What Not to Say at a Prayer Breakfast
At the White House prayer breakfast yesterday morning, President Donald Trump began by mocking Arnold Schwarzenegger, his replacement on The Apprentice television show.
“The ratings went right down the tubes,” Mr. Trump said. “It’s been a total disaster.” He then facetiously called on the religious gathering to pray for Schwarzenegger, a remark that elicited a ripple of laughter across the room.
However, the president then struck the right chord when he thanked the American people for their many prayers and their encouraging support. “Your faith and prayers have sustained me and inspired me through some very, very tough times,” he said.
But when he brought up the tough times ahead, his message again went off tune.
“The world is in trouble,” he said, “but we’re going to straighten it out. Okay? That’s what I do. I fix things. We’re going to straighten it out. Believe me” (emphasis added throughout).
It reminds me of what he said at the Republican National Convention last year: “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.”
As my father points out in Great Again, Mr. Trump does an admirable job of identifying the problems facing America. But when you understand the spiritual dimension behind America’s fall from greatness, you know why no mortal man will be able to turn it around for America.
Only God can fix it. As it says in Isaiah 2:17, “And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.”