Catholic priest says Trump isn’t anointed by God to rain ‘fire and fury’ on North Korea

Mr Trump has been threatening North Korea quite a lot lately

Clark Mindock
New York
Friday 11 August 2017 17:04 BST
A priest says Trump doesn't have the approval of God to wage war with North Korea
A priest says Trump doesn't have the approval of God to wage war with North Korea (REUTERS)

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A Texas priest says that Donald Trump has not been anointed by god to rain fire on North Korea, in spite of what a fellow clergyman may have said.

Catholic Pastor Jushia J Whitfield pushed back on the word of a fellow Texas pastor’s word in an op-ed published in the Dallas Morning News, noting that early Christians lived under oppressive regimes. Politics were viewed, he noted, as belonging to the demonic.

“Paul, like other New Testament writers and, of course, like Jesus, thought the political realm the realm of Satan,” Father Whitfield wrote. “Political institutions, along with principalities and powers, according to early Christian belief, belonged to the demonic. Hence bloody history, hence violence.”

Mr Trump has engaged in an escalating rhetorical battle with Kim Jong Un. North Korea has been testing it’s nuclear and missile capacities recently, raising concerns that the country will meet its goal of developing a nuclear warhead that could hit US shores. In response, Mr Trump has vowed to rain “fire and fury” on North Korea that would effectively destroy the country’s military capacity.

Father Whitfield argues that the President’s words, and potential action, are antithetical to Christian belief.

“For Paul, it would have been unthinkable to consider a political ruler some sort of anointed Christian prince or president waging war on behalf of believers,” he wrote.

In response to Mr Trump’s threats, North Korea has recently announced that they are developing attack plans to strike Guam, an American territory, if the US President doesn’t soften his rhetoric. The US, then, announced that there are several potential plans available to Mr Trump should he decide that an offensive or defensive attack is necessary to curb North Korea’s ambitions.

The US is “locked and loaded,” Mr Trump tweeted recently.

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