In a passionate post election sermon, Rev. Dr. Barber interprets the election of Donald Trump. Below is a brief and imperfect summary of some of his interpretation of the election but I would highly recommend listening to the whole sermon if you get a chance (at the end of this post).
They Have Rejected God: Samuel’s Model
“…it is not you they have rejected [Samuel], but they have rejected me [God] as their king.”
Rev. Dr. Barber interprets this election through the paradigm of the prophet Samuel. A comparison others have been unable to resist as well.
In the book of Samuel, the people rejected God as their king because they wanted to have a king like other nations. So God gave them up to their own sin, and gave them the king they desired.
More than politics
Rev. Dr. Barber called this election not so much about Trump and Clinton but about, “the rejection of some things much deeper.” (clip)
Exchanging Righteousness for Unrighteousness
Rev. Dr. Barber praised Obama as a good man which led to a standing ovation (see here).
He then said we will witness the, “inauguration of”con” and listed some of Trump sins… (not a difficult task given Trump’s character).
This is nothing new
Remember slavery? The Republican’s southern strategy that sought to win elections through coded racial appeals? Remember how the people rejected Moses? This is nothing new.
We knew what we were doing
Samuel warned the people that Saul would lead their sons into war & bring many hardships… the people did it anyway.
No congratulations for Trump
This would enable his sin. “Repent!” says Rev. Dr. Barber to Trump. If Trump wants to do what is right we will support that but it is our calling to challenge him when he does wrong.
Don’t stay in discouragement, be revived says Rev. Dr. Barber! The role of Christians is even more important during this time. Be encouraged, be revived! There is glory in being on the side of truth. Christians were made to stand up for justice.
Above is a very imperfect summary from memory because I just wanted to share something about this really encouraging sermon. It may go down as one of the greatest of our time… I would highly recommend listening to it.