Ovation Greets Trump After Sharing Bible Verse With Detroit Black Church

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Every news media account of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s visit to a black church in Detroit on Saturday noted — often at length — that his appearance drew protesters.

What was less noted was that when he was done speaking to members of Greater Faith Ministries International, the black congregation rose to give Trump astanding ovation.

Trump later swayed and danced with the crowd as the choir sang to conclude Trump’s appearance.

During his appearance, Trump noted the significance of his role as the GOP nominee.

“Becoming the nominee of the party of Abraham Lincoln … has been the greatest honor of my life,” Trump said. “It is on his legacy that I hope to build the future of the party, but more importantly, the future of the country.”

Trump paid homage to the role of the black church, around which communities coalesced throughout America’s history.

“For centuries, the African-American church has been the conscience of this country. So true,” Trump said.

But the church, and its people, now face unholy times, he said.

“When I see wages falling, people out of work, I know the hardships this inflicts and I am determined to do something about it. I will do something about it,” Trump said. “I do get things done, I will tell you. I’m going to get things done.”

Trump noted that unity comes through reaching out as he did on Saturday.

“We talk past each other and not to each other. And those who seek office do not do enough to step into the community and learn what’s going on. I’m here today to learn, so that we can together remedy injustice in any form, and so that we can also remedy economics so that the African-American community can benefit economically through jobs and income and so many other different ways,” he said.

Trump also had a religious message for the crowd.

“I’d like to conclude with a passage from First John, Chapter 4. You know it. You see most groups I speak to don’t know that. But we know. If you want we can say it together,” Trump said, before reading the verse. “No one has ever seen God but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”

When Trump was done, Bishop Wayne Jackson, the church’s pastor, draped a prayer shawl over Trump’s shoulders and handed him a Jewish Heritage Study Bible.

 

“This is a prayer shawl straight from Israel. Whenever you’re flying from coast to coast … there is an anointing. And anointing is the power of God,” Jackson said. “It’s going to be sometimes in your life that you’re going to feel forsaken, you’re going to feel down, but the anointing is going to lift you up. I prayed over this personally and I fasted over it, and I wanted to just put this on you.”

Those who came were delighted with what they saw.

“I think that the experience of being in an African-American church and the presence of God, it was clear that it was new to him, but it was not in any way offensive,” said Carletta Vaughn, an avowed Hillary Clinton supporter and a pastor at Holy Ghost Cathedral in Detroit. “It was great.”

Seeing Trump up close changed impressions.

“I saw Donald Trump the human being, instead of Donald Trump the guy that just, you know, ‘We’re going to build a wall, we’re going to keep them out,’” said Sonia Green, 53.

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