Donald Trump went to church a few days ago at an inner-city "black" church in Detroit.
Dr. Ben Carson went with him.
Is this really just about politics---trying to get the so-called "black vote?"---Or is there something more?
Phyllis Schlafly, a Christian conservative leader for decades in America, died yesterday at her home in St. Louis. She had been ill with cancer for some time. She was 92. She was a personal friend. Please remember her family in prayer.
Donald Trump told the congregation and the black leaders in attendance, "Our nation is too divided. We talk past each other, not to each other and those who seek office do not do enough to step into the community and learn what is going on. They [political leaders] don’t know. They have no clue. I’m here today to learn. So that we can together remedy injustice, in any form. And so that we can also remedy economics so that the African-American community can benefit economically through jobs and income and so many other different ways.”
In the speech in the church, Trump laid out how the permanent political class has failed everyone in the United States including America’s black communities.
Yes, it is about getting their vote.
But is there more?
“Our political system has failed the people and works only to enrich itself,” Trump said. “I want to reform that system so that it works for you, everyone in this room. I believe true reform can only come from outside the system. I really mean that. Being a businessman is much different than being a politician because I understand what is happening. And we are going outside the establishment.”
Omarosa, a former participant on "The Apprentice" and presently Trump's Director for African American Outreach who’s also now a pastor as Trump noted in his speech, said Trump is clearly gaining support in the black community.
“You were in the room,” she said. “You felt the spirit. It was authentic. It was a very natural connection because they know that Mr. Trump is going to fight for them. When he talked about jobs, when he talked about the economy, when he talked about his family and his faith, they connected, because those are things that all Americans worry about. They’re worried about their families, they’re worried about their futures. And they’re very excited about someone who’s going to put God back into the schools, God back into every element of our lives. Unapologetically, Mr. Trump is a man of faith.”
Carson echoed Omarosa in his own exclusive interview with Breitbart News.
“I thought it was extremely well done,” Carson said of the event backstage afterward. “Donald Trump was well-received by the audience here and it’s very important for people to see for themselves rather than have this man interpreted for them by the media that has another agenda. The whole concept of togetherness and strength, we have radical Islamic terrorists who want to destroy us. And we’re just going to make it easy for them if we try to destroy ourselves. We need somebody who really wants to look at the totality—how do we Make America Great Again? We can’t make it great again unless every part is great, including cities like Detroit.”
Abraham Lincoln dreamed of such a day, saying, "My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope on Earth."
Following the service, Dr. Carson took Trump to visit the home where he grew up as a kid in Detroit---in fact, Trump and Carson spoke with the home's current owner.
Politically we'll see what happens.
Dr. Ben Carson's response to Fox News' Chris Wallace speaks to the fact that this was about more than merely politics.
On this week's broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace asked Dr. Ben Carson if he was worried about “being used as a prop for black voters” by the Trump campaign.
Although it was both a stupid and insensitive question, to say the least, to ask someone who has excelled in the field of medicine as Carson has, becoming one of the world's best pediatric surgeons, Dr. Carson is a humble man, a godly man and a deeply patriotic man.
He gave a humble and honest answer.
Wallace asked, “Do you worry that you’re being used as a prop for black voters and that supporting Donald Trump will end up hurting your credibility in the black community?”
Carson looked Wallace straight in the eye and said, “It’s not about me, it’s about our nation.”
The whole concept of someone doing something for any reason other than personal gain seems to be foreign to Chris Wallace and most others in the press.
"It's not about me, it's about our nation," stands in stark contrast to the prevailing worldview of the press and the ruling political class in America in 2016. Particularly Hillary Clinton.
And also, unfortunately, to the many "selfie" addicts in our make believe social media culture.
The press and self-serving politicians seem unable to grasp that there are people who truly love this country and actually want to "serve" it and help make it better because they love it.
Calvin Coolidge put it like this: "Patriotism is easy to understand in America---it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country."
Dr. Ben Carson is a godly patriot. He believes Trump shares his passion for our country. Why would Carson be obsessed with how someone might perceive him when our country hangs in the balance?
Winston Churchill put it more succinctly: "I was only the servant of my country and had I, at any moment, failed to express her unflinching resolve to fight and conquer, I should, at once, have been rightly cast aside."
America is soon to decide who will be "rightly cast aside" and who will serve our country as President.
May God give us all wisdom, discernment and the courage to do the right thing.