I’m thinking out loud here. The following is just a theory…
Online, I’ve see a few Christians defend their continuing support of Donald Trump by comparing him to King David in the Old Testament. King David was flawed — an adulterer, murderer, etc. — but he was anointed.
What if this is a hint of an important but largely UNACKNOWLEDGED political theology of the Religious Right — and maybe the Religious Left too (though it would be subtler)?
My hypothesis: Consciously or unconsciously, the Religious Right sees the Republican Party as God’s primary means of preserving and promoting the United States as a “Christian nation”. (Thus, when American voters elect a Democrat, they reject God’s will for the country.)
Because Trump was nominated, he was anointed. For the Religious Right to admit otherwise would be to undermine their own authority as divine “kingmakers”.
What do you think?