Some may not like his style, but facts are facts and one can not dispute Donald Trump is accomplishing much needed objectives for those of Christian faith. No, I would not want him to take the lead as my Bible studies teacher; that was not the reason I voted him into the oval office. Religious teaching is not one of his gifts. Business sense, leadership and making deals are President Trump’s gifts.
Writing as someone blessed not as one included in a “basket of deplorables”, and under my own initiative with no order from my husband, I respectfully believe one day a “powerful woman” with America’s interest at heart will lead this country. But today, I am thankful for President Trump.
Had Mr. Trump not been elected, many changes for the betterment of religious living would not have occurred. Listed are a few prominent ideas that the Trump Administration placed in effect.
President Trump took exact steps for religious freedom in his Administration.
1.“Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty,” Executive Order
Signed May 4, 2017, this document protects the freedom of Americans and their organizations to exercise religion and participate fully in civic life without undue interference by the Federal Government.
“Section 1. Policy. It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law’s robust protections for religious freedom. The Founders envisioned a Nation in which religious voices and views were integral to a vibrant public square, and in which religious people and institutions were free to practice their faith without fear of discrimination or retaliation by the Federal Government. For that reason, the United States Constitution enshrines and protects the fundamental right to religious liberty as Americans’ first freedom. Federal law protects the freedom of Americans and their organizations to exercise religion and participate fully in civic life without undue interference by the Federal Government. The executive branch will honor and enforce those protections.”
Examples of the positive influence of this order in the private sector include the religious freedom of people like baker Jack Phillips who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs. With this order, “The DOJ’s message to courts that it favors protecting the religious freedom of people … shows that the executive branch is prioritizing the First Amendment and religious liberty.”
And within the government, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service stated employees and supervisors are “free to engage in speech about religion. [They may] also express their sincere religious views without fear of sanctions.” Employers may “display religious icons, religious pamphlets, or faith-based messages in publicly available work areas or on public websites”. Most important, USDA employees “must act to avoid the limiting or chilling of protected speech.”
2. “Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative” Executive Order:
Signed on May 3, 2018, and designed to provide religious advocates in the White House, this Executive Order provides recommendations on policy affecting faith-based programs. The office will help faith-based organizations have access to government funding and the right to exercise their faith.
“The Initiative shall, from time to time and consistent with applicable law, consult with and seek information from experts and various faith and community leaders from outside the Federal Government, including those from State, local, and tribal governments,”
3. Jerusalem recognized as Israel’s capital.
On December 6, 2017, President Trump kept his promise and announced the United States recognitions Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He then moved our embassy to Jerusalem. Presidents Clinton, George W. and Obama all declared Jerusalem the capital, though only Clinton and George W. promised to move our embassy, but neither did.
Both Israel and their Arab neighbors have deep ties to Jerusalem. Christians, Jews and Muslims have their holy sites there.
- For Christians, Jesus Christ died and then resurrected there.
- Jews have the Temple Mount with the Western Wall.
- Muslims have the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Asqa Mosque.
In 1980 Israel declared Jerusalem their “complete and united” capital. But the United Nations waits on negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians because they also claim the area.
4. Record number of conservative judges nominated.
- Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court.
- President Trump has nominated over 75 Federal judges.
- Twenty-eight judges have been confirmed, including a record-setting 14 circuit judges.
5. Assistance to changes in abortion funding.
- In his first week as President, Trump reinstated and expanded theMexico City Policy, preventing $9 billion in U.S. foreign aid pertaining to abortions.
- The President de-funded a U.N. agency for colluding with China’s program for forced abortion and sterilization.
- He worked with Congress on a bill overturning an Obama regulation prohibiting States from defunding abortion service providers.
6. President Trump and His Administration Openly Pray and Praise
Acknowledgement of God publicly by America’s leaders, is a tradition that follows our founding fathers.
Donald Trump is not the most religious president to sit in the oval office. By some opinions, since the swearing in of our first president in 1789, other “more religious” presidents have sat in the chair before Trump:
The country’s very 1st elected president, George Washington wrote “…the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.”
To support the claim that America was founded on Christian principles, read what John Adams, our 2nd president, wrote: “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”
James Madison, our 4th president said, “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
Here is something Grover Cleveland, our 22nd and 24th president, said, that Americans in government should remember today: “I know there is a Supreme Being who rules the affairs of men and whose goodness and mercy have always followed the American people, and I know He will not turn from us now if we humbly and reverently seek His powerful aid.”
William McKinley was our 25h president. He lived his life with no drinking, swearing, smoking or other “sins” and believed religion should be shared.
Before serving as the 39th president, Jimmy Carter, actually went into neighborhoods knocking on doors, speaking to anyone willing to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.
And our 43rd president, George W. Bush, when asked at a debate in the 1999 Republican primary which philosopher he most identified with, he replied: “Christ—because he changed my heart.”
There have been no declared atheists as president, and all have claimed some type of religious affiliation.
Donald Trump may not be the most active-in-his-faith president, but his conservative works for the betterment of Christian faith, service, worship, speech and rights allow Christian pastors to continue freely preaching God’s word from American pulpits without fear of persecution.
That blessing, I believe, would have drastically changed had the extreme liberal left been elected into office, if what Hillary Clinton proclaimed in a pro-abortion speech came to pass:
“…and deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
Sorry far left liberals, but God can not and will not change to fit into the confusing program of society’s provocative idea to change norms. Otherwise, God would not be God.
God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow;
steadfast in who He claims to be since Adam.
Numbers 23:19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
Conservative values are not what make me a Christian.
Christians know, when we mess up and sin we can then confess our sin to God, say we are sorry, and ask His forgiveness. Christianity comes from believing the Son of God came to earth, proclaimed His identity then was crucified for being who He is.
On the third day Jesus rose from the dead, and now sits at the right hand of His Father, God. The Good News is anyone who believes Jesus carried their sin on the cross, died then resurrected, will one day enjoy eternal life with Him!
I Timothy 2:1-4 states we are to pray for all those in authority. Remember to thank God for blessings He showers upon America, and may He never turn His back to us.