Jim Bakker: Christians Who Oppose Trump ‘Don’t Know God’ (VIDEO)

Donald Trump enters Easter weekend in an absolutely brutal position. His average approval rating, as calculated by FiveThirtyEight, stands at 40.5 percent–the lowest approval rating on record for a newly-elected president at this stage.

But Trump is lucky to have numbers even that high. All indications are that the only reason he isn’t in the nether regions George W. Bush occupied late in his presidency is because the religious right is still solidly behind him. According to a recent poll from Morning Consult, 69 percent of white evangelicals approve of Trump’s performance. While that represents a marked decline from the 81 percent of white evangelicals who backed Trump in 2016, it’s still well above what the nation at large thinks of the Donald’s performance.

Now how is that possible? Well, the nation’s so-called moral guardians have spent the last three years bullying their followers into bowing down to Trump. They claim that the opposition to Trump is driven by witchcraft and demons, and that opposing Trump amounts to opposing God’s plan for this country. They’ve warned their followers that opposing Trump could, among other things, put you at risk of being cursed down to the third generation.

We got a lovely example of this bullying on Friday from one of Trump’s most rabid fundie supporters, Jim Bakker. He openly questioned the faith of Christians who still oppose Trump.

Late last week, Bakker started chatting with Frank Amedia, a pastor from Youngstown, Ohio and the founder of “POTUS Shield,” a gaggle of Trump-worshiping pastors who have made it their business to cover Trump in prayer and “storm heaven” on his behalf. Many of the people behind POTUS Shield are major players in the New Apostolic Reformation, an overtly fascist offshoot of the religious right that aims to bring about the Second Coming by taking over the world.

On Friday’s show, with Amedia on hand, Bakker called out those Christians who have yet to see how God is supposedly using the Donald. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.

Amedia claimed that when Trump meets with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in May, the “breaker anointing” that is supposedly on Trump will be on full display. According to a number of hypercharismatic pastors, Trump has supposedly been anointed to take on whatever is standing in the way of God’s plans and reduce them to rubble.

That prompted Bakker to call out those Christians who still aren’t willing to believe God has his hand on the Donald.

“Do you know why church people and millions of other people do not understand Donald Trump, that God could use him? They don’t know God. They don’t know God! They don’t know this book one iota! There’s not a normal person–except Jesus–in the whole Bible. He used the unlovely. He used the unacceptable. He used the people that no one would vote for. We don’t get God. God uses the impossible.”

Bakker went on to say that God was using Trump to test our “evaluation of Almighty God.” As Bakker sees it, Trump is a reminder that “God picks the one that no one else would pick.”

Okay, Jim. I’ll play. I’m a charismatic/Pentecostal Christian. I know that God uses people whom we don’t expect him to use. But can we have a little discernment, please?

Do you seriously believe that God is working through a man who finds it acceptable to retweet hateful and violent memes attacking his foes? Or fire off tweets degrading women who dare cross him? Or who, at the very least, fostered an environment in which senior aides found it acceptable to solicit “opposition research” (read: espionage) from a hostile foreign power?

And if you believe God put Trump in office, are you saying that God told a sketchy data analytics firm to steal gigabytes of data from innocent Facebook users and use that data to microtarget potential Trump supporters? After all, according to your narrative, Russia didn’t hack the election–God did.

A significant number of Christians on both sides of the aisle know that this nation has been swindled. If Bakker thinks that we don’t know how God works, we have to wonder who he’s worshiping–Jesus, or Trump?

(featured image courtesy Bakker’s Facebook)

Darrell is a 30-something graduate of the University of North Carolina who considers himself a journalist of the old school. An attempt to turn him into a member of the religious right in college only succeeded in turning him into the religious right's worst nightmare--a charismatic Christian who is an unapologetic liberal. His desire to stand up for those who have been scared into silence only increased when he survived an abusive three-year marriage. You may know him on Daily Kos as Christian Dem in NC. Follow him on Twitter @DarrellLucus or connect with him on Facebook. Click here to buy Darrell a Mello Yello.