- Nebuchadnezzar’s people lived in poverty while he enjoyed luxury.
- He developed boanthropy, a psychological illness that caused him to believe he was an ox.
- His ailment humbled him, and when his sanity was restored, he remained humble and honored God.
An ancient king. A modern president. Nebuchadnezzar vs Trump. Nebuchadnezzar restored Babylon to its former glory and metamorphosed it “into a city of light.” In 2016, President Trump promised to make America great again and transform it into a national beacon of equal rights and racial justice. Economic progress was being made until the onslaught of COVID-19; advancement toward greater social justice remains a subject of contention.
According to Meg Bucher, Nebuchadnezzar was the most powerful king of Babylon who “wrestled with his own sovereignty.” He was arrogant and conceited. He remained a despot with an ego that equaled his power. He became enraged whenever friends didn’t bow before his statue.
King Nebuchadnezzar conquered Syria, Palestine and the kingdom of Judah and destroyed Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem. He oversaw the forced detention of the Jews in Babylonia, a period in history known as the Babylonian Captivity or Exile. The Exile continued for some sixty years and led to one of the earliest Jewish Diasporas. Nebuchadnezzar’s people lived in poverty while he enjoyed luxury.
As a conqueror, Nebuchadnezzar killed, tortured and even deported citizens of the nations he attacked. He was punished for his lack of humility and excessive ego. He developed boanthropy, a psychological illness that caused him to believe he was an ox.
For seven years Nebuchadnezzar lived like a farm animal. He was totally separated from other humans and ate grass like the animal he imagined himself to be. His ailment humbled him, and when his sanity was restored, he remained humble and honored God.
King Nebuchadnezzar remains a famous Bible and historical character. He inspired Giuseppe Verdi’s opera titled Nabucco, but his lasting accomplishment was the construction of the famous Hanging Gardens built to placate his homesick wife.
Like King Nebuchadnezzar, President Trump often displays egotism, anger and pride. He exhibits little, if any, tolerance during press conferences and has been known to lash out at reporters attempting to do their jobs. In his interaction with reporters, his rudeness can at times be understood because of the reporters belligerence toward the President, but even in short monologues President Trump often disparages competitors and individuals for whom he has little, if any, respect. He has conducted policy that echoed adherence to personal interests rather than a code of ethics and success of the United States.
President Trump has enjoyed major accomplishments as president. In the Middle East, he has reduced the number of U.S. troops and has brokered major peace treaties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Israel and Bahrain. Ultimately, the President hopes that he and his team can achieve a lasting Middle East peace.
Prior to COVID-19, President Trump had promoted economic growth and increased U.S. employment. He had reduced the marginal tax rate for small businesses and had encouraged the FDA to approve more affordable drugs. He has encouraged significant economic recovery after the onslaught of the corona virus.
While President Trump has enjoyed considerable success both economically and diplomatically, the number of Americans who trust him, even those in his political camp, is unknown. Only a small percentage of nations feel he will consistently make the right move in the conduct of diplomacy. Many traditional U.S. partners and allies seem to have minimal confidence in his behavior as it relates to them.
Unless President Trump can reduce his unusual display of pride, show greater tolerance and compassion and control his anger, he will continue to be driven away from people, be forced to live a lonely life and be drenched with psychological dew much as King Nebuchadnezzar was often wet with morning dew. It is unlikely that he will develop boanthropy, but he could suffer from a reputation similar to that of Nebuchadnezzar for generations to come.
Nebuchadnezzar was punished for seven years for his lack of humility and excessive pride by being reduced to a lonely animal life; President Trump can suffer for his egotism the remainder of his life by failing in his reelection bid.