Trump Drives Two Movements
The January 23, 2017 headline of USA Today proclaimed it: Trump drives two movements. In describing the two movements, the article described a “legion of Americans [cheering] Trump as a refreshingly pugnacious leader with a promise to shake the regulatory order…” On the other hand, the article similarly described a “multitude of Americans” demonstrating against Trump and his policies.
Susan Page, the author of the article, notes that while politics particularly in this age are polarizing, there is little “precedent for a new president who is both beneficiary and target of such powerful and rising grass-roots movements.”
There’s little doubt that Page is correct. However, there is precedent for the rise of two movements whose impact is still being felt in history today.
Most will remember that Abraham of the Bible was the father of Isaac. Through Isaac, the nation of Israel ultimately arose. And through the line of Abraham and Isaac, there arose Jesus and the birth of the Christian religion. Whether one chooses to believe the historical claims of Jesus or not, there’s little doubt on the impact of Christianity around the world in every sphere of life.
On the other hand, not everyone will remember that Abraham was also the father of Ishmael. Through Ishmael, the prophet and messenger Muhammed arose and ultimately the religion of Islam. And from Islam, there is continuing impact around the world.
One man. Two movements. Two continuing movements for generations. The purpose of this blog is not to lift up Trump as some kind of iconic figure. To the contrary, to the extent there’s an iconic figure, it is Abraham who birthed the two greatest movements in all of history. I suspect long after Trump is gone, the ideologies behind Islam and Christianity will still have an enduring place in our world.