Thursday was the National Day of Prayer, and during the observance at the White House, President Trump announced the creation of the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative. It’s a new office aimed at protecting Americans’ religious liberty. Trump said it “will help design new policies that recognize the vital role of faith in our families, our communities and our great country.” Trump also issued an executive order that “It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law’s robust protections for religious freedom.” It also instructs the IRS not to target churches or faith-based groups because they speak out on political or moral issues from a religious perspective. You can read more details at the link.
I continue to hear liberals questioning why Evangelicals back Trump when he does so many things of which they should disapprove: his sometimes blue language, his background as a playboy, etc. Part of it is our community believes in forgiveness and redemption, so we don’t necessary hold things that people did years ago against them today. We also don’t hold people to unreasonable standards of perfection because we realize there was only one perfect person among us, and that was 2,000 years ago. We tend to judge people more by their current actions, and there’s no question that Trump has been the best President at protecting religious liberties since…well, possibly ever. Many Presidents have paid lip service to protecting religious freedom but not taken much action. Trump didn’t just make campaign promises, he’s keeping and surpassing them
Maybe Trump has also seemed to be a godsend partly because he followed eight years of the most hostile administration to religious liberties since…definitely ever. During the Obama era, each new day seemed to bring a new assault on religious believers until the government was actually suing a charitable order of impoverished nuns in federal court to force them to pay for abortion drugs and contraceptives. If you’d made that part of the plot of a novel in 2007, critics would have dismissed it as the paranoid ravings of a right-wing conspiracy nut. So if some Christians view Trump as being like the answer to a prayer for an oasis after eight years in the desert, it’s really not that hard to understand.
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