I’m not actually convinced this writer is correct, but I’m willing to hear him out.
From PJ Media and Quin Hillier: (Read the whole thing. I jumped to the middle.)
The Danger to Faith From the Cult of Trump
The argument, such as it is, is that “things are bad; Trump is powerful and successful; therefore Trump will make it right,” even it it means doing one thing at morning and the other at evening while stomping on people both ways.
Again, this is putting faith, for a sort of salvation, in the whims of an all-powerful leader, rather than in the patient and cooperative work of many people striving in common use of human reason and human will. We would make of Trump a mega-prince and place our trust in him — and, as the saying goes, may the devil take the hindmost.
What does this have to do with faith? Everything. This is misplaced faith and misguided obeisance.
In the fact of such misbegotten uber-iddishness, the Psalm tells us this:
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God,
who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free;
the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
Donald Trump did not die for your sins, and he can’t offer everlasting life. On the other hand, are there parts of the Trump experience which resemble a cult? Don’t a lot of political campaigns seem like personality cults? Is this damaging to our faith?