“In America, we don’t worship government. We worship God. America is better when people put their faith into action. As long as I am your president, no one is ever going to stop you from practicing your faith or from preaching what’s in your heart. We will always stand up for the right of all Americans to pray to God and to follow His teachings.” -President Donald J. Trump
Teresa Neumann : May 15, 2017 : Breaking Christian News
(Lynchburg, VA)—President Trump wowed a huge crowd at Liberty University during his commencement speech on Saturday with a heartfelt nod to traditional faith in America. He also gave some fascinating insights into the mind and heart of the transparent and plain-spoken businessman who has become the 45th president of the United States. (Screengrab via Liberty University/YouTube)
It was a speech that even many on the other side of the political aisle had to agree was powerful—though anti-Trumpers were quick to dismiss his speech as, among other things, (paraphrasing from a CNN pundit) “throwing a bone to white evangelical Christians in the face of a growing multi-cultural America.”
Interestingly, the president noted that he used to watch the late Jerry Falwell years ago, indicating his interest in the pulse of evangelicalism in the country before he ever won the highest office in the land.
The president also called out two individuals in attendance for the graduation: football great Jim Kelly and WWII war hero George Rogers. In relating their incredible life stories, Trump seized on the message of hope and perseverance in the face of extreme adversity. Though the mainstream media glossed over this section of the president’s speech, one news outlet—Fox News—included video shots of the two heroes, presenting one of the most powerfully poignant and must-see moments of the commencement.
Below are few excerpts from the speech, but readers are highly encouraged to watch the full video themselves below in order to evaluate how accurately some in the media are spinning it:(Screengrab via Liberty University/YouTube)
“America has always been the land of dreams because America is a nation of true Believers. When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth they prayed. When the founders wrote the Declaration of Independence, they invoked our Creator four times, because in America we don’t worship government we worship God. That is why our elected officials put their hands on the Bible and say, ‘So help me God,’ as they take the oath of office. It is why our currency proudly declares, ‘In God we trust,’ and it’s why we proudly proclaim that we are one nation under God every time we say the pledge of allegiance.
“Just think for a moment of how blessed you are to be here today at this great, great university, living in this amazing country, surrounded by people who you love and care about so much. Then ask yourself, with all of those blessings, and all of the blessings that you’ve been given, what will you give back to this country and, indeed, to the world? What imprint will you leave in the sands of history? What will future Americans say we did in our brief time right here on Earth? Did we take risks? Did we dare to defy expectations? Did we challenge accepted wisdom and take on established systems?
“Or did we just go along with convention, swim downstream, so easily with the current and just give in because it was the easy way, it was the traditional way or it was the accepted way? Remember this, nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy. Following your convictions means you must be willing to face criticism from those who lack the same courage to do what is right—and they know what is right, but they don’t have the courage or the guts or the stamina to take it and to do it. It’s called the road less traveled.
“I know that each of you will be a warrior for the truth, will be a warrior for our country, and for your family. I know that each of you will do what is right, not what is the easy way, and that you will be true to yourself, and your country, and your beliefs. In my short time in Washington I’ve seen firsthand how the system is broken. A small group of failed voices who think they know everything and understand everyone want to tell everybody else how to live and what to do and how to think. But you aren’t going to let other people tell you what you believe, especially when you know that you’re right. And those of you graduating here today, who have given half a million hours of charity last year alone, unbelievable amount of work and charity and few universities or colleges can claim anything even close, we don’t need a lecture from Washington on how to lead our lives.
“Nothing is easier or more pathetic than being a critic, because they’re people that can’t get the job done. But the future belongs to the dreamers, not to the critics. The future belongs to the people who follow their heart no matter what the critics say because they truly believe in their vision.
“Liberty University is a place where they really have true champions and you have a simple creed that you live by: To be, really, champions for Christ. Whether you’re called to be a missionary overseas, to shepherd a church or to be a leader in your community, you are living witness of the Gospel message of faith, hope and love. And I must tell you I am so proud as your president to have helped you along over the past short period of time.”
Click here to watch the absolute “must-see” video of Trump’s speech.