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Religion’s Role in Trump’s Inauguration Weekend Was Prominent

Church choirs sang, a half-dozen religious leaders prayed and Donald Trump, as U.S. presidents before him, mentioned God in his inauguration speech. “There should be no fear. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly, we will be protected by God,” he said.

Many Americans felt Trump’s religiously infused inauguration ceremony was noteworthy for a president whose personal faith wasn’t a prominent part of his campaign. “Like many Americans, Trump has a variety of ties to organized religion, but it doesn’t define him, and he’s not well-versed in beliefs and practices,” the Deseret News reported.

However, the music heard, Christian leaders who spoke, Bibles used and subsequent church ceremony tied the inauguration together in an overall religious manner.

Two well-known religious singing groups performed on Inauguration Day. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, accompanied by the U.S. Marine Band, sang “America the Beautiful.” The Washington National Cathedral Choir of Men, Boys and Girls sang “God Bless America.”

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has performed at five previous inaugurations, for both Democratic and Republican presidents.

Trump invited six faith leaders to participate in Friday’s swearing-in ceremony. “The last seven presidential inaugurations, since the elder Bush’s in 1989, have had one or two members of the clergy offering prayers and readings,” Pew Research Center reported. None of the six was Presbyterian, Trump’s denomination.

The first three speakers, a Catholic and two evangelical Christians, shared biblical passages and an opening prayer.

A prayer of King Solomon from the ninth chapter of the Book of Wisdom was read by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York. The passage is a plea for God’s help in becoming a wise and strong leader.

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, senior pastor at New Season Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, Calif., and president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, recited the Beatitudes from Matthew 5.

Pastor Paula White, a televangelist and pastor of the New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Fla., concluded the opening religious interlude, praying for God’s blessings on Trump and the United States of America.

The second group of religious leaders spoke after Trump’s speech. Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, offered blessings for the new president and asked for God’s guidance in keeping the country focused on righteous work. He was the first rabbi since 1985 to speak during an inauguration ceremony.

Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, read from 1 Timothy 2.

Bishop Wayne Jackson, a prosperity gospel preacher and leader of Great Faith Ministries International in Detroit, Mich., shared the final benediction. “May the Lord bless and keep America … and give us peace,” he said.

Trump ended his oath of office with “so help me God,” joining a tradition that isn’t required by law.

“This reference to God is…[READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE: http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/69401/20170123/religions-role-in-trumps-inauguration-weekend-was-prominent.htm ]

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Religious leaders at inauguration stress piety over politics

Six religious leaders, five Christians and one Jew, prayed at Friday’s inauguration ceremony for President Donald Trump, and for the most part, they stressed piety over politics, offering prayers that could be shared by Americans of virtually any political persuasion.

For the most part, the religious leaders who took part in Friday’s inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States emphasized piety over politics, offering prayers which, in principle, could be shared by Americans of virtually any political persuasion.

Prior to Trump taking the oath of office, three prominent figures on the American Christian landscape were called upon to offer Scriptural readings and an invocation: Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who went first; Reverend Dr. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, an Evangelical; and Pastor Paula White-Cain of the New Destiny Christian Center, an Evangelical and televangelist.

Dolan delivered a reading from the Book of Wisdom, asking God to help leaders “to govern the world in holiness and righteousness, [and] to render judgment with integrity of heart.

“Though we may be perfect among mortals, if wisdom which comes from you is lacking, we count for nothing,” the reading continued.

Rodriguez read from chapter five of the Gospel of Matthew, from the beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount, offering blessings upon the poor, the humble, those who hunger and thirst for justice, the merciful, the pure in heart, those who work for justice, and those who are persecuted for doing right.

White-Cain then delivered an invocation, the first time…[READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE: https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2017/01/20/religious-leaders-inauguration-stress-piety-politics/ ]

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Trump Sets Record For Number of Prayer Services During Inaugural Ceremonies

President-elect Donald Trump’s will have more prayers read during his inauguration ceremonies than any president in American history.

Trump, who began Inauguration Day at St. John’s Church for a service, will have six religious prayers, three invocations, and three benedictions during Friday’s ceremonies, McClatchy DC reports.

The New York Times has the lineup:

¦ A Catholic, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the archbishop of New York.

¦ A Hispanic evangelical, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

¦ A woman, Pastor Paula White, of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Fla.

¦ A Jew, Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, in Los Angeles, which teaches about the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and prejudice.

¦ A white evangelical, the Rev. Franklin Graham, son and successor of the evangelist Billy Graham.

¦ An African-American, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson of Great Faith Ministries, in Detroit.

According to Times, that’s a record. Richard Nixon previously held the record with five during his inauguration in 1969.

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Scripture read by the Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez at inauguration

(CNN)The Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, read from the Sermon on the Mount, in chapter 5 of the Gospel of Matthew, New Living Translation, at the inauguration Friday.

God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.

God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.

God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

He blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. [READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/20/politics/donald-trump-inauguration-samuel-rodriguez/ ]

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Detroit pastor pushes for unity in inaugural speech

Washington — Bishop Wayne T. Jackson of Detroit gave the closing prayer of Friday’s inauguration at the U.S. Capitol, urging the nation to mend its divisions and unite.

“We were all created by you with one blood, all nations to dwell upon this land together,” said Jackson, pastor of Great Faith Ministries International church on Grand River.

“We are not enemies. We are brothers and sisters. We’re not adversaries, but we’re allies. We’re not foes, but we’re friends. Let us be healed by the power of your love and united by the bond of your spirit.”

Under a light drizzle, Jackson delivered the third and final benediction of the ceremony, asking God to bless the 45th president, Donald Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence.

He asked God to give them the “wisdom of Solomon, the vision of Joseph and the meekness of Christ: Solomon, who kept peace among many nations. Joseph, who dreamed better for the people. And Christ, who accepted us all.”

Jackson spoke to The Detroit News after he went back inside the Capitol to warm up and reunite with his wife, Beverly.

He said it was an honor to stand among the president…[READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/20/detroit-pastor-unity/96847506/ ]

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In prayer, Franklin Graham sees rain at inauguration as good omen for Trump

Speaking at President Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday, North Carolina-based evangelist Franklin Graham said his prayer was that God would bless the new president, his family, his administration “and may He bless America.”

But Graham began with an ad lib: “Mr. President, in the Bible, rain is a sign of God’s blessing. And it started to rain, Mr. President, when you came to the platform (for his inaugural speech).”

Graham, who heads the Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, was one of six clergy members – five of them Christian – who offered prayers or read from Scripture during the inauguration for Trump, who is Presbyterian.

Graham chose to read a passage from Paul’s First Letter to Timothy, chapter 2, which calls for prayers for all people, including “kings and for all those in authority, that we may live peacefully quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

Graham, who also leads Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian charity in Boone, also invoked the name of Jesus several times Friday, as did some of the other…

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Evangelical Leader on Trump and Illegals: ‘I’m a Latino and a Christian. Which Is More Important?’

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, who led a prayer at Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, has admitted in an interview that Latino Christians face challenging questions surrounding America’s new political reality.

Although Trump made strong calls for deporting unauthorized immigrants from America throughout his presidential campaign, CNN pointed to exit polls showing that close to 30 percent of Hispanics ended up voting for Trump regardless.

“It’s a wake up call to both parties,” Rodriguez told CNN. “The Democratic Party has an issue with faith. If they have an issue with faith, they have an issue with the Latino community. We understand the pro-choice platform, but you can at least be nuanced with that, like President [Barack] Obama.”

He argued that while many Latinos have a problem with Trump’s rhetoric and threats of deportation, the Democratic Party has gone too secular, making it hard for Latino Christians to decide who to support.

“Who do we vote for?” Rodriguez asked. “I’m a Latino and I’m a Christian, so which one should I prioritize? Which one is more important?”

Trump made conflicting comments regarding his plans for unauthorized…[READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE: http://www.christianpost.com/news/evangelical-leader-samuel-rodriguez-trump-illegals-latino-christian-173266/ ]

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A Trump hope: To unite a divided country

After a caustic campaign that sharply divided voters, President Trump hopes to heal the nation. What must he do to achieve this? Can he protect Christians’ religious liberty? Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who spoke at the inauguration, weighs in

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Samuel Rodríguez es el primer evangélico latino en investidura de EE.UU.

El reverendo de descendencia puertorriqueña inició la toma de posesión de Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — El pastor Samuel Rodríguez se convirtió en el primer latino evangélico en participar en una investidura presidencial estadounidense, al invocar el viernes la toma de posesión de Donald Trump junto a otros líderes religiosos.

El reverendo de descendencia puertorriqueña inició la toma de posesión leyendo desde el versículo 13 al 16 del evangelio de Mateo sobre la bienaventuranza del pobre, un pasaje de las escrituras sagradas que él escogió para la ocasión.

El presidente de National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference compartió con The Associated Press antes de la ceremonia el agradecimiento que siente hacia Trump por “este privilegio que me otorga y que no puedo poner en palabras”.

Rodríguez dijo haberse sorprendido cuando recibió la invitación a mediados de diciembre, y decidió aceptarla pese a que se identifica un votante independiente y no apoyó el tono de la campaña electoral de Trump.

“Estoy haciendo presencia porque quiero ver cambio en este país”, indicó. “Samuel Rodríguez, que tiene hijos y nietos latinos y mexicanos, quiere ver cambio”.

“El partido republicano debe aprovechar este momento y verdaderamente abrazar la comunidad latina en una forma clara”, agregó. “Ellos tienen que hacer un esfuerzo muy claro en alcanzar e involucrar al pueblo latino”.

El magnate neoyorquino tildó durante…

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Donald Trump Held a Very Godly Inauguration

Christianity has been a part of the presidential inauguration since George Washington laid his hand on a Bible for the very first swearing-in. Incoming presidents have invited pastors to give invocations, quoted the Old and New Testaments liberally and gone to prayer services before and after the ceremony.

So it was not unusual that Donald Trump sought to involve faith in his inauguration.

But the ways in which the 45th President invoked God in his inaugural addresswere unusually blunt. Trump promised to “unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth,” and said that unity will be “total allegiance to the United States of America.” He then quoted a Psalm of David from the Bible to buttress his policy. “The Bible tells us, ‘how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.’”

He then invoked God’s divine protection over the United States, a common theological concept sure to resonate among evangelicals. “There should be no fear … most importantly, we are protected by God,” he said. And he said that children are “infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.”

The swearing-in ceremony did more than reference God, however. It named Jesus Christ specifically, and often.

This public celebration of Jesus was a reason many evangelicals voted for Trump. White evangelicals were core to Trump’s constituency—81% of them voted for him in November. Trump’s campaign also elevated Pentecostals and television preachers, who played a central role in his evangelical advisory committee. Some have been criticized for preaching a gospel of prosperity, a theological belief that God wants followers to thrive in wealth and health.

Paula White-Cain, Trump’s longtime spiritual advisor and leader of New Destiny Christian Center, was the first female clergy to lead an inaugural prayer, according to the inaugural committee. “Let your favor be upon this one nation under God,” she prayed. “Let these United States of America be that beacon of hope to all people and nations under your dominion, a true hope for humankind.” Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York prayed from Solomon’s prayer for wisdom: “She knows and understands all things, and will guide us prudently in our affairs.” Sam Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, read aloud Jesus’ words from the Sermon on the Mount: “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.”

Franklin Graham, who leads…[READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE: http://time.com/4641780/trump-inauguration-faith-religion-evangelical/ ]

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