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Presidents Can Say ‘America First’

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Christians should say 'Soli Deo Gloria'

By Nik Grosfield

No one is surprised when The New York Times criticizes President Donald Trump. Nor is anyone impressed when Fox News defends him. The reverse was typical during the prior administration. These trends are not inherently wrong, discrediting, or new—they neither started nor ended with Trump’s inauguration speech. But they carry less sway than when a supporter opposes his ally or an opponent defends his enemy.

President Trump’s inaugural address was short in length, but long on hyperbole. Phrases such as "scattered like tombstones," "every breath in my body," and "never, ever let you down" ranged from partly false to entirely divine descriptions.

But a phrase that really made headlines was putting "America first." Some of Trump’s detractors called this ignorant of, or akin to, the fascist-friendly pre-World War II America First movement. The new president wants to bring down the unquestionably preferable multilateral global system, they cried, and replace it with backward or dangerous self-interested nationalism. One complaint lamented the lack of a Lincoln-esque appeal to "the better angels of our nature."

First, both those who love and hate Trump need to start accepting that he is no Abraham Lincoln. Second, as geopolitical forecaster George Friedman pointed out several months ago, fascism has two characteristics that need not correspond to nationalism: restricted self-determination and rise of dictators. Third, media outlets do not tend to vilify Uganda, Egypt, Paraguay, or Norway when their domestic and foreign policies put their own countries first. But for the same crime, it seems they think America should leave the planet—just not back to the Moon. Fourth, wise and humble leadership can steer patriotic fervor toward positive domestic and foreign policies and away from extremes like isolationism or belligerence.

On the other hand, normal Christian citizens have a higher calling than nationalism. In fact, they can exchange "America first" for "soli Deo gloria" (to God alone be the glory). They can wait to raise President Trump’s popular slogan of "Make America Great Again" until long after they proclaim the character, works, and name of God in America. In fact, this may be how to make America great.

Ponder whether the following verses allow any rivals to God in the hearts of His people. Note the faith, humility, action, and priorities of each psalmist. Then try praying them in your own heart’s longing for God’s glory in, and mercy toward, your country.

  • "I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness." (Psalm 145)
  • "The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!" (Psalm 33)
  • "Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God." (Psalm 146)
  • "Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!...Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!...Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!...Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!" (Psalm 107:6, 8, 13, 15, 19, 21, 28, 31)
  • "Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! Why should the nations say, ‘Where is their God?’ Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases." (Psalm 115)

Nikolas Grosfield is a writer from Montana. His work has appeared 180 times in national, local, and other media outlets. He earned a B.A. in History at Cedarville University, lived five years in the Middle East and East Africa. He is a devoted child of God, husband of Elsbeth, and daddy of Oliver and Elias.


The following expressions and comments are from our members and do not necessarily
represent or reflect the biblical or world views or opinions of the Presidential Prayer Team.

  1. Yes :The Glory needs to be given to the Lord. Meanwhile:we need to keep united in prayer and supplication.Jesus is united with us Christians and He is interceding So lets remember ;John 17:6…,John 17:20,Jesus praying for those who will believe in Him through their word… A great need to obey and teach he Word of God, to children and schools.
    Thanks for your word,blessings in Jesus’s name.

  2. Ginger says:

    As we pray for our nation to be restored, let us pray for the Third Great Awakening. Only God can restore America.

  3. Our great nation MUST seek Christ’s face and His PreEmninance as is told us in Hebrews 1. Only then will the USA be healed and humbled before HIM, and then He will uphold our nation as it is written in Isaiah 41:10 ” in His Righteous Right Hand”. May His Grace and Peace be bestowed on our nation if we chose to humble ourselves before our Creator and Savior.

  4. Connie says:

    Putting America first is not saying “put America before God”. We know God raises up leaders
    to save His people. We are now able to say “Merry
    Christmas”, “God”, I am a Christian, I believe.
    Through God and His power we can “Make America
    Great Again”, He is greater than any nation, man
    or other god.

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