August 19, 2019 | Wanda Alger, IFA Field Correspondent
It is only when we look at the policies, rulings, and legislation that President Trump and his administration have initiated on behalf of biblical conservative values, that believers can rightly discern the effectiveness and impact of the White House. Here are TEN REASONS, along with corroborating reports, why evangelical Christians can support this administration as they seek to uphold many of the values we hold most dear. We hope you not only study these for yourself, but SHARE them with those who still struggle with this President’s agenda or actions. (Hyperlinks to original articles are embedded in text.)
1-THIS ADMINISTRATION HONORS THE SANCTITY OF LIFE
Since taking office, President Trump has championed numerous initiatives to defund Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. He has repeatedly defended the sanctity of life and has vowed to champion the cause of the unborn. Not only has he stood by pro-lifers, his administration has rolled back the contraceptive mandate making it easier to get a religious exemption. The President has stated, “All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God. Every life is sacred, and every soul is a precious gift from Heaven.”
2-THIS ADMINISTRATION SUPPORTS BIBLICAL SEXUALITY AND FAMILY VALUES
From the first day in office, the Trump administration took definitive steps to curtail the promotion of the LGBT lifestyle by dismantling special rights and privileges gifted to political activists under the previous administration. The Presidents’ support for biblical sexuality has been reinforced through reversing Obama’s policy for transgenders in the military and reversing the ruling on same-sex bathrooms. Trump has stated, “faith and family are the foundational blocks for life” and the center of American life. To help support growing families, in 2017 Trump signed into law a tax credit for businesses who provide paid leave for new parents. As a father himself, President Trump raised his own five children to avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs.
3-THIS ADMINISTRATION CHAMPIONS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
In 2018, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative” in order to assure ongoing religious freedom for all people of faith. He has championed the rights of business owners to refuse customers who violate their religious beliefs, has proposed Bible literacy classes in six states, and advanced global religious freedom. Speaking to a group of international Christians experiencing persecution he stated, “In America we’ve always understood that our rights come from God, not from government. In our Bill of Rights the first liberty is religious liberty. Each of us has the right to follow the dictates of our conscience and the demands of our religious conviction. We know that if people are not free to practice their faith then all of the freedoms are at risk.”
4-THIS ADMINISTRATION APPOINTS CONSERVATIVE JUDGES
President Trump has already secured a legacy in appointing more judges (89) to the courts than either Obama or Bush. These appointments have already impacted American life by numerous court rulings made in favor of Christian conservative values, including the protection of the unborn, property rights, and border security. His originalist appointees to circuit courts are bringing rulings back in line with the Constitution rather than left-leaning politics. Given a second term, Trump’s administration is likely to appoint at least one, if not two, more supreme court justices, which will affect the nation’s governing policies for decades to come.
5-THIS ADMINISTRATION PROTECTS THE NATION FROM TERRORIST THREATS
Just two weeks into his presidency, Trump issued an Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. His team’s immigration policies reflect their priority in keeping American citizens safe from outside illegal activities and assuring border protection and national sovereignty from international threats. To those who work with the President on foreign policy, he is said to be “deliberative, humanitarian, and measured” in addressing conflicts with other nations.
6-THIS ADMINISTRATION DEFENDS ISRAEL AND PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
Showing strong support for Israel, President Trump not only officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, moving the embassy there in 2018, but he also recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights in 2019, stating it was a “…critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability.” His administration is also committed to protecting persecuted Christians from around the world. Forming the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, President Trump has gathered Christians from other nations to address the problem and recently created the International Religious Freedom Alliance to affirm religious liberties globally.
7-THIS ADMINISTRATION CREATES JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND SUSTAINED ECONOMIC GROWTH
The economy has been thriving since Trump took office with over six million new jobs created and his business acumen continues to surprise his detractors. In addition to tax reforms, record-high stock market prices and oil production, there has been a robust jobs market and a rising GDP. This has benefited the black community, minority groups, and young people looking for work, as well as gotten over 3.5 million people off food stamps. In addition, his administration has launched pioneering initiatives through apprenticeships, education, and on-the-job training to encourage companies in creating more job opportunities for middle America.
8-THIS ADMINISTRATION ALIGNS WITH A GOD-HONORING PLATFORM
Based on the 2016 written platforms of each major party, God was mentioned twelve times in the Republican platform and none in the Democratic platform. In the spring of 2019, Democrats also removed “so help me, God” from House Committee oaths. At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, there was fierce debate on the floor as to whether to leave God in their platform. The ideologies and values of the Democratic party have changed significantly in the past two decades. Where the Democratic party’s platform is now clear on its support for abortion, marriage equality, and LBGT rights, the Republican party clearly stands for life, traditional marriage, and religious freedom. In regards to racial equality, the Republican party has historically been known as the party of anti-slavery in this nation, with a long list of advancements on behalf of black Americans.
9-THIS PRESIDENT INVITES PRAYER AND EVANGELICAL COUNSEL
Even before he was elected, Donald Trump brought together an informal faith advisory team to provide counsel during his campaign. Since being in office, this team has continued to be a sounding board for issues concerning evangelicals. Numerous insiders claim that Christian faith is at the forefront of the Trump White House. Vice President Mike Pence states that Trump routinely requests prayer during cabinet meetings. Trump has stated, “America will be a nation that believes forever, and we certainly believe, more than anyone, the power of prayer—it’s the most powerful thing there is.” At a Rose Garden gathering during the National Day of Prayer in 2018, President Trump made a surprising and rare statement from his podium, as he highlighted the testimony of a man who found Christ in prison. Going beyond any perceived safe zone in simply recognizing “faith” or “God,” President Trump named the name of Jesus as the way to salvation and celebrated this man whose life was changed by prayer and reading the Bible.
10-THIS PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION FIGHT SPIRITUAL ENEMIES FAR WORSE THAN NATURAL ONES
Even if one doubts any of the previous points and is still challenged by this President’s message or methods, we must be reminded of the spiritual battle that is raging over his assignment and this nation. The demonic strongholds asserting their power and influence in our culture are specifically aimed at taking control of our government, our laws, and our land. Regardless if this President understands the spiritual powers at work behind the scenes, he faces them, nonetheless. The boldness he exhibits in confronting corruption and the determination he displays in draining the swamp may be motivated by a higher power.
We are told in Isaiah 9:7 that the “…increase of His government and of peace there will be no end” and that “…the zeal of the Lord of Hosts will do this.” It is this zeal of the Lord that we must pray for, not only for this President, but for all believers who are praying that the Kingdom of God would overshadow the kingdoms of this world and that righteousness would reign in this nation, once again.