“Those who do not have faith lose their ability to reason.” ~ Father of Covington Catholic School student accosted by adult Native American and Black Hebrew Israelite activists during the March for Life, January 20, 2019.
Have you noticed? Reason seems to be in very short supply, not only in our own darkening culture, but around the world. One would only have to read back through the annals of history to know it’s true: When holiness is rejected, reason is lost. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has just signed a new law allowing abortion right up to the moment of birth for virtually any reason; and just a few years ago that same governor declared that pro-life Americans “have no place in the state of New York.” In contrast, President Trump recently sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowing, “I believe it is the most basic duty of government to guard the innocent. With that in mind, I will veto any legislation that weakens current pro-life Federal policies and laws, or that encourages the destruction of innocent human life at any stage.”
Whether we call ourselves Democrat, Republican, Independent, or whatever, we must admit that the left’s hostility to faith has been growing for years. Sunday’s attack on a group of Catholic high-school kids is actually an attack on every parent trying to teach their children to love and cherish traditional Christian or Orthodox Jewish values. The left tried to portray the Covington students—and especially young Nick Sandmann— as villains, but their real intent was to intimidate people of faith into silence and submission. If we fail to stand firm now, all that we care about will be lost.
Here’s a snippet of our new President’s inaugural statement in 2016: “We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God … It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag. And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same Almighty Creator …”
I don’t know if I’d like President Trump if I actually met him. He certainly wasn’t my guy in 2016—his gold-plated personal life, apparent opportunism and lack of any ideology at all troubled me. I couldn’t stand his “You’re fired!” persona on “The Apprentice”—never watched it in spite of all the hype. I didn’t like his public image then and I don’t know if I’d like him now; though most people who do know him say he treats them with courtesy and kindness. Men of God I’ve respected for years, like Tony Perkins and Franklin Graham and Vice President Pence call him friend, so… I might like the president… I just don’t know.
I do know, however, that I don’t like some of the things he does. I don’t like his New York braggadocio, or his instinct to belittle or cut people off at the knees if they cross him. I don’t like his impulse to come out swinging at his detractors and keep on swinging until he feels he’s won. I wish he’d stop the profanity and taunting tone of his tweets. His mocking and labeling his opponents with derogatory nicknames often makes me cringe. His past infidelity and public self-indulgence made me sad; but I’m even sadder that in his world it’s the norm. He’s only one in a long line of presidents who chose not to honor their marriage vows. He was just much more public than the Kennedys and Roosevelts—maybe more like the Clintons—though I do think that if he was living that life right now we’d most certainly see it on every newscast and tabloid in the land. I don’t know if I’d like him if I met him, but…
I do like many things about his presidency. I admire his genius in using social media to get his message out in the face of such an aggressively hostile press. I like his courage in calling out and standing, often alone, against the entrenched, un-elected bureaucracies that have controlled our lives far too long. I love that he’s the most consistent, courageous, out-spoken pro-life president we’ve had in generations. I’m gratified that he’s willing to challenge today’s popular opinion in order to protect God-given rights like religious liberty and freedom of speech. I’m relieved that the ranks of liberal activist judges who use their power to rewrite our laws are finally being tempered with Constitutionalist jurists who know their job is to interpret the law, not write it. I think his patriotic spirit and unabashed love for this country are a breath of fresh air in an age when it’s no longer politically correct.
I admire this president’s resolve to protect our borders and honor our traditions and individuality. I’m happy that my America is once again respected and recognized internationally as a leader and that conventional wisdoms of “possible” and “impossible” are being turned on their heads. I welcome his tax-reduction and regulation-cutting programs. I find great hope that we’re truly energy independent for the first time in my lifetime; that manufacturing and production industries are returning to our shores and that small businesses are once again thriving.
I’m in awe of this president’s steadfastness in the face of all that’s arrayed against him. No other president since Ronald Reagan has found the courage to stand against the combined forces of the so-called press, the entire Democrat party, the establishment wing of the Republican party and a woefully uninformed electorate without crumbling. I believe he’s totally committed to actually keeping his promises to the American people, unlike most politicians and other presidents of the past. My heart is touched by his obvious love and respect for our military and law enforcement and it absolutely melts to see his genuine tenderness with children. And I’m most encouraged that he still meets and prays with a group of Christian leaders on a regular basis.
Do I think he’s a Christian? Not a clue. He says so, and that’s between him and his God. I wish he’d display a more Christ-like attitude toward his enemies, but I’m grateful we have a president who stands for Christian values and defends our right to worship as we see fit. I do know God uses the most improbable of servants to achieve His purposes (Numbers 22) and He can use an imperfect president to redeem this nation in spite of our foolishness (II Chronicles 7:14).
Satan hates those who serve the Lord, and it does seem that the most virulent hatred of President Trump comes from those who hate the name of Jesus, so whether that implies a personal relationship with Him or only the values for which he stands, one can only hope… and pray that reason may once again live in America.