THOSE WHO ARE RICH ARE BLESSED AND DESERVE GOD’S BLESSING?

A large cohort of Trump voters belong to religious communities which believe that God has preordained that some will prosper materially in this world and some will not. In this “Prosperity Gospel” those who prosper are revealing God’s will and benediction on them. If you believe and are saved and you are prosperous this is evidence that you are favored by God.

Donald Trump is not a religious type, to say the least, but he is prosperous!  Trump has held up the riches of his aides as a badge of honor and of God’s blessing. On March 31, press spokesman Sean Spicer said “the President has brought a lot of people into this administration, into this White House in particular, who have been very blessed and very successful by this country and have given up a lot to come into the government setting aside a lot of assets.”

Among the many others in Trump’s White House that Spicer was referencing  would be Gov. Sonny Perdue of Georgia,  Trumps nominee for secretary of agriculture, and Carl Icahn,  special advisor for regulatory reform.

Perdue’s “blessings” includes getting  $100,000  in breaks on capital gains tax when his personal lawyer, who happened to be a state legislator, engineered a change in a Georgia law that made  new provisions retroactive, giving Perdue the $100,000.  Icahn will be blessed when he succeeds in pushing the Trump administration to change an Environmental Protection Agency rule that guides the way ethanol and gasoline are blended .  This change would directly benefit an oil refiner, CVR Energy, in which Icahn has a majority stake.

Where is Trump’s  “badge of honor” here? Are we supposed to assume that God blesses everyone who gets rich? Continue reading “THOSE WHO ARE RICH ARE BLESSED AND DESERVE GOD’S BLESSING?”