Charlotte, NC – President Trump has come under fire for his recent trip to the historic St. John’s Church in Washington, DC, after it was set on fire by rioters. The scene at the church took place on Saturday evening as rioters broke into the church and set a fire in an administrative building.
Across the country, mixed opinions were present about how the event transpired. Some took offense to the way the rioters were dispersed. They were called peaceful rioters, as they threw items at police. After the crowd was moved, President Trump walked out the gates of the White House and to the historic church.
He was attacked as using the church for a photo op. The bishop of the church said she was offended. Media attacked him and politicians from both parties. All of that was expected, but President Trump was inspired to go to the church for this historic visit.
As I read a recent article, the author referred to the event as the most disturbing scene of the “protests.” The article was making fun of Trump’s Bible choice and mocking him for it. It quoted a religious blog that also made light of the President’s move to visit the church.
Many can make fun of the move, but to me the move is more symbolic than anything. The church has a long history. As stated in the religious blog mentioned earlier, every President since 1816 has visited and attended services there.
While the church may be from a more liberal focused denomination, evangelicals should not be upset about the reverence paid to the church by Trump. Some will say it was part of an overreach of the Federal government. I say it’s more like a President showing where appropriate priorities should be.
I have said before that I will not say Trump is a perfect man. If there is anyone that is perfect and has never done anything wrong in their life, please send me an e-mail or message as I would like to talk. We have seen numerous super religious people make mistakes as well.
The interesting part is that Trump places an importance on church and religious liberty. While I may not agree with the teachings of the St. John’s Church, I will always respect the fact that it’s a religious facility and should be held with respect.
Yes, Trump took a photo in front of the building. Is it really impossible to believe he felt moved out of respect for the history and that it is a place of worship for some Americans?
We certainly did not see anyone from the mainstream media become upset with President Obama’s church choices. While he professed Christianity, he sat under a pastor who was known to say inappropriate things. Obama only left this church after the statements became public. No one from the mainstream media had issue with this.
Anyone of faith should have respect for what the President did at St. John’s Church, simply for the symbolism of the gesture. Whether you agree with Trump’s faith, actions, or statements, you cannot argue that he has returned religious liberty to a priority in the White House.
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