Our Meeting With Trump!
By now you’ve probably heard that Donald Trump met with a group of Evangelical leaders. We met for 2.5 hours on the 26th floor of Trump Towers. We had an open conversation about everything from his style of combating opponents to the hostility of government toward Christianity to world affairs and Israel. Regarding his tone, Trump humbly received the message by nodding his head, listening attentively and not being combative at all. He only pointed out that “I am a counter puncher. I never hit first, but I hear what you’re saying.”
What was surprising is that other other Pastors spoke up and said he shouldn’t be quick to change anything about his style. Saying, Americans are desperate for a leader who actually leads and if he changed who he was it would look inauthentic.
It ended with pastors gathering around Trump and laying their hands on him in prayer. Which struck me as interesting in itself as he didn’t seem uncomfortable in the least. During that time Pastors asked the Lord to give the frontrunner wisdom, stability and knowledge necessary to pursue this endeavor. They also prayed for America and for God’s will to be done.
My friend, Don Nori of Destiny Image said, “It started out inquisitive and a little cautious, but by the end it was more cordial, everyone wanted a picture with him,” he said. “People had a lot to say to him, a lot of advice, (but) it was not a pep rally for Donald Trump.”
Here are some highlights you would find interesting.
Pastor Darrell Scott and various other African American leaders
mentioned that there seems to be some detachment between him and the black community. While citing some polls to the contrary,
(25% positive rating) Trump agreed with the overall assessment and would try to do a better job and was open to suggestions.
There is no doubt that African American leaders face a certain amount of backlash the moment they step over into anything looking like a defection from the Democratic Party. These men struck me as some courageous leaders cut from a different cloth.
Scott believes the GOP presidential frontrunner made headway during the meeting.
“I think Donald Trump changed the opinions of the African-American pastors that were in the room. They saw a side of him outside of the media depiction, and that they would give strong consideration in regards to supporting his candidacy.”
As for faith issues, he talked about how religious liberty and Christianity is under attack in America and that there is a lot of religious intolerance for Christianity in today’s society. Trump thinks it crazy that he can’t say “Merry Christmas” in New York because it is so politically incorrect.
He then did a remarkable thing and challenged the room. “I think you’ve gotten weak in speaking up and making your own voice heard. You, me included, as Christians have been spoiled by a long period when Christianity was acceptable.”
It was a delightful jab in true Trump fashion. Marco Rubio is weak on immigration and Christians are weak on, well, being Christians.
Pastor Steve Munsey shared a personal story about Trump with the room that moved me. His town in Indiana was host location to one of Trumps Miss USA patents. Munsey pointed out that this is a relatively poor community and it meant a lot that the Pageant was held there. The limo trump drove in broke down by the side of the road. A motorist stopped and took on the task of changing the tire. Trump insisted on stepping outside the car and shaking the mans hand. A month later, the man discovered that Trump paid off his mortgage. “This is typical of the man, and he never does this for publicity” Munsey shared.
I’ve got two more important notes to share from this meeting and my own personal take…but right now the post is long enough.
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