The 2018 National Prayer Breakfast – held at the Hilton in Washington, D.C. – was explosively upsetting to many.
Because President Trump spoke truth that many in attendance didn’t want to hear…
His speech was a sharp contrast from President Obama’s attacks on historical Christianity during prayer breakfasts in 2015 and 2016.
President Trump stressed the importance of religious freedom, reminding the more than 3500 attendees representing over 100 countries that America is one nation under God.
He said, “All we have to do is open our eyes and look around to see God’s hand. As long as we open our hearts to God’s love, America will forever be the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Noting that God is mentioned four times in the Declaration of Independence, the president said, “Our rights are not given to us by man. Our rights come from our Creator. No matter what, no earthly force can take those rights away.”
He also highlighted what real tolerance looks like – and what it can achieve – by saying, “When Americans are able to live by their convictions, to speak openly of their faith, and to teach their children what is right, our families thrive, our communities flourish, and our nation can achieve anything at all.”
Regarding the unprecedented religious persecution taking place around the world today, President Trump made clear that “Together, as Americans, we are a tireless force for justice and for peace… We know that millions of people in Iran, Cuba, Venezuela and North Korea and other countries suffer under repressive and brutal regimes. America stands with all people suffering oppression and religious persecution.”
Words matter … But we can all be thankful that to President Trump, actions matter just as much…
The National Prayer Breakfast – held every year on the first Thursday in February – is actually an all-day series of meetings organized by the Fellowship Foundation for the purpose of bringing together and building relationships among political, religious and business leaders from around the world.
The event was started in 1953 when President Eisenhower was invited by members of Congress to join them for a fellowship breakfast “in the spirit of Jesus.”
Every president since then has attended and has spoken at the event.
Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) – who narrowly survived being shot last year at a congressional baseball event – also spoke at the breakfast.
“This was a nation founded with a deep belief in God,” Scalise said. “You can’t separate church from state. This idea that you could just check your faith at the door … faith is part of who you are; it’s part of who I am.”
Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz spoke at the dinner event in place of Vice President Mike Pence, who was in PyeongChang, South Korea for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.
Here is President Trump’s full speech at the 2018 National Prayer Breakfast – just under 14 minutes:
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