Sister Bingham, to your thoughtful prayer I offer a hearty amen.
@ Waikiki Thank you for making me smile. A good mix of hope and
I’m embarrassed for her. I’m embarrassed for us.
It is so comforting and refreshing to know that our Commander in Chief,
President Donald J. Trump, was at the breakfast prayer meeting, mixing his
spiritual and high moral character and making the event really special.
@DonOWell said. I agree with you.I also wonder if he includes
all religions in his religious freedom initiative. Does he mean equal funding
for all religions, or will preference be given to Christisnity? I wonder because
he talks out of both sides of his mouth.
" Help us to find ways to understand and value one another, to work together
in cooperation and selflessness rather than seek for personal gain, to satisfy
vain ambition or to gratify pride. May we examine ourselves and become better
individuals..."I am always impressed with the wisdom and
strength that comes from Sister Jean Bingham. The Church sent one of our very
best to Washington D.C. to represent them through giving this powerful prayer.
The world can always use the prayers of the faithful of many faiths.
@DonO: "It would be an answer to prayer if Donald Trump would just walk his
talk. At events like these he talks like a God-fearing man, then before the
gates shut behind the guests he's on his Twitter account..."There is nothing new under the sun. Some of our best presidents appeared
pious--or least faithful--in public and then engaged in adultery on a regular
basis. JFK and Clinton come to mind.I do not refer to past
presidents to excuse Trump's boorish behavior, but simply to let each of us
examine ourselves carefully to see if we are honest and consistent in how we
apply our standards. Or, is it easy to let partisanship cloud our judgments?We have a secular government, I'm often reminded. We do not elect a
national priest, but a president. It would be great to have a man of great moral
character and a charismatic, effective political leader. But we rejected
moderate Romney for "flip flopping" in favor of someone far more
strident.Sometimes we settle for those who are not hostile to public
expressions of religion, who advance good policies, even if deeply flawed
personally. Public buffoonery seems no worse than private or openly secret
It's interesting to look back in history at the political climate of our
country. There was some of the same behavior by leadership in the very early
days as well as recently, as we know. Our job as citizens with faith in God is
to pray for the men and women that have been voted into office, even if we may
not have voted for some of them. At times it's difficult to understand the
motivation that some of our leadership has. Those that are serving because of
their wish for America to improve are in office for the right reasons. We must
continue to be examples, and in our prayers ask our Heavenly Father to soften
the hearts of some of our leaders that are in office for selfish reasons.
It would be an answer to prayer if Donald Trump would just walk his talk. At
events like these he talks like a God-fearing man, then before the gates shut
behind the guests he's on his Twitter account making nasty, disparaging
remarks about anyone who doesn't agree with him on any and every subject.
It says in the New Testament, Book of James, "A double minded
man is unstable in all his ways."