Highlighting a raft of promises fulfilled by President Donald Trump through policies advancing economic prosperity and religious freedom, Vice President Mike Pence rallied faith leaders in Michigan Wednesday to pray for and support four more years of the Trump administration in 2020.
“I wanted to come here today and make sure you all knew, as leaders in the faith community here in western Michigan, the priority this president has placed on ensuring the freedom of religion and the freedom of speech of every American,” Pence said to applause in remarks made at the Valley Family Church, a nondenominational place of worship in Southwest Michigan.
“We really understand as — actually, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in ‘Democracy of America’ that the greatest of America doesn’t come from her corridors of government, federal or state, and it doesn’t even come from the bustling factories and industries and farms of this country. The strength of this country comes out of the character and the faith of the American people in preserving that freedom and preserving that faith,” Pence said.
Pence’s remarks, according to MLIVE, inspired several bouts of standing ovations, particularly when Pence highlighted the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“We’ve stood up to our enemies, we’ve stood with our allies. And nowhere more so is that true than the way this president stood with our most cherished ally. It was four administrations in a row that promised that they would recognize the capital — the capital of our most cherished ally in its historic place; the capital that that nation recognized. But it was President Donald Trump who recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the United States Embassy there,” Pence said to applause.
“I can honestly tell you, and I can tell all the great ministers in this room — and I know, in every little buckboard church that dots the landscape of this country, that since before the founding of America, that aspiration of seeing Israel restored to her historic home was there,” he continued, emphasizing that it was President Trump who had the courage to do what other presidents wouldn’t.
“It was this president — this president who’s recognized Israel’s capital and moved our embassy and recognized the Golan Heights are a part of Israel. And I promise you, this president and this administration will stand with Israel,” Pence assured.
Founding pastors of Valley Family Church, Jeff and Beth Jones, welcomed Pence with a prayer upon his arrival which praised God for His hand on President Trump.
“Thank you, Lord, for President Donald J. Trump and your hand upon him,” Beth Jones said during the prayer, MLIVE reported. “Thank you for his 2017 declaration in the Rose Garden that we are a nation of faith. We are in agreement with that and thankful for the favor that the president has shown toward people of faith and faith-based organizations.”