198 grossed. While making less than its $2 million budget, the film was considered a commercial success by Eldridge and well-received by audiences. However, the film garnered negative reviews from professional critics.
The Trump Prophecy‘s producers denied any political motive behind the film. Nevertheless, it was viewed by some Christian experts, film critics, and Liberty University students as political propaganda. Facebook blocked ads for the film for being political, and a Liberty University student started an online petition trying to stop the film that was signed by more than 2,000 people.
In 2005, Mark Taylor (Chris Nelson), an American Christian firefighter married to a fire dispatcher named Mary Jo (Karen Boles), carries a dead young boy (Landon Starns) out of a crackhouse fire. He has had fever dreams relating to the incident since then, which prompts his doctor (Todd McLaren) to diagnose him as having post-traumatic stress disorder. However, he is not taking his prescribed medication and retires his position as firefighter.
Taylor spends the next six years descending into his PTSD-infused situation, facing hypersomnia and nightmares about being taken hostage by a fire demon from hell (Darrell Nelson) while watching television to numb the illness. Mary Jo notices these episodes and prays to God to help his husband; the prayer works, as Mark dreams about a glowing orb (God) that explodes electrical energy onto him. While hearing Donald Trump on television news, Taylor receives a message from God, which he writes down in a journal, informing him, “You’re hearing the voice of president [sic].” By the time the 2012 election comes around, Taylor hopes God’s wish will be fulfilled. However, Trump doesn’t make it as a nominee and Barack Obama wins instead.
Taylor continues journaling accounts of his dreams and hearings from God up until the start of the 2016 United States presidential election, when he shares his writings with his doctor, Don Colbert (Don Brooks) and his wife, Mary Colbert (Paulette Todd). Mary notices a “rhythm of truth” when reading them and builds up a national prayer chain so that Trump will be president and, in turn, Taylor will be relieved of his disorder. She obtains participants by calling others via phone and instructs them to use a Shofar in order to increase the chances of Trump winning the election.
Despite several news reports of the unlikelihood of Trump being elected, the miracle occurs as he wins, leaving Mark and Mary Taylor happy and relieved. Worldwide coverage of Mary Colbert’s shofar group influences Israelis to start their own group of people blowing the horn. The Trump Prophecy ends with interviews of “a panel of world leaders,” those being notable conservatives and evangelicals, answering political questions.