2017 National Prayer Breakfast: Trump, Media Bias, and Profound Truth

Craig HueyChurch, Culture, Donald Trump, Faith, First Amendment, Religious Liberty2 Comments

2017 National Prayer Breakfast: Trump, Media Bias, and Profound Truth

President Trump spoke at his first annual National Prayer Breakfast.

What he said was awesome! What the media reported was disgusting.

Among the distinguished guests who attended, this year’s guests were:

  • King Abdullah of Jordan
  • Mark Burnett, the producer of reality TV shows like “Survivor” and “The Apprentice”
  • Senator John Boozman of Arkansas
  • Senator Chris Coons of Delaware
  • Roma Downey
  • Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen
  • And many other elected and appointed officials

Trump speaks at his first inaugural breakfast (Credit: Gospel Herald)

The keynote speech was from Barry Black, the chaplain of the United States Senate. He spoke to the audience about prayer, and how to do it. He cited a specific verse:

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20)

Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California also spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast.

In his speech, Trump praised staff and attendees.

He spoke at length about William Ryan Owens, a Navy SEAL who was killed in Yemen.

He also quoted Scripture:

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)

He also stressed his strong commitment to protect religious liberty and this country’s needs to seek God and ask Him for wisdom.

He pledged to repeal the Johnson Amendment one and for all:

“I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.”

Of course, in their ongoing biased fashion, the media ignored Trump’s frequent appeals and references to God and country, and fell apart over Trump’s little joke. Trump took a quick jab at his Apprentice replacement, movie star and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Let’s pray for his ratings.”

What was really remarkable, though, was how well Trump echoed Reagan’s commitment to strengthen this country’s commitment to Biblical principles.

Ronald Reagan at his 1983 prayer meeting once said:

“Of the many influences that have shaped the United States into a distinctive nation and people, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible.

“The Bible and its teachings helped form the basis for the Founding Fathers’ abiding belief in the inalienable rights of the individual, rights which they found implicit in the Bible’s teachings of the inherent worth and dignity of each individual.”

Check out Trump’s full remarks below:

Here’s US Senate Chaplain Barry Black’s comments:

Let me know what you think. Email me at craig@electionforum.org.

2 Comments on “2017 National Prayer Breakfast: Trump, Media Bias, and Profound Truth”

  1. I was very happy to see President Trump’s enthusiastic participation in the National Prayer Breakfast. His good attitude and promotion of prayer, both before and after the election is very encouraging.

    But Chaplain Barry Black’s use of Matthew 18:20 was out of context. That verse is a reference to church discipline, not about two or more gathering for prayer.

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