Trump Calls U.S. a ‘Nation of Believers’ at National Prayer Breakfast
At this year’s National Prayer Breakfast, President Donald Trump said we’re a nation of believers and are strengthened by the power of prayer.
President Donald Trump followed the lead of every president since Dwight D. Eisenhower, delivering a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday.
“America is a nation of believers and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer,” Trump said.
He pointed out that America’s founding fathers “invoked the Creator four times in the Declaration of Independence,” that our money U.S. carries the message, “In God We Trust” and that Americans “place our hands on our hearts as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and proclaim we are one nation under God.”
It’s important to remind ourselves that while religion freedom played a role in the founding of our country, not everyone who is an American is a believer.
Statistics show the majority of U.S. adults self-identify as “Christian,” but the Pew Research Center says that number is slowly falling; between 2007 and 2014, the number of adults who say they are Christians dropped from 78.4% to 70.6%. Those of non-Christian faiths edged up slightly from 4.7% to 5.9%, but those who say they’re “unaffiliated” had the largest increase, moving up from 16.1% to 22.8%.
Trump made no policy promises at this year’s event, which I think is as it should be: a prayer breakfast shouldn’t be a political event, since no political party speaks for all believers. Last year, for example, Trump promised an end to the Johnson Amendment, a tax code provision preventing churches and other nonprofits from endorsing or opposing political candidates.
I’m glad that hasn’t happened because getting political isn’t what churches are there for. I think it’s much better for churches to focus on God and let their members make their own conclusions about who they should and shouldn’t vote for.
I’ve found the majority of pastors who do imply which party to side with are too quick to ignore examples of policy and initiatives that seem to go against Christ’s teachings.
Trump said “we praise God for how truly blessed we are to be American” and added no earthly force can take away the rights found in America’s founding documents.
That last one is a bit jarring. While it’s certainly the kind of thing one should expect at a prayer breakfast, are we sure that “no earthly force” should be feared? It’d be nice to be able to believe that. But if we genuinely do, one has to wonder why we seem to fear keeping our borders open and threats like North Korea.
If we have God’s unwavering protection, then what do we have to fear?