WASHINGTON, D.C., February 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – “When Americans are able to live by their convictions, to speak openly of their faith, and to teach their children what is right, our families thrive” and “our nation can achieve anything,” President Trump told the National Prayer Breakfast this morning.
“Each year, this event reminds us that faith is central to American life and to liberty,” he said. “Our founders invoked our Creator four times in the Declaration of Independence.”
“Our rights are not given to us by man; our rights come from our Creator,” Trump said to applause. “No matter what, no Earthly force can take those rights away. That is why the words ‘Praise be to God’ are etched atop the Washington Monument, and those same words are etched into the hearts of our people.”
Trump also discussed the power of prayer during his speech.
The National Prayer Breakfast is the event during which then-President Obama compared the Crusades to ISIS.
Trump discussed the role faith played in the life of North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho, whose triumphant story of freedom the president shared during his first State of the Union address.
“Before his escape, when Seong-ho was being tortured by North Korean officials, there was one thing that kept him from losing hope: Over and over again, he recited the Lord’s Prayer,” Trump explained. “He prayed for peace, and he prayed for freedom. And now, as you know, Seong-ho is free and a symbol of hope to millions of people all around the world.”
“America stands with all people suffering oppression and religious persecution,” he promised.
“As long as we open our eyes to God’s grace and open our hearts to God’s love, then America will forever be the land of the free, the home of the brave, and a light unto all nations,” said Trump.
He praised families who have adopted babies “orphaned by the opioid epidemic and given them loving homes” and talked about seeing “the Lord’s grace in the moms and dads who work two and three jobs to give their children the chance for a better and much more prosperous and happier life.”
“As the Bible tells us, for we are God’s handiwork, created in Jesus Christ to do good works,” he said.