If there’s one area where the left has always felt it can drive a wedge between the cultural right and President Donald Trump, it’s been on religion. The president’s past marital history and occasional gaffes on religious issues get pounced upon by pundits: “A-ha! He’s not really one of you!”
This is always followed with the strident demand that the conservative believer abandon both Trump and his party — leading America, by default, over to a party that supports unlimited abortion on demand, refuses to recognize that there might be any merit to the idea that there are two sexes and that those sexes are decided at birth and views the profession of Christian belief in any public space as little short of an abomination.
Even if Trump was the biggest ecclesiastical charlatan since Robert Tilton, this argument still doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to Christians. This becomes especially true when the courts are set to decide the most important set of abortion cases in decades and there’s a backlog of appointments that need to be made to the federal bench.
Even the worst RINO whose only religious affiliation was with the Church of the Subgenius would probably make better decisions for Christian voters on this level than a member of a political party whose chairman recently tried to chase away anyone (literally anyone) in it who believed life began at conception.
However, one gets the feeling that, for all his mistakes, Trump is at least a true believer where it counts — particularly when it comes to protecting the life of the unborn.
Take, for instance, his remarks earlier this week at the annual gala of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization named after the women’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement.
Trump didn’t exactly sound like a religious novitiate or someone who had the shibboleths of Christian belief spoon-fed to him by speechwriters. (Indeed, feeding anything to Trump via a speechwriter usually doesn’t end well in any circumstance).
Instead, reading excerpts from the president’s remarks at CNS News, I was struck by the cogency of and the passion in what the president said.
“As the Lord says in Jeremiah, ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I set you apart,’” Trump told the crowd.
“When a mother and a father hold a new baby in their arms, they are changed forever. When a child says ‘mommy’ or ‘daddy’ for the first time, there is nothing like it anywhere in the world. No matter what you do, there is nothing like it. And when parents watch their children thrive and grow, they’re filled with joy beyond words, and a love beyond measure. You know that — everybody in this room.”
“When we look into the eyes of a newborn child, there is no doubt we see the beauty of the human soul and the mystery of God’s great creation. We know that every life has meaning and that every life is totally worth protecting,” he continued.
“When we stand for life, we stand for the true source of America’s greatness. It’s our people. Our people are great. It’s the people who grace our lives, who sustain our communities, and who make America a nation, a home, and this magnificent land that we all love so much.
“As long as we have faith in our citizens, confidence in our values, and trust in our God, then we will never, ever fail. Our nation will thrive. Our people will prosper. And America will be greater than ever before. And that’s what’s happening.”
I’ve said this before when discussing the president’s faith: I don’t profess to know what’s in his heart, as I am neither his Creator nor the liberal pundits who, while professing little faith themselves, claim to be able to espy its absence with 100 percent certainty in elected Republican officials.
What I will say is this: I agree with what the president said wholeheartedly. I think it’s great that he pulled out the Bible’s best-known passage involving the unborn and why they are to be protected. He didn’t need to pull out passages like Jeremiah 20:17 (“Because he did not kill me before birth, So that my mother would have been my grave, And her womb ever pregnant”) or Exodus 21:22-25 (“If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no lasting harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman’s husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if any lasting harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe”) to prove that he knew the Bible says life begins at conception.
He didn’t have to. We know these things. In one passage from the Bible, he proved why no true Christian can legitimately consider abandoning the Republican Party or its leader in this grave hour, no matter how many earthly problems there may be with them.
Nor, in fact, do I think the inclusion of Jeremiah 1:5 was the handiwork of a speechwriter, given the president’s open antipathy toward anyone who thinks they can shove some words in his brain via a teleprompter.
Furthermore, Trump touched on some of the earthly ways we can simply know these Biblical truths are self-evident. The fact that we are changed by parenthood in ways that are impossible to fathom. The fact that we understand that life outside of the womb is worth protecting, yet somehow have been led to believe what’s inside the womb isn’t truly life. The joy of nurturing life, through all of its ups and downs, until that life is ready to start a life and a family of its own.
The next time we hear some panel argument on MSNBC questioning how evangelicals can continue to support the president despite what allegedly happened with Stormy Daniels 13 years ago — or one of your liberal acquaintances decides to parrot whatever was said in that televised den of iniquity — you can simply point them to what Trump said this week and then ask them to compare it to Tom Perez’s demand that every Democrat with the slightest bit of Christian decency left in them bow down to the secular god of abortion until birth or leave the party.
If they still can’t fathom it after that, I’m not sure what can be done for them.
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