Living up to his campaign promise to cherish and defend our nation’s religious heritage, President Donald Trump offered a God-centered Easter message that will warm the hearts of the faithful.
“My fellow Americans, at this holy time of the year, families across our nation gather in homes, churches and synagogues to light candles and to praise God,” Trump said.
At a time of darkness in American politics, the president spoke of God’s redeeming love bringing an “everlasting light.”
“During the sacred holiday of Passover, Jewish families around the world give thanks to God for liberating the Jewish people from bondage in Egypt and delivering them to the promised land of Israel,” President Trump continued. “For Christians, we remember the suffering and death of God’s only son and his glorious resurrection on the third day. On Easter Sunday we proclaim with joy, ‘Christ has risen!’ Both of these sacred celebrations remind us that God’s love redeems the world. Almost 3,000 years ago the prophet Isaiah wrote, ‘Darkness covers the Earth, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you. For the Lord will be your everlasting light.’ In America we look to the light of God to guide our steps, we trust in the power of the Almighty for wisdom and strength, and we praise our heavenly father for the blessings of freedom and the gift of eternal life. Happy Passover, Happy Easter. Thank you, God bless you and God bless America.”
For comparison, former President Barack Obama shared the sentiment that “Christ has risen,” stating that Easter is “a time to rejoice, give thanks for the Resurrection, and unite with Christians around the world in proclaiming, ‘Christ has risen; He has risen indeed.’ We wish all who celebrate a blessed and joyful Easter.”
Obama has given thanks “to the extraordinary sacrifice of Jesus Christ, our Savior,” in previous statements, as well.
First lady Melania Trump wished Americans “happiness and health” on Good Friday, as she visited St. Mary’s Medical Center.