Broadcasting from the Mellon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.; Charlotte, North Carolina; and sites nationwide, in direct contrast to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) where God was taken out from the whole event and platform, the Lord Jesus Christ was front and center at the Republican National Convention (RNC).
The Pledge of Allegiance at the RNC was prefaced with the comment, "There is no pause between 'one nation' and 'under God,' meaning that the proper recitation is "one nation under God," as the DNC consistently had a long pause between the two to purposely disconnect "one nation" from "God." This referenced the Scripture that could have been a banner across the stage, as it was constantly referenced in one way or another: "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord" (Ps. 33:12a).
Speaker Tanya Weinreis, who owns Mountain Mudd Espresso coffee shop in Montana, said, "I had faith. And let me tell you, you have to have faith when your husband is a Marine and a police officer who was shot on the job serving his community." She continued, "And when you run a business, a little faith goes a long way."
Maximo Alvarez told of escaping Cuba and his fear that he saw the same thing happening in America. Famed former NFL player Herschel Walker, who has been friends with Donald Trump for 37 years, said, "Just because someone loves and respects the flag and our country doesn't mean they don't care about social justice. I love all those things and so does the administration." I witnessed faith and Christ on parade throughout the night.
From Sen. Tim Scott to Sen. Steve Scalise to Rep. Matt Gratz, Jim Jordan, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Charlie Kirk and all the speakers in between, the contrast to the previous week could not have been greater. At the RNC it was faith, the love of God and the Lord Jesus Christ front and center, proclaiming the love of Christ founded America, sustained America and was the only hope for the future.
Echoing the words of bestselling author of God, Trump and COVID-19 Stephen Strang, who said, "I love America, and I want God's blessings for all Americans," Donald Trump Jr. said, "People of faith are under attack. You are not allowed to go to church, but mad chaos in the streets get a pass."
It was Cardinal Timothy Dolan, though, who put it in blessed terms in his prayer when he said, "Let us pray. And pray we must as grateful citizens of a country we boldly claim to be one nation under God ... for the innocent life of the baby in the womb ... for those lives threatened by religious persecution ... in God we trust" —the whole of which is in jeopardy in just 70 days if the 37 million believers who failed to vote in 2016 fail to participate on Nov. 3, 2020.
Amir George is the author of Liberating Iraq and directs The World Helpline at theworldhelplne.org
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