The mainstream media, which is decidedly made up of avowed liberal secularists, occasionally insinuates that President Donald Trump is not a religious man and does not appeal to conservative Christians. This is not true at all.
Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas flew out to Washington, D.C., in order to join President Trump and many others at an event to celebrate veterans. He said Trump “has exceeded our expectations” and is “one of the great patriots of our modern era” (via Fox News).
The entire event, called the Freedom Rally, included speeches and music, showing the nexus between true patriotism and God. Veterans were present from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (via Dallas News).
President Trump’s rally decisively showed that majority of Americans are steadfastly behind the president and his faith-filled, patriotic message.
After asserting that “America is a land rich with heroes,” President Trump further added the eternal truth that “Our religious liberty is enshrined in the very First Amendment in the Bill of Rights.”
Therefore, President Trump acknowledged that his administration would not follow the same repressive secularism of Barrack Obama, who misinterpreted the separation of church and state as a call for unlimited and enforced state secularism.
In fact, Trump has proven his commitment to religious liberty in several ways, including through an executive order he signed in May with the purpose of “formulating and implementing policies with implications for the religious liberty of persons and organizations in America, and to further compliance with the Constitution …”
For his part, Pastor Jeffress called President Trump a “true American patriot” and a friend who is committed to honoring our military veterans and “restoring the greatest freedom of all — the free exercise of our faith.”
Unbeknownst to many, President Trump is a lifelong Christian and a denominational Presbyterian, part of the Protestant tradition. However, it was minister Dr. Norman Vincent Peale who perhaps had the most profound effect on a younger Donald Trump.
President Trump has claimed that Dr. Peale’s book The Power of Positive Thinking is what inspired him to go out and achieve his dreams of rebuilding the New York City skyline.
Many left-leaning Christians, especially those who embrace communism or “liberation theology,” might call the Freedom Rally a display of imperial “Caesarism.” They may point and scoff and say: “This is idolatry and the worship of the state.”
These critics should listen to the words of Jesus and St. Paul. In Matthew 22:21, Jesus tells his followers to “Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
In the Book of Romans, St. Paul tells Christians: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
As Christians, we do not worship the state. However, there is a place for government in civilized society, as ordained by God Himself for our good. Therefore, Pastor Jeffress is right to celebrate President Trump and the new mood of patriotism that is sweeping the nation after eights years of the Obama White House.