Was Donald Trump Chosen To Be a ‘Last Days’ Catalyst in the Unfolding Story of the World?


The pursuit of this crazy question, through this lens: Christianity is the story we are in, sent us down all kinds of unexpected trails as we chased after these speculative possibilities.

But the idea that your God selected Donald as a ‘last days’ catalyst for the world is not so far fetched, don’t you think?


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For if your God selected Donald Trump to bring an end to America’s story, and if these are indeed the ‘last days’ as so many Christians believe, then why wouldn’t Donald Trump become a unique catalyst in the world events that wind down the world as we know it? 

So, here again we arrived at yet another epiphany, an epiphany that began for us with this explanation of Malcolm Gladwell finding his way forward as he wrote his famous book…


He needed to find a simple way for readers to understand how small linear cause and effect changes lead to a dramatic moment that exponentially and explosively transitions into a big event.

Simply put, he needed to come up with a global analogy for his Big Idea. And his Big Idea is explaining how the intricately connected modern world changes. It takes our two familiar human notions of how things change…linearity and magical thinking…and makes rational sense of them.

He puts forth that it is possible that our rich experiential notions about change can be explained as components of a larger global change theory. And the critical piece of that theory is the Tipping Point.

The Tipping Point on One Piece of Paper, by Shawn Coyne

So, we know it sounds crazy, but what if the role the Donald was chosen to play is far greater than we suspect?

What if he was chosen by your God to bring about massive change in the story of the world?

So, Paula Wong then showed this to us, and helped us begin to wonder if the story of America may actually end up playing an important role in the story of the world…


“When I meet God,” wrote Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009), “I expect to meet him as an American. Not most importantly as an American, to be sure, but as someone who tried to take seriously, and tried to get others to take seriously, the story of America within the story of the world.”

This statement is from American Babylon, Neuhaus’ last book, which came out the year after his death. The book’s argument was that God is not indifferent toward the American experiment, and therefore we who are called to think about God and his ways through time dare not be indifferent to the American experiment. America is not uniquely Babylon, but it is our time and our place in Babylon. We seek its peace, in which, as Jeremiah said, we find our peace, as we yearn for and anticipate by faith and sacramental grace the New Jerusalem that is our pilgrim goal. It is time to think again—to think deeply, to think religiously—about the story of America within the story of the world.

Meeting God as an American, by DAVID PAUL DEAVEL, Law and Liberty, August 24, 2015

And Paula then pointed to something else which was strange about the profile of Donald Trump in the epistle written by your Apostle Paul to Timothy.

The first verse in the third chapter, the one which precedes the list of sins, says this…


But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.

2 Timothy 3:1


The last days!

Sounds like a story.

Then she showed us this…


In the Bible, God used even evil leaders for his purposes. But when a choice is given, should evangelical Christians choose to elect a man I believe would be the most immoral and ungodly person ever to be president of the United States?

There are times I read a verse from scripture and wonder whether God looked into the portals of time and breathed out very specific words for a certain time in history. I believe II Timothy 3 is such a verse for today:

“But understand this, that in the last days terrible times will come. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”

3 questions evangelicals should ask about Donald Trump, By John Stemberger, CNN, January 6, 2016

Did you catch that first sentence there?

This is a whole new way of thinking for us. This John Stemberger has us reeling at the possibility he put forward in that first sentence — Is your God using an evil leader for his purposes now in what many of you Christians believe is the ‘last days’ — just like he did in the Bible? Are all those stories in the Bible, of him using evil leaders for his purposes, a kind of set-up for what your God is using to move the story forward in these last days?

We tremble to think of it.

So, is something special — something mysterious – going on with Donald Trump?

Look what Paula showed us from Henry Kissinger…


“I think Trump may be one of those figures in history who appears from time to time to mark the end of an era and to force it to give up its old pretences. It doesn’t necessarily mean that he knows this, or that he is considering any great alternative. It could just be an accident.”                   

Henry Kissinger: ‘We are in a very, very grave period’, By Edward Luce, Financial Times, July 20, 2018

Funny to us, how Kissinger jumps from seeing it all as a design of some sort — “to mark the end of an era” — to a random event in a random world — “It could just be an accident.”

But, be that as it may, as you American’s say — what an idea — that your God chose a man to mark the end of an era.

Then Paula showed us what your most famous American evangelist, Billy Graham, wrote about that passage…


The Bible many times warns that toward the end of history as we know it, there will be a return to pre-flood conditions of gross sin and wickedness.

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As the great Day of Judgment draws ever nearer, we see these very things happening about us. It would seem that we were reading from an article in a modern magazine as we read Paul’s word to Timothy, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

This certainly leaves no room for doubt as to what the world is going to be like just before the climactic event that will ring the curtain down on history.

Christ, the Ark of Safety, By Billy Graham, Decision Magazine, May 1, 2016

How interesting for you Christians that Billy Graham’s son, Franklin, played such a prominent role in assisting Trump into the White House. Here we are in “pre-flood conditions” being reminded by the great American evangelist Billy Graham of a scripture which warns you Christians in America — “from such people, turn away!”

But Billy Graham’s daughter, Ann Graham Lotz, is also making us wonder…


Evangelist and best selling author Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of the late Pastor Billy Graham, said that God chose Donald Trump to be president at this time in history and that Trump’s actions in Syria, whether he realizes it or not, could be putting geopolitical pieces in place that usher in “the last of the Last Days.”

Billy Graham’s Daughter: Trump’s Actions Could Set Up ‘The Last of The Last Days’, By Michael W. Chapman, CNS News, November 1, 2019


And Paula also showed us this from the Bible King — who also played a role in helping Donald get into the White House…


The Bible anticipated these times. …. Read 2 Timothy 3:1-5 …. This rejection of God and his standards is a symptom of our isolation from God. It began at the Fall of man and continues to this day. Depravity is the root cause of America’s moral decline.

David Jeremiah, Is This the End?

Well, what about this passage? It must be troubling to so many in your Christian family, who didn’t choose this– “from such people, turn away!”

But it’s not like no one has ever noticed this passage before in relation to the timing in your version of the story we are in. Another one of our team members came across this, from a century and a half ago…


It is a very common apprehension that sinners are servants of themselves, that they are seeking their own interests or their own good, and thus refuse to obey God. Hence sin is often represented as selfishness, or living for one’s self. ….  A single passage in the New Testament, giving a catalogue of the different classes of sinners that shall appear in the last days, says: “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, proud, blasphemous,” etc.

The Nature Of Sin, by J. H. Fairchild, Bibliotheca Sacra, January 1868

Way back in 1868 this Fairchild person said that. And we can’t help but wonder, had he been living in our time, would he have supported or voted for Donald Trump?

Yet, our focus here isn’t about that question. We’ve been around that block before on this web site. So, let’s revisit our current situation. Donald Trump is in office, and if Christianity is the story we are in, your God selected him for that office.

And, our team is wondering…


Is Donald Trump some kind of “last days” marker in the story of humanity?


Or, at least, in the story of America?

In story, there are major turning points that pivot a story from positive to negative riding on the spine of the binary core values. So, our team asked ourselves, is Trump this kind of character? Is he the kind of unique character who creates giant turns and surprise?


Can Donald Trump, running on a platform of free-floating hostility, possibly win the nomination and then usher in the End of Days by taking the presidency? Reason and precedent would argue no, but we are in uncharted postmodern territory now.

How Donald Trump Became America’s Insult Comic in Chief, by James Wolcott, Vanity Fair, December 2015

In sum, Trump’s volatility, ignorance, bullying nature, kowtowing to tyrants, shunning of allies, and monumental diplomatic clumsiness is leaving the entire world a more dangerous place, and leaving American international interests particularly endangered.

Trump’s character flaws are threats to stability and peace, by Quin Hillyer, Washington Examiner, August 21, 2019

He looks like just such a character to us.

There is something so unique about the Donald. And what if your God chose Donald Trump to point to the coming days? It sounds like a wild idea, but run that thought through what your venerated J. Vernon McGee says here…


My feeling is that there ought to be more of the message of the prophets rather than the message of comfort in our own day. The fallow ground needs to be broken up. We are a nation in danger. We say we are one of the greatest nations in the world, but we could fall overnight. Babylon the great fell in one night; Alexander the Great died in a night, and his entire empire crumbled; the Roman Empire fell from within, and we can go down just like that.

J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee

Or, how about the lesser known, but equally venerated Hilarion Alfeyev…


“I would like to remind you all that in Russia before 1917 nobody ever proposed that the collapse of a centuries-old Christian empire would happen and that it would be replaced by an atheistic totalitarian regime. And even when that did happen, few believed that it was serious and for long.

The modern-day decline of Christianity in the western world may be compared to the situation in the Russian Empire before 1917.

The revolution and the dramatic events which followed it have deep spiritual, as well as social and political, reasons. Over many years the aristocracy and intelligentsia had abandoned the faith, and were then followed by common people.”

Russian Orthodox Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev has a warning for the West, By   Elizabeth Scalia, Aleteia, September 25, 2017

But you won’t take that Russian guy seriously, will you? So, what about our frenemy?…


America’s global power may decline, to be sure. But if America declines, it will not be the victim of a more potent challenger, as when Rome displaced Greece in the second century B.C.E., or France displaced Spain in the seventeenth century, or England and Germany displaced France during the nineteenth. America’s decline instead would usher in a fracturing of the global political order; the Pax America would have no successor, and world relations would devolve into chaos. America’s collapse would more closely resemble the fall of Rome. 

David P. Goldman, How Civilizations Die


Let’s revisit Malcolm Gladwell again and ask this total what if question…


What if Donald Trump was chosen to be a tipping point in the story of humanity, which then unleashes two other Chosen surrogates?

A tipping point, remember, is all about massive change. And no one would argue against the idea that the world is in a rather fragile situation that may be set up for such a tipping point.


Here is the situation in brief. We stand at one of the major turning points of history. Two powerful forces for regression threaten to drag us into a dark past. On the one hand, Islamists want to bring back the subjugation of women, female genital mutilation, sex slavery, beheadings, and dhimmitude for non-believers. On the other hand, their hi-tech progressive enablers are decimating non-Muslim populations by promoting contraception and abortion, while simultaneously controlling the flow of information about Islam using speech-suppressing strategies that no absolute monarch could ever have imagined.

If you’ve ever wished that you could have been around at one of history’s decisive moments, your wish had been granted. And if you’ve ever wished to be on the side of the beleaguered underdog, that wish also has been granted. The forces of regression are in the ascendancy, and Christian civilization is in retreat.

A Turning Point in History, By WILLIAM KILPATRICK, Crisis Magazine, MAY 24, 2018

And he may be on to something.

So, what if Donald Trump was also chosen to play a unique role in a fragile world situation?

If so, you really may be in far greater danger than you realize.

You’re gonna’ need a bigger boat…


If Rome’s baleful experience is anything to go by, the American republic is on the verge of change as significant as Rome’s proved to be in the first century—though world history today prevents the fatal shift from republic to empire that Rome experienced, and suggests a sadder, briefer outcome—decline.

Os Guinness, A Free People’s Suicide

Scary, right? We’re all in this boat together, so to speak. While Trump rocks that boat until it’s taking on water, will you take seriously our volatile situation?


“Trump has made it clear the post-war US-led global order is history. But what will replace it?” Luce asks. He has little faith in the Chinese leadership, and he argues that Vladi­mir Putin’s Russia simply wants to foster division among potential rivals. Absent the United States, we are left with an odd circumstance: The nations that share Western values are not strong enough to lead, while the ones that might be strong enough do not share Western values. “Some fear that China is the coming power,” Luce writes. “But chaos, not China, is likelier to take America’s place.”

Will the West survive Trump?, By Carlos Lozada, Washington Post, June 15, 2017

Chaos on the way?


America, in the wake of this historic and unprecedented resignation, will enter 2019 as a superpower in decline, trying to slink off the world stage. The world’s jackals and hyenas already sense our weakness and are circling closer. Our national security has never — not even during the Cold War — been in this much sustained danger.

After James Mattis resigned, Trump’s America is slinking off the world stage, By Tom Nichols, USA Today, December 23, 2018

You Christians must find it all so strange. You never imagined, I bet, that you were choosing a leader who would lead your great country to “slink off the stage”. Not that we mind, of course, because of our China Dream.

But, what if this guy is right…


The 75-year-old post-war order crafted by the United States after World War II is falling apart. Almost every major foreign-policy initiative of the last 16 years seems to have gone haywire.

Donald Trump’s presidency was a reflection, not a catalyst, of the demise of the foreign-policy status quo. Much of the world now already operates on premises that have little to do with official post-war institutions, customs, and traditions, which, however once successful, belong now to a bygone age.

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Historic forces have made post-war thinking obsolete and thereby left many reactionary “experts” wedded to the past and in denial about the often-dangerous reality before their eyes. Worse is the autopilot railing for the nth time that Donald Trump threatens the post-war order, undermines NATO, is clueless about the EU, or ignores the sophisticated institutions that hold the world together.

About the only metaphor that works is that Trump threw a pebble at a global glass house. But that is not a morality tale about the power of pebbles, but rather about the easy shattering of cracked glass.

The Post-War Order Is Over, By VICTOR DAVIS HANSON, National Review, May 29, 2018

Once you choose Donald as your chaos candidate, the role the next president would play became clear to some …


Regardless of what happens this November, it is already clear that the American century ended on November 8, 2016. On that day, the United States ceased to be the world’s leading superpower – the flawed but ultimately well-meaning guarantor of peace, prosperity, and human rights around the world.

America the Loser, By J. BRADFORD DELONG, Project Syndicate, July 4, 2018

How sad for you Christians especially, to abdicate your world role as “guarantor of peace, prosperity, and human rights around the world”…


NATO is more fragile than Mr Trump thinks. At its core is the pledge to treat an attack on one member in the North Atlantic region as an attack on them all. His vacillation and his hostility to Europe weakens that promise, if only because it reveals his scorn for the idea that small countries have the same rights as big ones. Asia is watching, as is Mr Putin. The more Mr Trump bullies his allies, the more the world will doubt America’s security guarantees. Because great powers compete in a grey zone between peace and war, that risks miscalculation.

The Western Alliance is In Trouble, The Economist, July 5, 2018

All that you’ve built. All that you’ve worked so hard for. All the good that you’ve done.

And now look at the role which Donald’s verbal actions are playing


Words are so central to international affairs that they get their own special professional and legal category: diplomacy. We hope that speech, if it does not draw countries closer together, will at least allow clear communication about interests, demands, and the possibility of war. With his words threatening to subordinate the collective self-defense commitment of NATO to his desire to get a better deal on shared defense spending, Trump undermined the most longstanding pillar of American foreign policy. His eventual grudging affirmation of Article V of the North Atlantic Treaty didn’t unring the bell. America’s closest allies now have to believe that its treaty commitments are up for grabs in each election, and have to plan accordingly.

Why Words Matter, by JACOB T. LEVY, The Bulwark, MARCH 16, 2019

Undermined…to the point that Bildt believes NATO is in peril…thanks to the Donald’s contemptuous hands…


What is left of NATO and the transatlantic order after US President Donald Trump’s tumultuous week in Brussels, the United Kingdom, and Helsinki, where he defended Russian President Vladimir Putin against accusations of cyber warfare by America’s own intelligence agencies?

Watching events unfold through rose-tinted glasses, one might think that the West’s most important strategic alliance is more or less okay, or even growing stronger. In fact, NATO is in peril, and its fate now lies in Trump’s contemptuous hands.

The End of NATO?, by Carl Bildt, Project Syndicate, July 18, 2018

If you’re inclined to be in denial about Trump’s role here, take a moment to look from the perspective of Europe…


At home, President Trump’s supporters, at least, are unbowed by the challenges ahead. They see the president as a strong leader, with roughly a third of Americans (31 percent), including seven in ten Republicans, convinced that Trump is making the U.S. position in the world stronger.

The view from Europe, however, is quite different. Anti-Americanism is near record levels — not only among European publics, but also among some of the region’s economic and security experts.

Between 2016 and 2017, favorable views of the United States fell by double digits across seven of the 10 European countries surveyed by the Pew Research Center. This was part of a global pattern that saw the U.S. image decline across most of the 37 nations polled. Positive assessments of America were particularly weak in Spain (31 percent favorable), Germany (35 percent) and the Netherlands (37 percent). A 2017 Gallup survey on perceptions of U.S. leadership found comparable downward trends and results in Europe.

A Fundamental Challenge to U.S. Leadership Abroad, By Bruce Stokes, Real Clear World, May 23, 2018

Here’s a sobering overview from the very interesting Max Boot…


Yet now the very foundations of American foreign policy are being undermined by President Donald Trump. The president has pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris climate accords and called into question the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement and NATO. He has quarreled with democratic allies, from Mayor Sadiq Khan of London to Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, while lavishing praise on dictators. Trump has called Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt a “fantastic guy,” Kim Jong Un of North Korea a “smart cookie,” and Xi Jinping of China “a very good man” who “loves the people of China.” Trump has told Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, who has killed at least 7,000 people without benefit of trial, that he is doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem,” and he has praised Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey for his victory in a rigged referendum that was widely seen as the death knell of Turkish democracy.

If Trump has any concern for democracy or human rights, he has not revealed it — except as a cudgel with which to beat the communist regime in Havana and secure Cuban-American votes. When asked to condemn Vladimir Putin’s murders of dissidents, Trump refused to do so, saying, “What, you think our country’s so innocent?”

The president’s senior national security and economic advisors, H.R. McMaster and Gary D. Cohn, wrote in the Wall Street Journal on May 30 that Trump believes “that the world is not a ‘global community’ but an arena where nations, nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage…. Rather than deny this elemental nature of international affairs, we embrace it.” In other words, this administration rejects the Enlightenment ideals of the Founders and instead embraces a Hobbesian view of the world in which the natural state of mankind is a “perpetual war of every man against his neighbor.”

We Didn’t Kick Britain’s Ass to Be This Kind of Country, by Max Boot, Foreign Policy, July 3, 2017

Wow, that’s zinger to you Christians… ”perpetual war of every man against his neighbor”…and does it make you think again about embracing him? Would it have been better to “from such people, turn away!”

But, you didn’t. So, this is what you have to live with…


The best distillation of the Trump Doctrine I heard, though, came from a senior White House official with direct access to the president and his thinking. I was talking to this person several weeks ago, and I said, by way of introduction, that I thought it might perhaps be too early to discern a definitive Trump Doctrine.

“No,” the official said. “There’s definitely a Trump Doctrine.”

“What is it?” I asked. Here is the answer I received:

“The Trump Doctrine is ‘We’re America, Bitch.’ That’s the Trump Doctrine.”

A Senior White House Official Defines the Trump Doctrine: ‘We’re America, Bitch’, By Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic, June 11, 2018

You chose this man…


The United States’ allies are about to find out what real unilateralism looks like and what the real exercise of U.S. hegemony feels like, because Trump’s America does not care. It is unencumbered by historical memory. It recognizes no moral, political or strategic commitments. It feels free to pursue objectives without regard to the effect on allies or, for that matter, the world. It has no sense of responsibility to anything beyond itself.

Is this what the American people want? Maybe. Many these days call for greater realism and less idealism in U.S. foreign policy. Here it is. Trump’s policies are pure realism, devoid of ideals and sentiment, pursuing a narrow “national interest” defined strictly in terms of dollars and cents and defense against foreign attack. Trump’s world is a struggle of all-against-all. There are no relationships based on common values. There are merely transactions determined by power. It is the world that a century ago brought us two world wars.

Trump’s America does not care, By Robert Kagan, Brookings, June 17, 2018

Sobering stuff, right? “Trump’s America does not care”, he says. And Trump’s world is all struggle, making deals that reflect “transactions determined by power”.

But, Trump has brought change, no doubt…


The United States has benefited enormously from having unusually peaceful relations with its immediate neighbors. Everything should be done to keep those relations as peaceful and cooperative as possible. Even if it were the case, which it is not, that Canada and Mexico get a greater advantage from our mutual trade than we do, that should be seen as a small price to pay for their good will. This argument should be particularly persuasive to those concerned about terrorists and weapons of mass destruction crossing these borders.

Between a Mirage and a Mistake: Correcting American Grand Strategy, by DAVID TUCKER, Law and Liberty, June 1, 2018

And so, you can see why this comment from a commentary on the Old Testament book of the prophet Amos caught our attention…


Broken treaties have marred the pages of history from ancient to modern times. God has a low tolerance level for those who break treaties, who take away human freedom and dignity, and whose motive is material profit. Such people should brace themselves for the destructive judgment of God.

Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, by Billy K. Smith and Frank Page

Will you pay attention to these things? Or will you keep pushing God out of your American politics picture?

Because, if Christianity is the story we are in, your God isn’t sitting by passively. He is active. And he may have chosen Donald as a unique character.

But he wasn’t the first to be chosen by God to bring about his judgement. Just look at this sobering comparison…


About a decade ago, I published “George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I,” a book that was, in part, about Kaiser Wilhelm, who is probably best known for being Queen Victoria’s first grandchild and for leading Germany into the First World War. Ever since Donald Trump started campaigning for President, the Kaiser has once again been on my mind—his personal failings, and the global fallout they led to.

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The Kaiser wasn’t singly responsible for the First World War, but his actions and choices helped to bring it on. If international conflict is around the corner, it would seem that you really don’t want a narcissist in control of a global power. Wilhelm’s touchiness, his unpredictability, his need to be acknowledged: these things struck a chord with elements in Germany, which was in a kind of adolescent spasm—quick to perceive slights, excited by the idea of flexing its muscles, filled with a sense of entitlement. At the same time, Wilhelm’s posturing raised tensions in Europe. His clumsy personal diplomacy created suspicion. His alliance with the vitriolic right and his slavish admiration for the Army inched the country closer and closer to war. Once the war was actually upon him, the government and military effectively swept the Kaiser aside. And the gravest damage occurred only after Wilhelm abdicated, in November of 1918. (He spent the rest of his life—he survived until 1941—in central Holland.) The defeated Germany sank into years of depression, resentments sharpened, the toxic lie that Germany had been “robbed” of its rightful victory in the war took hold. The rest, as they say, is history.

I’m not suggesting that Trump is about to start the Third World War. But recent foreign developments—the wild swings with North Korea, the ditching of the Iran nuclear deal, the threat of a trade war with China—suggest upheavals that could quickly grow out of American control. Some of Trump’s critics suppose that these escalating crises might cause him to loosen, or even lose, his grip on the Presidency. The real lesson of Kaiser Wilhelm II, however, may be that Trump’s leaving office might not be the end of the problems he may bring on or exacerbate—it may be only the beginning.

What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire?, By Miranda Carter, New Yorker, June 6, 2018

We know this all sounds crazy.

But, if you have a hard time believing this is even possible, you might want to consider looking at our appendix, The Black Swan Bible.

Because if Christianity is the story we are in, God the Great Storyteller sends Black Swans flying throughout the story we are in.

Well, Paula showed us this passage, and it made us wonder how the drama may unfold…


The Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded, and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: The Lord is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you. For a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest and without law, but when in their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them. In those times there was no peace to him who went out or to him who came in, for great disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands. They were broken in pieces. Nation was crushed by nation and city by city, for God troubled them with every sort of distress. 

2 Chronicles 15:1-6


There you go. Your God is the Active Protagonist. But you have trouble seeing it through the fog of that minimalist corner.

And while you occupy that corner, ponder this through the fog…


Seemingly insignificant single events change history. A minor aristocrat is murdered in an out of the way European city, and two cataclysmic world wars take place. An angry friar nails theological arguments to a church door, and an entire bloody revolution tumbles onward out of control. A boy decides to get drunk, and a girl gets pregnant, and a tyrant who rules the world is born.

Those who ponder the Fermi Paradox wonder at the vastness of all things and believe largeness is important. I ponder at the smallness of all things and know they are important. Individuals change history. Small decisions matter. The Divine is in the detail. Consequently, I am excited by the idea that the earth is, in fact, the center of the universe and that the vast realms of the cosmos surround her and regard her with tender protection and the awe struck wonder with which we might behold a newborn baby.

It could be that this earth is the staging ground for all that matters in the cosmos. It may well be that this planet is the battleground where the cosmic battle between good and evil reaches it’s climax. Crucial battles must take place somewhere. What if the war in heaven is completed here on this field of war? And what if you and I are soldiers in that cosmic and eternally important battle?

Aliens, Elephants, and Angels, by Dwight Longenecker, The Imaginative Conservative, September 29, 2018