As President Trump leaves the White House I have been contemplating his similarities with another great leader who challenged the status quo and “drained the swamp.” The biblical king, Josiah, was the last good king of Israel’s southern kingdom of Judah before they were defeated by the Babylonians and taken into captivity.
Both the United States and Judah had gone downhill quite a ways after some downright bad leaders who “did evil in the sight of the Lord.” Don’t get me wrong, both nations also had some good leaders, except that they failed to roll back all of the evil policies of the bad rulers. When reading through the books of Kings and Chronicles you begin to notice a pattern arise where the good kings usually had one fatal flaw mentioned. It seemed to always be described like it was here with King Jotham:
And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord; he did according to all that his father Uzziah had done. However the high places were not removed; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places. – 2 Kings 15:34-35
These high places were generally set up in Israel by the bad kings and were used for pagan worship and idolatry. Even the few kings who “did what was right in the sight of the Lord” failed to remove the high places, with two exceptions: King Hezekiah and his great-grandson King Josiah.
It made me wonder why the other good kings allowed the high places even though it was obviously wrong. Then it struck me. It’s for the same reason that our good presidents have not reversed the immoral policies of our bad presidents. They knew that many people would not like it and they lacked the political courage to follow through. There was probably a lot of political pressure by the people who worshipped and sacrificed at the high places, and even the good kings bowed to that pressure.
Kings Hezekiah and Josiah did not. They both had the backbone to stand up for what was right and removed the high places from the land. In the United States, conservatives have been frustrated because even when we elect good leaders they have lacked the courage to do what is right. Like Hezekiah and Josiah, President Trump has not. Here are some of his landmark accomplishments:
- The first wicked king of Judah was Solomon’s son Reheboam. When he became king the people came to him and said, “Your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.” (1 Kings 12:4) In other words, regulations. The government was forcing them to do too much and interfering with their lives. Reheboam took the bad advice of his friends and responded, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!” (1 Kings 12:14) Our bad presidents have greatly increased the bone crushing regulatory burden on the people. Our good presidents, like George W. Bush and his father, said they were for smaller government but did not actually lessen regulations. President Trump did. He made a guideline that for every new regulation, two had to be removed. This led to a booming economy and record low unemployment.
- Both good and bad presidents have said that we should recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move our embassy there. None of them had the guts to actually do it. President Trump did.
- Speaking of Israel, President Obama greatly damaged our relationship with God’s chosen people and our greatest ally. He treated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with contempt. His administration chastised Israel for defending themselves. He backstabbed them and allowed them to be attacked in the United Nations. Most notably, he put Israel in grave danger by appeasing Iran and making a deal to remove sanctions against them and give them billions of dollars without even forcing them to end their nuclear program. President Trump was the most pro-Israel president of my lifetime and maybe ever. He defended Israel in the United Nations, acknowledged their sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and ended the appeasement of Iran by pulling out of the dangerous Iran Nuclear Deal. He was even able to broker peace deals between Israel and Bahrain, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates.
- About ten years ago my health insurance started to rise precipitously in price. President Obama had forced through the government monstrosity now known as Obamacare, which also took away our freedom with regards to our healthcare decisions. President Trump eliminated the individual mandate, taking the teeth out of Obamacare and giving individuals back more control of their healthcare.
- After years of weak defense of our nation’s borders, President Trump was able to get over 400 miles of wall built.
- There is one rule that is repeated in each of the first five books of the Bible; that murderers should be put to death. The federal government has failed in this responsibility, as only 3 murderers had been executed between 1963 and 2020. President Trump has enforced the death penalty for murderers again, with 13 federal executions being carried out in the last year.
- Good presidents and candidates have been lied about and vilified by our biased and corrupt media for decades, frustrating millions of Americans because previous presidents just took the abuse. President Trump fought back and constantly called out the media for their unfairness and propaganda.
- One of the great reforms of King Josiah is found in 2 Kings 23:10. “And he defiled Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or daughter pass through the fire to Molech.” To make your child pass through the fire meant to sacrifice them to the Moabite god Molech. This evil practice was not only allowed to happen in Israel by the wicked kings, but kings Ahaz and Manasseh actually sacrificed their own sons. The United States has a similar practice that is protected by the wicked presidents: abortion. Unfortunately, even our good presidents have been inept at curtailing this evil act. President Trump has stepped up to the plate and defended babies. He was the first president to attend the March for Life. He has found a way to block funding for Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country. Most importantly, he has appointed three pro-life Supreme Court Justices.
You may be wondering why I chose Josiah to compare President Trump to instead of Hezekiah since they both stood up against the status quo and removed the high places, and I have two reasons. First, Hezekiah came earlier and that leads me to compare him to another great president who upset the apple cart, President Reagan. Second, Josiah was only 8 years old when he became king, and President Trump does tend to speak without much tact like a kid might. It is disappointing that too many people couldn’t get past that lack of tact, because like King Josiah, he may be the last great president we ever have. Thank you, President Trump, for making us great again.