President Donald Trump shocked the entire world with an Easter message so poignant and powerful, and so completely different from anything uttered by President Barack Obama during his eight years in power, that it had grabbed the attention of friend and rivals alike.
In the address delivered Friday, Trump, of course, spoke about the Christian Easter holiday and acknowledged God’s power throughout history.
But he also used biblical examples to back up his statements, first choosing to talk about the Jewish feast of Passover as a celebration of God’s deliverance of the Israelites in the Book of Exodus then leading up to the challenges America and the world face in our own day.
It’s well worth listening to:
“Down through the centuries, the Jewish people have lived through one persecution after another – and yet, they persevered and thrived and uplifted the world beyond measure,” the president said. ” And now, the state of Israel stands as a monument to their faith and endurance.”
Strong words of support for Israel have not been heard from the White House for many years. During Obama’s eight years as president, he often made decisions that harmed Israel, one of America’s closest allies.
In fact, you might remember when President Obama and his administration became strangely silent when it came to standing up to the United Nations in support of Israel. In 2016, America’s silence meant the U.N. passed an anti-Israel resolution which forbade all Israeli construction on the West Bank, because of complaints from the Palestinian people.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Obama after the resolution passed, stating: “The Obama administration not only failed to protect Israel against this gang-up at the UN, it colluded with it behind the scenes.”
Of course, Trump has done nothing but support Israel since his first day in office.
Also in his Easter address — Trump acknowledged that the holiday is a Christian one.
“This Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the promise of eternal salvation,” he said. “It is a holy day of reverence and worship; it is a sacred time that fills the spirit of our nation with the faith of our people.”
He then continued to thank God for the vast blessings given to America, including the freedom of worship.
If you are shocked at such pro-Christian, pro-God words coming from a U.S. president, you are most likely not alone.
“On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that, as a Christian, I am supposed to love, and I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned, but that’s a topic for another day,” Obama said.
Perhaps that is why Obama refused to denounce radical Islam. In fact, at the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast, Obama dared to compare modern jihadists to the Crusaders from the Middle Ages.
“Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Obama said.
Meanwhile, Trump had no problem condemning the terrorist killers of the Islamic State group during his Easter address.
“On Palm Sunday, as Christians around the world celebrate the beginning of Holy Week, ISIS murdered at least 45 people and injured over 100 others at two Christian churches in Egypt,” Mr. Trump said.
“We condemn this barbaric attack. We mourn for those who lost loved ones. And we pray for the strength and wisdom to achieve a better tomorrow — one where good people of all faiths, Christians and Muslims and Jewish and Hindu, can follow their hearts and worship according to their conscience,” he continued.
The president also managed to let Americans know that both he and his entire administration would fight — not only for all Americans, but also all the marginalized and those threatened by terror throughout the world.
“I want you to know: This White House is fighting for you. We are fighting for every American who has been left behind,” he said. “We are fighting for the right of all citizens to enjoy safety and peace — and to work and live with the dignity that all children of God are entitled to know.”
On the other hand, Obama did not use the United States military. His ineptitude, vacillation and weaknesses led directly to the growth of the Islamic State group in the Middle East that America confronts today.
Nothing of that kind will be ever be tolerated under the Trump administration. Just a day before Trump’s address, the American military dropped the weapon known as the Massive Ordnance Air Blast — aka “The Mother of All Bombs” — on an Islamic State-held series of tunnels in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. That attack killed 94 ISIS fighters.
Trump’s Easter message was one that combined the hope of religious faith with the determination of action that can protect freedom at home and abroad.
“As long as we have faith in each other, and trust in God, we will succeed,” he said.
it was a message to make America great again.
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