Photo from the Donald J. Trump state park, by Emily Guendelsberger.
An adaption of 1 Kings 22, by Ramone Romero.
The president of America brought together the prophets from the eighty percent of the house of the Lord who had supported him. He sought their blessing, their prayers, and their further support as he moved ahead with his plans to expel foreigners, tax the poor, favor the rich, exploit the environment, prepare for war, and more.
“Go forward,” the charismatic prophets answered, “for the Lord has given you victory.”
But someone asked, “Is there no longer a prophet of the Lord here whom we can inquire of?”
The president answered, “There are still some, but I hate them because they never prophesy anything good about me, but always bad—fake news.”
So the president called one of his officials and said, “Bring me one of these. Bring me a Micaiah.”
Dressed in suits, the president of America, his advisors and his party were standing on their campaign stages, with all the prophets prophesying before them. Some had brought shofars and trumpets, declaring, “This is what the Lord says: ‘You will be like a trumpet for the Lord and for righteousness in the world.’” All the other prophets were prophesying the same thing. “You have been appointed and anointed, and you will be victorious,” they said.
The messenger who had gone to summon the Micaiah said to him, “Look, the other prophets without exception are predicting success for the president. Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favorably.”
But the Micaiah said, “As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what the Lord tells me.”
When he arrived, the president asked him, “Micaiah, what do you say?”
“You will be victorious,” he answered, “for the Lord has appointed and anointed you.”
The president said to him, “You usually agree with the fake news about me. Are you telling me the truth now?”
Then Micaiah answered, “I saw all America scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd, and the Lord said, ‘These people have no master. Let each one go home in peace.’”
The president said to his officials, “Didn’t I tell you that they never prophesy anything good about me, but only bad?”
The Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left. And the Lord said, ‘America has wavered between those who follow Me and the rebellious ways America began in which are against My ways. Who will entice the leaders of America into increasing their destructive ways, so that I may bring justice to them?’ “One suggested this, and another that. Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will entice him.’ “‘By what means?’ the Lord asked. “‘I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said. “‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the Lord. ‘They are ready and waiting for you. I will allow it. Go and do it.’ “So now the Lord has allowed a deceiving spirit to speak in the mouths of all these prophets of yours. The Lord has decreed disaster.”
Then the prophets denounced him as a liberal, anti-American, a hater, and a jihadist.
“Which way did the spirit from the Lord go when he went from us to speak to you?” they asked.
The Micaiah replied, “You will find out on the day the Lord comes, and you try to hide from Him as He separates the sheep from the goats.”