KERRY HUBARTT: How about some rationality and reason with Trump?
I don’t know of anyone who believes that Donald Trump is perfect. And while some evangelical Christians may have been heard to say that he is God’s man to be president at this time, that doesn’t mean he’s a godly man.
Liberals, Democrats and, yes, even some Republicans dislike President Trump to a level I’m not sure I’ve seen before. And they look at those who support the president as deplorable (thank you, Hillary Clinton), idiots, ignorant religious fanatics, et al. His opponents seem to blindly dismiss anything the man says or does, even things they themselves have advocated in the past.
How about some rationality and reason? For one thing, believing Trump is God’s man to lead the country at this time doesn’t mean believing Trump is a man of God. God has a history of using all kinds of people to do his will.
But as he did during his State of the Union Address last month, the president has often invoked the providence and power of God in directing the course of this nation. And this week his words at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., were among the most evangelical I have ever heard from a president.
He espoused the belief that God has a uniquely Christian purpose for the United States. He said that “as long as we open our hearts to God’s grace, America will be free, the land of the free, the home of the brave and the light to all nations.”
He also said, “America is a nation of believers, and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer.”
Trump noted that God is mentioned four times by the Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence, that our currency declares “In God We Trust” and our Pledge of Allegiance states, “We are one nation, under God.”
He pointed out that the words “praise be to God” are etched on top of the Washington Monument and said “those same words are etched in the hearts of people. … Our rights are not given to us by men, our rights are given to us from our creator. No matter what, no earthly force can take those rights away.”
And he even quoted scripture to the delight of evangelicals, addressing Sen. Steve Scalise, the survivor of a shooting last year, saying “Your presence reminds us of Jesus’ words in the book of Matthew, ‘with God all things are possible.'”
I realize that actions speak louder than words. And anyone can tailor their words to the audience they want to impress. But the words of this president (not necessarily the tweets) have often been extraordinary as they were Thursday and have consistently matched those from the presidential campaign that led many Americans to vote for him in the first place.
Trump’s words at the prayer breakfast were inspiring and encouraging to his supporters while scorned by his critics. Only God knows if they came from his heart.
Kerry Hubartt is the former editor of The News-Sentinel.