Luke 4:17-21 (NLT)
17 The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written: 18 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, 19 and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.” 20 He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. 21 Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”
On June 16, I was sitting in my office at work when a Fox News update flashed on my computer screen: “Donald Trump to announce a Presidential bid.” I quickly tuned in to the live feed and was captivated by Ivanka’s passionate introduction of her father, The Donald.
Immediately, by the way she spoke about her dad, I understood the family was of great value to Trump. As a father of a precious daughter, myself, I could see there was no hidden agenda in her tone. Her love, sincerity and passion could not be any clearer.
Enter The Donald.
I thought to myself: “Who are we about to see? The Apprentice, the celebrity?”
What I witnessed and what followed was similiar to what Jesus did in Luke 4:17-21. Without a teleprompter, Mr. Trump stumbled through the main points of what’s wrong with America in plain, straight-forward, non-political talk.
“We don’t win any more.”
Trump spoke plainly about the diminishing position of America, and of her greatness. He spoke refreshingly unfiltered but with a concerned tone, serenity, and a large dose of something that has been missing for the last 8 long years–patriotism.
Just like the hearers in the room after Jesus read the scroll from the prophet Isaiah and said in essence “I am He!” shock slowly set in. But it was the good kind! Where has he been hiding? I didn’t know he felt the same way I did! Feed up with politicians who pay us lip service and do nothing outside of taking and spending our money.
Just as Jesus announcement drew vicious attacks against His claim to Messiah, I thought oh dear, the Pharisee-like politicians will not be happy. Fast forward to today and, despite the vicious attacks on the “regular guy’s” candidate, as I like to call him, Trump is still holding his own. The message from June has resonated in the hearts of the populace.
Have I actually lived long enough to see a non-political power play for the White House? A bottom-up revolt by the people?
I hope so.
Trump’s battle with the Republican Establishment–their Pharisee-like cronies and media acolytes–has me vigorously routing for the underdog.
“There’s no need to fear” Sweet Polly Purebred, your underdog Donald J. Trump is here!