May 21, 2022

Yes, a billboard linked Trump’s image to a Bible verse about Jesus

In mid-September 2021, social media users were surprised by a photograph of a billboard featuring a biblical quote that appeared to compare former US President Donald Trump to Jesus, the central figure in the Christian religion.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the billboard was on Highway 27 in the town of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, but was removed on September 13, 2021. It contained part of a prophetic Bible verse from the book of Isaiah. , and a photo of Trump, leading some to conclude that the billboard was comparing Trump to a deity, if not Jesus.

An image of the billboard was posted on Twitter by Washington Post reporter Eugene Scott:

Although the sign reads “Romans 8:17” in the lower right, the verse is actually the first part of Isaiah 9:6. Isaiah 9:6 in its entirety reads, in the King James Version:

“For a child is born unto us, a son is given unto us, and dominion shall rest upon his shoulder, and he shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

The verse is familiar and, as Free Times Press editor Clint Cooper pointed out, “Christians and Bible scholars believe the words prophesy the coming of Jesus Christ.” In fact, as Cooper pointed out later, the verse is the refrain from Handel’s “Messiah.”

Romans 8:17 reads, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ; if at least we suffer with him, so that we may also be glorified together.

We’ve contacted Reagan, the billboard company listed at the bottom of the panel, to ask why it was taken down, and will update if we receive a response. Cooper contacted Reagan’s managing director, Scott Hibberts, who told him that the company did not reveal the identities of customers.