When he wasn’t busy tweeting about “fake news” and patting his own back for his nonexistent accomplishments, Donald Trump manage to show up late to midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Unexpectedly, the reverend then had a few choice and poignant words for the president of the United States.
Trump, who was never publicly religious prior to running for president as a Republican candidate, is fully committed to pandering to his conservative followers and pretending to be a Christian with Christian values. Anyone who has ever heard him speak, at any point in his public life, can confidently assert that Donald Trump is no more a Christian than the moon is made of cheese.
The president had an eventful Christmas Eve, which included participating in NORAD, which tracks Santa Claus.
The president and first lady attended Christmas Eve mass at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-sea, where Reverend James Harlan delivered a pointed and meaningful sermon directed at Trump himself, during which the importance and power of words was discussed.
Donald Trump, who sat in the third row on the aisle seat, is well known for dragging his entire brood, grown children and their spouses included, to events, but on this occasion only Melania was in tow. The church’s rector, Reverend James Harlan, gave the homily.
He began his speech by quoting Nelson Mandela, noting that he rebelled against his government’s systemic oppression, saying:
‘It is never my custom to use words lightly. If 27 years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.’
Reverend Harlan emphasized the power of language:
‘Words matter. The book of Proverbs talks often about the power of words. Proverbs 18, for example says death and life are in the power of the tongue. Words can build up or tear down. Words can speak the truth or obfuscate truth. Words convert information, emotion, motivation.’
He drove his point home to the president by adding:
‘Your words can have as much destructive potential as they do healing.’
You can watch the entire mass in the video below, courtesy of YouTube:
Below you can see some of the top responses from Twitter users to Trump’s Christmas Eve roast. The people seem to be in agreement that the Christmas message the reverend did his best to impart likely fell on deaf ears.
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