On Thursday, the annual National Prayer Breakfast was held in Washington as part of the National Day of Prayer. Instituted by President Eisenhower at the suggestion of Billy Graham, the event has traditionally brought together people from across the political spectrum to pray for our country and its leaders. It’s also tradition that the President speaks at the Breakfast.
This year, the Day of Prayer and the Prayer Breakfast could not possibly have come at a better time. Earlier in the week, the impeachment trial concluded after a bitter partisan debate, so partisan that only one person in both the House and the Senate voted contrary to their Party’s leadership. Coming right after that vote, the nation probably needed nothing more than people of all political persuasions praying for our country as we go forward.
The President walked in carrying a copy of a paper above his head with the headline ‘Acquitted’.
In a keynote address before Trump’s speech, Arthur Brooks, a Harvard professor and president of a conservative think tank, had decried a “crisis of contempt and polarization” and urged his listeners to ”love your enemies.”
“I don’t know if I agree with you,” said Trump as he got up to begin his remarks
There was more-much more- but let’s stop there.
For those Christian friends who believe that President Trump became a Christian during the campaign, as reported by a couple of evangelical leaders, Thinking Man will just let that comment sit. It’s one thing not to quite live up to what we say we believe—we all are guilty of that, and possibly Thinking Man more than many. But to publicly deny the very words of Jesus is not something a Christian does. But then, President Trump’s daily evidence of his personal character should long ago have convinced any person of that.
Whatever you think of his policies, President Trump is not a moral, decent man. And more, he is proud of and publicly declares his disdain for those who want to aspire to a higher purpose. Never again can Christians who support Trump be able to say that character matters in a government leader.