Pelosi shows Christian approach to U.S. politics
“He’s talking about things he knows little about: faith and prayer.” So spoke House speaker Nancy Pelosi about President Trump in a recent news conference. Her comments referred to Trump’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast where he spoke about Mitt Romney‘s statement that his faith played a major role in voting for Trump’s conviction at his impeachment trial; that his conscience compelled him to vote for conviction.
President Trump also spoke about Nancy Pelosi’s statement that she prayed for the President. He said that both were lying.
Having once spent an entire year on the subject of faith while teaching at Pacelli High School I can assure you that Mitt Romney’s speech before Congress was right on. Concerning Nancy Pelosi’s statement about praying for the president, let’s recall that love and forgiveness are at the heart of our Christian faith.
The phrase, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” comes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and is the heart of our Christian faith in God. Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Love and forgiveness are core values of who we are as Christians.
I believe President Trump’s comments about Nancy Pelosi and Mitt Romney did not belong at the National Prayer Breakfast and show a lack of understanding of what being a Christian is about. I think it would be wise for us to remember the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” It seems to me that it’s normal for some people to be roasted at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. President Obama did that to Donald Trump at the 2011 dinner concerning the Obama birth certifi cate controversy. There are those who think that President Trump’s overturning so much of what President Obama did goes back to that. The message that I so often get from President Trump is that “if you do something that I do not like I will come after you.” I prefer the more Christian way of Nancy Pelosi. She has been asked about the passage of the USMCA trade bill, the successor to the NAFTA trade bill. At a Wall Street Journal event for corporate executives, she related the question about the USMCA trade bill that many had asked of her: ‘Why would you give President Trump a victory?’ Her response was: “Well, why wouldn’t we? This is the right thing to do for our trade situation, for our workers.” She did what she believed was right for the American people. We need more people in Washington acting in this way.