Indiana Governor Mike Pence stood before a boisterous crowd, in New York City in the early morning of November 9, to introduce the president-elect. The born-again Christian politician said, “I come to this moment deeply humbled, grateful to God for his amazing grace,” before thanking his family for their support and then thanking the American people “for placing their confidence in this team and giving us the opportunity to serve.”
Then, without great affectation, he introduced the president-elect, “…whose leadership and vision will make America great again. It is my high honor and distinct privilege to introduce to you the President-elect of the United States of America, Donald Trump.”
And, so it has been throughout this most unusual candidacy. God and Trump were frequently blended in discussions, decisions, and destinies. The “Evangelical vote” became a public factor in this political battle, somewhat like the Moral Majority had more than two decades before. According to ABC News, this election had the largest Christian turnout to a presidential election in our nation’s history.
With Trump’s intemperate texting, salacious comments about women, and his many arrogant, braggadocios ways, his connection to the members of the religious right seems confusing and misplaced. Christian conservative leader James Dobson tried to explain the dichotomy when he said he believed Trump was “a baby Christian.”
Were it not for Trump’s concurrent conservative views favoring faith, family, and religious freedoms, there probably would not be any favorable coalition. But, even the relationships which have developed have to be viewed with concern and caution.
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, the founder and head of the family-focused, socially conservative Ruth Institute in San Diego, stated on the day after the election:
“For all Donald Trump’s flaws, he loves America. He treats Christians with respect. He is pro-life.
But: we must keep an eye on him.
- We must hold him accountable to keep his promises.
- We must educate him about the importance of marriage to society. This may be a tough sell.
- We must continue to insist that the Sexual Revolution has been hugely damaging to society. This may be an even tougher sell.
Above all, if he does something he ought not do, we must call him out. We brought him to this party: he needs to dance with us.”
A part of that “dance” will need to include President Trump fulfilling four bold promises he made in writing, during the headwinds of the campaign:
- nominating pro-life justices to the Supreme Court,
- signing into law legislation that would end late-term abortions nationwide,
- making the Hyde Amendment permanent law “to protect taxpayers from having to pay for abortions,” and
- defunding Planned Parenthood.
The real test for making America great again is to first restore respect for human dignity [“all lives matter”], civil dialog, and godly character qualities among us all. This will help make Americans good again.
Only then can America truly become great again!