After two long terms under an Obama presidency, Americas enemies have become more and more emboldened while people of goodwill continue to be vilified. Faith, unity, and the preservation of Judeo-Christian values has eroded more under Obama than perhaps any other administration in history. If elected, Donald Trump promises that Christians in the US will wield the power they ought to -- and something tells us he means it.
During a speech in Iowa on Saturday, the GOP contender astutely observed that if his immigration policy applied to Christians rather than Muslims he would be met with far less resistance:
"If I said that about Christians, and if I said 'banned,' I'm telling you I would have had less difficulty," Trump said Saturday. "And that's pretty sad, because we're Christians. I'm Protestant. I'm Presbyterian."
He then showed his support for fellow Christians and told the audience what he believes is Christianity's rightful place in America:
"I'm a true believer. And you're many true believers — I hope all — is everybody a true believer in this room? I think so. But Christianity is under tremendous siege," Trump told supporters at Dordt College, a Christian liberal-arts school. [...]
"The power of our group of people together, I mean, if you add it up ... it could be 240, 250 million. And yet we don't exert the power that we should have. Now, I think some of the churches are afraid of their tax status, to be honest," he said.
"But you know the fact is that there is nothing the politicians can do to you if you band together. You have too much power. But the Christians don't use their power," Trump said. "We have to strengthen. Because we are getting — if you look, it's death by a million cuts — we are getting less and less and less powerful in terms of a religion, and in terms of a force," he continued.
Trump also vowed that the phrase, "Merry Christmas," would be restored during the holiday season if he becomes president:
"When they don't want to say 'merry Christmas' in department stores anymore. I won't shop at places that don't say 'merry Christmas.' Guess what? I don't too much shopping," he said to applause. "No, no, it's true. When I see these stores, and they have a red wall and they have nothing on it. They don't want to say 'merry Christmas' anymore. I say, 'Why don't you say merry Christmas?'"
"I'll tell you one thing: I get elected president, we're going to be saying 'merry Christmas' again. Just remember that," he said. "And by the way, Christianity will have power, without having to form."
Trump drove his point home, saying, "if I'm there, you[Christians] are going to have plenty of power."
"You don't need anybody else. You're going to have somebody representing you very, very well. Remember that."
Whether a fan of Donald Trump or not, the GOP frontrunner certainly doesn't shy away from displaying patriotism nor does he refrain from telling us what he believes will make America great again. And for the presidential contender, that means giving Christianity greater power in our society. Something tells us he is not pandering for votes and instead means business.