“I will Fight for You… I will Win for You”

GOP-2016-ConventionDonaldThirteen months after entering the presidential race, Donald Trump accepted the nomination at the Republican convention Thursday night. Ivanka introduced her father and spoke about his ability, his work ethic, and his ability to inspire people to become better. She made the case for Trump’s fair treatment of women, saying he has hired more women than men and pays women on par with men.

Beginning his speech by formally accepting the nomination, Trump spoke for more than an hour, his speech careful, measured and faithful to the script. Trump spent a lot of time on his core issues: making America great again through great trade deals, a return to law and order, securing the borders, and eliminating ISIS.

He promised to fight for people he called “the forgotten Americans”–those who have lost their jobs–saying “I’m your voice.” In addition to improving trade and keeping jobs from leaving the U. S, Trump said he will direct the rebuilding of roads and bridges, and decried the state of U. S. airports, calling them “third world.”

The meat of the speech was his outline of the failures of Hillary Clinton’s career as Secretary of State–especially her recent failure to turn over 33,000 emails to the FBI.

Trump summarized his outsider perspective and his heart for the job by saying,

“I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizen. When innocent people suffer because our political system lacks the will, or the courage, or the basic decency to enforce our laws–or worse still, has sold out to some corporate lobbyist for cash–I am not able to look the other way.”

Trump thanked Evangelical Christians for their support, saying, “I’m not sure I totally deserve it.” One surprise came near the end of the speech when Trump said he’d work to remove the rule established during Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration. This rule prohibits pastors from endorsing candidates in order to keep their church’s tax-exempt status.

Why this Matters: I think Trump hit a home run, in his humility, heart, intensity and content. I may disagree about his intent to replace Obamacare with another federal program, and I’m not completely comfortable with his intent to get involved in providing childcare for working moms, but this man has the potential of doing great things as president.

Even if Trump was your last choice for candidate, remember that God may have chosen Mr. Trump for such a time as this. No man–no president–is perfect. Let’s choose to be upbeat and hopeful that Trump will win in November and God will use him to bless our country.

Thank You Father that You delight in giving good gifts to Your children. Your thoughts and ways are higher than ours. You deserve our praise.

Esther 4:4 – … And who knows whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

Psalm 21:13 – Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.

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