It must be admitted that President Donald Trump long has been considered a very mixed bag by Catholics and has caused us conservatives bewilderment and concern. This is true and should not be denied. Some become too obsessed with political leaders and take an “all or nothing approach” — you must say everything they want you to say in the way they want you to say it or you are the enemy. So problems? Yes. Let us recall the Sermon on the Mount. Yet at the same time that one frets over his three marriages, his rash language, those harsh personal attacks on others, his strident materialism, dossiers, and recent reports that he mocked Vice President Michael Pence for thinking Roe can be overturned, one notes, however, some dramatic developments and asks: Is he indeed what so many Christians who voted for him hoped, a Jacob, a Moses, a David — no perfect Christian man but a vessel and a fighter (not just a pew-sitter) for the cause?
One considers that:
In recent days, the president has affirmed that life begins at conception, has stressed how we must reinstate the expression “Merry Christmas” (this will be all over the news come December), had a cordial meeting with the Pope (whom, with obvious awe in his voice, Trump called “really something”), has any number of key advisers who are practicing Catholics (there is even Bible study in the West Wing; Muslim prayer mats have been eliminated). And most to the point, he has taken up arms, in recent days, in a matter that was of urgent concern to Christians: religious rights.
And so a war, a spiritual war, led by an unlikely leader, rages in D.C. and across North America.
Some snippets in the news:
Washington (CNN) In recent weeks, the Trump administration has plunged into fights long sought by the religious right, issuing a 25-page memo bolstering legal protections for people of faith, rolling back employers’ requirement for birth-control coverage and reversing a policy that included LGBT employees under US anti-discrimination law.
Last week, President Donald Trump expanded the religious and moral exemptions to allow for additional protection for those Christian organizations and others who don’t want to be forced to pay for abortion-causing drugs under their health insurance coverage. The settlement expands the Trump Administration efforts to protect Christians and those who want to not be involved in abortions. One of the advantages of the settlement is that the terms and protections are binding even if a future president puts the abortion mandate back in place fully.
President Trump spoke to one of the most faithful blocs of his base on Friday, telling attendees of this year’s Values Voter Summit that in America “we don’t worship government, we worship God.” Trump was the first sitting president to address the annual gathering of Christian conservatives, and while he has had trouble enacting some of his campaign promises legislatively so far in his term, he has ticked off many boxes with the evangelical voters who helped propel him to the Oval Office. “We know that it’s the family and the church — not government officials — who know best how to create strong and loving communities,” Trump said.
Trump, speaking last week to the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual gathering in Washington, offered an extraordinary sentiment in pledging to support the evangelical community. “We’re under siege. You understand that,” the president said. “But we will come out bigger and better and stronger than ever.”
Many Christians believe in the idea of “spiritual warfare,” the concept of God and Satan enlisting their armies of angels and demons to battle for the souls of people through everyday occurrences and experiences. [That we do.]
It happened at the Obama library for the “Drag Queen Story Hour,” a part of a collaboration between the LBPL, the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, the Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network and the LGBTQ nonprofit Imperial Court of Long Beach, according to the Long Beach Public Library’s calendar.
The event description reads: “Join us for a celebration of LGBTQ History Month! All ages welcome! Celebration will include: Drag Queen Story Hour featuring Xochi Mochi at 12pm, a community art hour at 1pm and an LGBTQ History Timeline Workshop starting at 2pm. Brought to you by a collaboration between the Long Beach Public Library, The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, the GSA Network and The Imperial Court of Long Beach.”
A war? For certain.
From the Daily Signal:
The Christian baker in Colorado who was sued for declining to make a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding reception received a strange request last month: Design and bake a cake celebrating Satan’s birthday. “I would like to get a quote on a birthday cake, for a special event,” the email request to baker Jack Phillips, sent Sept. 30 and exclusively obtained by The Daily Signal, reads. It continues: “It is a cake that is religious in theme, and since religion is a protected class, I am hoping that you will gladly bake this cake. As you see, the birthday cake in question is to celebrate the birthday of Lucifer, or as they [sic] also known as Satan when he was cast from Heaven by God.”
You decide — discern. Time will tell.
Many are confused — deeply: on all sides, which is another sign of the times.
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Pray always for purity and love