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Northern Ireland's next First Minister should follow the lead of Trump when it comes to Christian values

US President Donald Trump gave an impressive and moving hour-long maiden speech, citing many areas that were of importance to the American people and, despite facing much criticism since coming into office, managed to deliver a most conciliatory tone of message to the American people.

One aspect that stood out for Christian people worldwide was his reference to the Bible and his reference to God several times. In all the turmoil in the world, it is comforting to hear words like this when so many have so little to do with the God of the Bible.

Mr Trump also mentioned attacks on Jewish property and desecration of Jewish graves, which has happened in America in the same way as happened in Belfast, which was a despicable act of anti-Semitism. Mr Trump is a vocal supporter of Israel and the same God he mentions is the Lord God of Israel in the pages of the Bible.

Mr Trump's speech, saying there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for his friend and how all the people of that country must work together to make a brighter future (with the 250th anniversary of the US coming up in another nine years), is a far cry from the tone of things in Northern Ireland, which was also once making strides for peace in the eyes of the world.

It would be heart-warming if, after the elections, the new First Minister would be able to give a conciliatory speech, like Mr Trump's at Congress, that showed signs of true statesmanship and vision and vigour for the future.

Like Mr Trump, I hope our elected leaders won't forget the important role of the Bible and God for their country and may they be able to say, like the American President, "God bless Northern Ireland".

May that be the prayer of every Christian across the province.


Bangor, Co Down


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