Faith Is Central at President Trump’s Inauguration

Six religious leaders offered prayers, while the new commander-in-chief spoke of Almighty Creator

Faith played a profound role at the inauguration of Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence on Friday — fitting, considering the overwhelming majority of faithful who voted the Republican ticket into office.

“We will make America great again,” Trump proudly announced at the end of his speech. “God bless you and God bless America.”

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“The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity,” said the new president. “We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreement honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.”

“There should be no fear. We are protected, and we will always be protected,” President Trump continued. “We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly, we will be protected by God.”

“And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same Almighty Creator,” said Trump.

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Trump also did not hold back when it came to Islamic terrorism. He said, “We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones. And unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.”

Three faith leaders offered prayers and invocations before the oath of office, including Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, and Pastor Paula White-Cain.

Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, read from the Book of Wisdom, Chapter 9, known as Solomon’s Prayer. Part of the prayer is as follows:

“God of our ancestors and Lord of mercy, you have made all things and in your providence has charges us to rule the creatures produced by you, to govern the world in holiness and righteousness and to render judgement with integrity of heart. Give us wisdom.”

The second to offer a passage of Scripture was Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, who read from the Gospel of Mathew, Chapter 5.

And the third was Pastor Paula White-Cain, of New Destiny Christian Center of Orlando, Florida, who offered her own prayer. She also cited Proverbs 21:1, which says: “In the Lord’s hand, the king’s heart is a stream of water that He channels toward all who please Him.”

After the inaugural address, several other faith leaders offered prayers and benediction to close the ceremonies, including Franklin Graham and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson.

The first following the inaugural address was Rabbi Marvin Hier, who began his prayer by saying: “Eternal God, bless Donald J. Trump and America, our great nation.” The rabbi then referred to a psalm.

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The evangelical leader Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, mentioned the weather ahead of his Bible passage, saying, “In the Bible, rain is a sign of God’s blessing and it started to rain when [Trump] came to the platform.”

Then he read from 1 Timothy, Chapter 2, which begins: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

Bishop Wayne T. Jackson then spoke in his prayer of unity, saying, “We’re not enemies we are brothers and sisters … we aren’t foes but friends.”

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