Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stunned the political world with a speech that went directly to the heart of African-American voters. And afterward, a number of black faith leaders said they were swayed by his comments. By addressing the African-American church, Trump broke new ground. But what did he say that was so “stunning”?
Said Trump: “For centuries, the African-American church has been the conscience of our country. It’s from the pews and pulpits and Christian teachings of black churches all across this land that the civil rights movement lifted up the soul of our nation. The African-American faith community has been one of God’s greatest gifts to America.”
Trump continued, “There is perhaps no action our leaders can take that would do more to heal our country and support our people than to provide a greater platform to the black churches and church-goers. You raise children in the light of God; I will always support your church, always. And defend your right to worship.”
Trump addressed the division in America. “Our nation is too divided. We talk past each other, not to each other. And those who seek office do not do enough to step into the community and learn what is going on. They don’t know. They have no clue.”
But it was Trump’s closing comments that really impressed those who heard him speak. It was a side of Donald Trump that very few have seen on the campaign trail, but those who were on hand said it was a very “genuine moment” for the GOP presidential nominee.
“Now, in these hard times for our country, let us turn again to our Christian heritage to lift up the soul of our nation. I am so deeply grateful to be here today and it is my prayer that the America of tomorrow – and I mean that – that the America of tomorrow will be one of unity, togetherness and peace.”
And then Trump concluded with Scripture. “I’d like to conclude with a passage from 1 John, chapter 4. You know it? See, most groups I speak to don’t know that. But we know it. If you want, we can say it together: ‘No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.'”
You have to give the man credit. Democrats have been railing against him for months, because he had not addressed an African-American audience. Now, predictably, they are railing against him because he spoke to an African-American audience. Meanwhile, while Trump went to Louisiana to visit flood victims and give them $100,000 of his own money, Hillary Clinton was at a Hollywood fund-raiser that cost $36,000 per plate. And then, Trump accepted the offer of the Mexican president to visit him to discuss relations between the two countries. Trump went. And of course, he was criticized for going – by Mrs. Clinton, who declined the offer so she could raise over $100 million at more fund-raising events.
As for the African-American church, the Louisiana floods, and Mexico. Give Trump credit – at least he showed up. And according to those in church last Sunday, he spread the Good News of God’s Word while he was there.