By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large
What do we make of this?
According to reports, Donald Trump played host to a group of spiritual leaders, including some well-known religious personalities, in his office at Trump Tower on Monday. The meeting lasted two and a half hours, and concluded with the gathering praying for the Donald. Some of the recognizable names in attendance included Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, as well as TBN co-founder Jan Crouch.
Trump is known to be a Presbyterian, and has made references to his faith since he began his campaign for president. He has, however, taken some heat for being a bit of a “fair-weather Christian,” as it has been noted that Trump has not exactly evidenced much knowledge, historically, of Scripture, or that he has otherwise made faith much of a priority in his life. Trump has countered such criticisms by saying that his spiritual life is one that he keeps entirely to himself.
Whatever observers from a distance might think, it appears that Trump made a very positive impression on the group assembled in his office; it has emerged that his message was especially well-received by the African-American pastors in attendance.
Trump has always had the unique potential of appealing to both Republicans and Democrats as somewhat of a crossover candidate, one who manages to genuinely appeal to a broad swath on both sides of the political spectrum. If Trump, with his record of colorful rhetoric…can nevertheless convince a room full of religious leaders that he is a serious, sincere candidate, as well as a devout person of faith, then Trump may end up enjoying the luxury of having it both ways – he can still be himself, without worrying about losing support from those whose job it is, largely, to be critical of outrageous behavior.