The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday concerns faith, religion, and spirituality. The Puritans were some of the first Europeans to come to America, and they made the voyage because they wanted to practice their religion in peace. Other people came searching for a peaceful place to live according to their religion. I believe that it is safe to say that religion has always been important in America. We know that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of religion to every American.
Before I start the discussion, I desire to define the words faith, religion, and spirituality. I believe that it is critical to understand what each of these words mean. An internet definition of faith is “complete trust or confidence in someone or something; strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.” Synonyms include trust, belief, confidence, conviction, and expectation.
An internet definition of religion is “a belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods; a particular system of faith and worship; a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance.” Synonyms include faith, belief, divinity, worship, creed, teaching, doctrine, theology, religious group, faith community, church, denomination, persuasion, and affiliation.
The same source gave this definition of spirituality: “the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.” There were no synonyms listed for this word.
Both Democrat and Republican conventions spoke about faith and religion, and Kelsey Dallas wrote about the different approaches being made to people of faith. “The Democrat and Republican national conventions each featured prayers, pastors and multiple speakers saying, ‘God Bless America.’ But, in terms of religion-related messaging, the similarities ended there.”
Dallas stated that the “Democrats focused on Joe Biden’s personal faith and guiding values” because they wanted to emphasize that he would bring moral leadership to the office. They obviously think that Trump “has fallen short” in this category. They “appealed to worshippers fed up with injustice and corruption.”
According to Dallas, the Republicans “spoke more often and more directly about religious conflict and what faith communities could lose if Trump leaves office next year.” Their emphasis was not on Trump’s religious commitments, but it centered on “religion’s role in America’s founding and attacked the Biden campaign’s faith-related claims.” They “spoke to those who worry their way of life is under threat.”
Speakers at both conventions courted religious voters because they “represent around two-thirds of those who are registered to vote.” However, “they seemed to have very different listeners in mind.”
Both Biden and Trump identify as “religious,” but “many Americans are skeptical of their claims.” Biden claims to have been a life-long faithful Catholic who “is guided by faith.” However, this same Biden was caught numerous times plagiarizing speeches, or stealing the words and ideas of other people. This same man has been accused of being a home wrecker by Bill Stevenson, the ex-husband of Jill Biden. Stevenson said that Joe and Jill began an affair while Jill was still married to him.
In addition, Biden supports abortion “under any circumstances” and “for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy.” His views on abortion are “increasingly extreme.” His parenting also comes into question because of the acts of Hunter Biden and the rumors surrounding him. Hunter is reported to have entered an affair with the widow of his dead brother Beau. He is also said to have fathered a child out of wedlock with a stripper and then denied until a paternity test proved his fatherhood. Then there is the whole thing about deals in Ukraine and China where there are many questions about his honesty.
Many Never-Trumpers do not like Donald Trump because they do not like his morals, or his lack of morals. Everyone knows that Melania is Trump’s third wife, and he has been accused of cheating on all of them. He has never denied nor agreed with the accusations. He also has a foul mouth and says crude things. He is accused all the time of lying.
This information tells me that neither Biden nor Trump can claim the high ground on moral character. Even though their sins may be different, no one can claim that the sins of one are worse or better than the other. I am a firm believer in the principle of repentance and the basic fact that people can change and put their sins behind them.
I am not looking for a prophet of God to become President of the United States, although I agree that it would be a wonderful experience. I already have a divinely called prophet, seer, and revelator, even Russel M. Nelson, to guide me spiritually. He is assisted by fourteen other men who I also sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators. In addition, I have a stake president and a bishop to guide me spiritually.
I do not expect the next President of the United States to be any better spiritually than the other presidents of my lifetime. While John F. Kennedy was President, women came to the White House for immoral activities. Lyndon B. Johnson was one of the most crude and gross men ever elected to the office of President of the United States – and rumored to be unfaithful to his wife. Bill Clinton had an affair in the Oval Office and lied about it to Congress. I do not have the words to define how corrupt Barack Obama is in my eyes. I feel certain that the other Presidents had just as many sins.
I voted for Donald Trump in 2016 because he promised to choose judges and justices who would protect and preserve the Constitution. I took him at his word, and I have been pleased with the caliber of judges and justices who have been confirmed.
I have been pleasantly surprised with many of the accomplishments of Donald Trump. One of the greatest surprises is that he has accomplished almost every single thing that he told us he would do. He has kept his word to the American people.
I believe that Trump sincerely loves America and Americans. He sees the greatness of America despite knowing that there are some dark chapters in our history. He has given away every dollar of salary paid to him over the past four years and has been said to have lost $3 million while serving as President.
I support Trump because he is pro-life. In fact, he is the most pro-life President that I have known, and he is not afraid to let the world know that he fights for Americans, born and unborn. He also fights to keep taxpayer money from paying for abortions in America and in foreign nations.
Most of all, I support Donald Trump because he is not a pushover. Previous Republican presidents have stepped backwards when Democrats pushed them, but Trump pushes back. He fights for what is right for America and Americans. He fights to protect and preserve the Constitution. He loves America, and he fights for the American people. I believe that he willingly stands between America and the people/organizations who are trying to destroy our American way of life.
There are many people in the world who claim to be “religious.” Some of them do some terrible things in the name of their “religion.” I am not impressed with people who claim to be religious but have little spirituality. The policies of the Republican Party seem to me to have more spirituality in them, such as fighting for the innocent unborn children. He seems to be as concerned about the souls of Americans as their physical circumstances.
Although I do not expect Donald Trump to be my spiritual leader, I believe that he has more spirituality than Joe Biden. I believe that he is more apt to seek guidance from Heavenly Father in making decisions for the United States. He has my support for another four years because I like his accomplishments over the past four years.