It’s amazing how when your home teachers come over, you get blessed with spiritual insights. Here’s one I had in our long conversation tonight:
All U.S. Presidents have a stewardship over this country, the most powerful in the world and the one hosting the headquarters of the Church. I believe that as a steward, a U.S. President therefore has the right and responsibility to receive revelation about the decisions he or she makes as leaders of the country. (I don’t expect most of them think about it in this way, but that doesn’t change the fact that God can and does inspire people through the Light of Christ to do the right things. And, of course, whether or not they listen is another matter.)
Agree or disagree with their policies, our last two presidents (Bush and Obama) have both seemed to me to be men who could receive that type of gentle inspiration. Both are Christians and both pray. Both spent their presidencies trying to do what was best for the American people as they understood it. Obama in particular is a very thorough thinker. Both do have healthy egos, but as they say, that’s something of a prerequisite to running for office.
The point is, both Bush and Obama lived their lives and conducted their presidencies in ways where it was possible for them to receive inspiration.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, does not. His campaign is driven entirely by narcissism, self-aggrandizement (a.k.a. pride), fear, hate, and anger. The Lord never works by inspiring these emotions in people. When these emotions are present, the Spirit can’t be. So unless something very fundamental changes in the Trump campaign, he won’t be able to receive those spiritual nudges that we hope will influence our leaders.
Food for thought.