Evangelical leaders: Trump is generation's most 'faith-friendly pres.'

Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Trump prays with pastors after HarveyIn less than a month, President Donald Trump was called the most “faith-friendly president” in this generation by two of America’s top evangelical leaders.

Most recently, evangelical leader Paula White – who serves as a member of the advisory board on the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative, which is being established by Trump’s new executive order – described the president as America’s greatest champion of Christianity and religious freedom in modern history.

"He is the most – as many people have said – the most faith-friendly president that they have known in their lifetime," White told CBN News. "We had over 1,800 faith leaders come through the White House alone. I believe this year we will double or triple that, so he continues to reach out first and foremost in prayer."

Tapping America’s Christian roots

Trump’s eagerness to let leaders of the faith community play influential roles in the nation’s capital to strengthen American society was emphasized in his recent proclamation.

"I will soon be signing an executive order to create a faith initiative at the White House," Trump announced, according to CBN News. "The faith initiative will help design new policies that recognize the vital role of faith in our families, our communities and our great country."

It is believed that the initiative will work to pioneer a new and augmented relationship between the bureaucrats in Washington and faith-based organizations across the United States.

"All departments that have faith offices and all federal offices will have a liaison appointed so that the departments, along with the White House – the president's agenda – can work together with several initiatives,” White explained. "There are initiatives, of course, for religious freedom: reducing crime, prison reform, poverty, marriage and family, human sex trafficking, [and] several others that are important and on the heart of our president."  

Earlier this month, First Baptist Dallas Senior Pastor Robert Jeffress – who also serves on Trump’s evangelical advisory board – contended that with the president’s faith initiative executive order, he is ending the U.S. government’s longstanding assault on religious freedom.”

"What I am saying to people is that this executive order marks the end of the 60-year-old governmental war on religious liberty," Jeffress maintained on Fox and Friends, according to The Christian Post (CP). "The fact is, it is not a road map – a detailed road map – it's a compass saying [that] government is changing direction."

He went on to commend the anticipated effect of the pro-Christian initiative and compare Trump to other modern presidents – and ones dating back to the nation’s founding – who fought to protect Americans’ right to express and live out their faith.

"Instead of assaulting religious liberty, it's going to protect it," Jeffress insisted. "Look, as revered as Ronald Reagan and George Bush were by evangelicals, neither they – nor any other president – has taken the bold, courageous action of this president, which is why I say without hesitation [that] President Donald Trump is the most faith-friendly president in U.S. history."

Reestablishing faith in the White House

More top evangelicals, including Faith and Freedom Coalition Founder and Chairman Ralph Reed, asserted that Trump’s new initiative is ending former President Barack Obama’s secular move that ran evangelical leaders and their influence out of the White House.

"His executive order is bringing it back to the White House," Reed announced, according to CBN News. "Barack Obama moved it over to the Department of Health and Human Services – and if you're not in the White House, frankly, you're not where the action is."  

He said that the order will allow Christians to be Christians – especially those with biblically aligned hearts to serve those in need.

"What we really are going to be doing is rallying armies of faith and compassion that are caring for the poor, the marginalized, those in prison, those who have been left behind," Reed stressed. "The faith community has a lot to offer in that area, and I commend the president for tapping into that resource."

The Christian leader also emphasized the importance of the government allowing Christian ministries and faith-based humanitarian aid organizations to do their job without interference and not have to fight secular groups that erroneously try to use the “separation of church and state” argument to ban federally funded churches and religious institutions from assisting the afflicted in their time of need.

"[About] 90 percent of all the homeless shelters in America are either operated by a church or a ministry or a faith-based organization,” Reed informed. “Whenever there's a natural disaster – whether it's Operation Blessing or the Salvation Army or the American Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention or Catholic Charities – they're right there on the front lines after a hurricane, after an earthquake, after wildfires … whatever it is, offering love and compassion to people who need it."

Championing the birthplace of Christianity

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman recently met with Evangelical Advisory Board members and expressed how the Trump administration has forged a common bond with evangelicals – especially after moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to acknowledge the City of David as Israel’s legitimate capital – to the displeasure of the terrorist-led Palestinians and most of the Muslim world.

Pastor Mario Bramnick of Latino Coalition for Israel also impressed how the president is making strides to ensure that the faith community is working hand-in-hand with the government to better society.

"As you know, the evangelical community was very key in the election of President Trump and very key in prayer and being able to speak to the president – even regarding the movement of the embassy," Bramnick pointed out. "We went to the Oval Office after the decision to thank the president for his bold action, and as I mentioned in the meeting, many came against the president, but he still did the right thing and we're so honored to have a president who promises something and does what he promises."

Trump’s boldness and commitment to forward a biblical agenda was also lauded a couple weeks ago at the U.S. Embassy’s dedication ceremony by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“What a glorious day – remember this moment,” Netanyahu proclaimed at the time, according to Breitbart News. “This is history – President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history. All of us are deeply moved – all of us are deeply grateful.”

The dedication also marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel (1948), and the prime minister took the opportunity to reinforce Israel’s respect for and partnership with the U.S.

“Today, the embassy of the most powerful nation on Earth; our greatest ally – the United States of America – today its embassy opened here,” Netanyahu announced. “Thank you, President Trump, for having the courage to keep your promises.”

 

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