WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - At the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump praised Christianity and the virtues of traditional American society.
Trump said there are five words that "never fail to touch his heart" when traveling the country, and those words are "I am praying for you." He also said it's been the prayers and faith of the American people that have sustained him and inspired him through some "very tough times."
The president said that quality of life is not material, it is spiritual, and added, "We are not just flesh and bone and blood, we are human beings with souls."
Praising the military and the virtues of patriotism, remarked, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." He continued, "God has blessed this land to give us such incredible heroes and patriots. They are very, very special, and we are going to take care of them."
Quoting the Bible a few times, he said in regards to his Christian upbringing that "with great power comes great responsibility."
The speech was not without humor. Speaking about Arnold Schwarzenegger (a critic) and his failing TV ratings, Trump said, "It's been a total disaster. And Mark (Burnett) will never, ever bet against Trump again, and I want to just pray for Arnold, if we can, for those ratings." The remark was followed by laughter.
Most of the liberal-left news outlets — what Trump has called "fake news" — jumped on Trump's comments about Schwarzenegger, while ignoring his remarks on faith.
The Trump administration has already made moves to promote Judeo-Christian values in the first two weeks. In an interview last week, Trump told reporters, "The office is so powerful that you need God even more because your decisions are no longer, 'Gee, I'm going to build a building in New York,' or 'I'm going to do this.'"
A petition titled "President Trump: THANK YOU for defunding abortion" has gathered more than 50,000 signatures, thanking the president for upholding his promises.
Trump echoed the words of the pro-life movement, saying, "America will succeed as long as our most vulnerable citizens — and we have some that are so vulnerable — have a path to success. And America will thrive as long as we continue to have faith in each other and faith in God."
He also called freedom of religion a sacred right that is under threat. He promised he would "get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution. I will do that, remember."
Trump summed up his speech, saying, "As long as we have God we are never, ever alone. ... God will always give us solace and strength and comfort."
"For us here in Washington, we must never, ever stop asking God for the wisdom to serve the public according to His will," he concluded.