President Donald Trump delivered his first Easter address since taking office, and he managed to slip something into it that his predecessor wouldn’t have ever dreamed of doing.
While Barack Obama’s final Easter address of his tenure took underhanded shots at Christians in our country, President Trump used the occasion to speak openly about God and the true meaning of the holiday in a manner his predecessor wouldn’t have ever dreamed. He also took the time to speak of the Jewish people and their struggles, as well as the importance of Passover to their faith.
From the Conservative Tribune:
In the address delivered Friday, Trump, of course, spoke about the Christian Easter holiday and acknowledged God’s power throughout history.
But he also used biblical examples to back up his statements, first choosing to talk about the Jewish feast of Passover as a celebration of God’s deliverance of the Israelites in the Book of Exodus then leading up to the challenges America and the world face in our own day.
The president also professed his strong support for Israel and the Jewish people, which is a stark contrast to Obama’s open disdain for the nation. In fact, Obama was even implicated in orchestrating the attempted ouster of the country’s patriotic Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and allowed the U.N. Security Council to vote on an anti-Israeli resolution.
President Trump said:
“Down through the centuries, the Jewish people have lived through one persecution after another – and yet, they persevered and thrived and uplifted the world beyond measure,” the president said. ” And now, the state of Israel stands as a monument to their faith and endurance.”
The president then went on to speak of the vast blessings bestowed on America by God, and he explained the meaning of Easter to those of the Christian faith.
“This Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the promise of eternal salvation,” he said. “It is a holy day of reverence and worship; it is a sacred time that fills the spirit of our nation with the faith of our people.”
Trump also spoke of the perpetually persecuted people unable to openly practice the religion of their choice. While doing so, he specifically mentioned the Coptic Christians in Egypt, who suffered a loss of 45 of their own with another 100 injured after a Palm Sunday terror attack inside of the nation’s prominent churches.
To contrast President Trump’s refreshing holiday address with those of his predecessor, the Conservative Tribune noted that in 2015, Obama took a notably different approach when he spoke to the nation. Rather than embracing his alleged religion, Obama accused Christians of not being loving, which he said “concerned” him.
In 2015, President Obama’s Easter address made headlines for its anti-Christian message. According to Newsmax, the former president called Christians “anti-loving.”
“On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that, as a Christian, I am supposed to love, and I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned, but that’s a topic for another day,” Obama said.
President Trump closed his address by promising to continue to fight for the forgotten Americans left behind by the coastal elites’ anti-American agenda while professing that he believes all Americans should have the ability to “work and live with the dignity that all children of God are entitled to know.”
A stark contrast, indeed. After eight years of lecturing about our supposed “ideals” from someone who wouldn’t know our true ideals if they hit him square in the face, it’s refreshing to have a commander-in-chief who embraces traditional American values rooted in Judeo-Christian principles.