Many evangelical Trump supporters keep using analogies about how Trump is like Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar and since God used these flawed leaders to accomplish His will, then we should elect Trump.
But that argument is a serious misuse of scripture.
First of all, it’s a red herring. The debate is not whether God could use such a person to accomplish His will. Followers of the Bible already know the answer to that. God can, and has, used awful people for His purposes. He’s used tyrants, apostates, mass murders, even the devil himself to accomplish His purposes. He used strong pagan leaders like Pharaoh and Cyrus and Nebuchadnezzar to accomplish His goals, to discipline His people, to destroy Israel’s enemies, to make the point that His people can trust Him to take care of them even under the worst of circumstances.
But He certainly never told His people to vote for anyone like this. Those passages are simply not about elections. They’re about periods in the history of Israel when they were in captivity and deprived of their right to elections. They’re not saying, “when you choose a leader, choose someone like Nebuchadnezzar or Cyrus, because I can even use them to accomplish my will.”
Nebuchadnezzar was a self-worshiping megalomaniac (Daniel 4), does that mean when we are given a choice, we should vote for self-worshiping megalomaniacs? No, those passages are written in the context of unelected tyrants to give comfort to God’s people that God is greater even than the tyrant.
But there really is advice in the Bible about how to choose rulers when that is an option. If we want advice from the Bible about elections, then we should read the parts of the Bible which are, you know, about elections. For example in Exodus (also the parallel passage in Deuteronomy) when God gave to Moses, and Moses gave to Israel instructions on how to choose civic leaders. “Men who fear God and hate dishonest gain.”
Negative examples about the nature of King’s are given in the controversy in Samuel about “choosing a king like the other nations.” Israel, as Samuel Rutherford pointed out in his influential book, Lex Rex, actually chose its kings, so these were indeed election situations. The Torah tells us that kings should not be people who multiply gold, horses and wives.
There is a whole book of the Bible giving us instructions about what we should be looking for in a prospective king. It’s called the book of Proverbs. It is written by a king, Solomon, to his son, who is a prince in waiting. The very title of the book, Mishlei, is closely linguistically related to Mishal, which means “to rule.” It contains repeated instruction which forbids bragging, adultery, speaking too much, speaking without restraint, secret dealings, pride and strife as being the exact opposite of proper preparation for a ruler.
SOURCE: The Christian Post – Jerry Bowler