As the congressional midterm elections of 2022 near their end, Republican politicians are now openly speaking as if they have the endorsement of the supernatural ruler of the universe. They are asking their followers to accept that Jesus was a Republican.
On November 6, at a rally for Republican Senator Marco Rubio and ex-president Donald Trump, Esteban Bovo, the mayor of Hialeah, Florida, gave the following prayer to the Christian god. Bovo said:
“I ask all of you to stand up stand up so we could pray together stand up. I ask the lord to descend upon this free state. I ask the lord to put his hand on the United States of America and guide and bless those and help those that want to stop the craziness in our country. God, we ask that you put blessing amongst those that want to stop the education system from teaching us weird things. Bless those that want to teach our kids arithmetic, English and reading, we ask the lord to bless all of those that are fighting against an ideology that will destroy this country. And lord, we ask you on Tuesday, let your mighty hand be felt as one after another after another go to the voting booth and support republican candidates up and down the ballot, lord… to make America great again and we do all of this in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, Amen. May god bless you all.”
The strangeness of Esteban Bovo’s political prayer comes into focus when we remember that Bovo, and everyone else who shares the stage with Donald Trump, claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump.
Christian Nationalists like Esteban Bovo do not believe in the power of the American people to decide their own elections. So, they’re calling for supernatural beings to swoop in and use their magical power to change the results of the 2022 elections. Bovo wants the “mighty hand” of the Christian god to alter the election. Christian Nationalists don’t trust the American people, because they think that Americans are too “weird”, so they want a god to descend from on high to magically change the outcome of America’s elections.
How is that not weird?
This post is a portion of a larger article at Stop Christian Nationalism.