With a simple question in his sermon I Am the Only God There Is!, Derek W.H. Thomas, Minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, is sparking a movement that is sweeping quietly across evangelical Christian America: “Would you have voted for Cyrus the Great?”
His sermon derives from Isaiah 45:22, which reads: “Look unto me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God and there is no one else.”
Reading from Isaiah, Chapters 44 and 45, Thomas evokes the historical Cyrus the Great, who ruled Persia from 559 to 530 B.C. Cyrus was renowned for defeating the Babylonian Empire and liberating the Jews from Babylonian captivity, re-establishing the city of Jerusalem and issuing a decree that the Second Temple should be built on the refurbished site of Solomon’s Temple.
Nowhere in the sermon does Thomas refer to the candidacy of Donald Trump for president. Yet, the sermon is going viral on the Internet and is likely to be repeated in evangelical sermons in churches across the country in the last three weeks of the presidential campaign.
Thomas’ point is that Cyrus the Great, a brutal dictator, was raised up by God to serve God’s purpose in returning the Jews, God’s chosen people, to the land of Israel.
In the sermon, Thomas asks the faithful to contemplate that those anointed by God to serve God’s biblical purposes need not be perfect in their devotion to God or the morality of their lives.
Rev. Thomas is a great speaker, and has an Irish accent to boot, which I enjoy. You can hear his sermon HERE.