The Truth Matters; That Includes Claims of Wiretapping

Unless your argument is honest, principled, and consistently applicable to both sides, you’re just being tribal. There’s nothing tough about tweeting and nothing weak about telling the truth. – David French

Inside the White House sits a mantel with a quote inscribed from our second President John Adams. In the final year of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered John Adams’s famous blessing carved on the stone fireplace of the State Dining Room where it can be seen today. On November 2, 1800, Adams wrote to his wife:

I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof.

Lately, I have found myself pondering those words of wisdom from one of our nation’s founders. Despite my many disagreements with President Trump during the 2016 campaign, after he took the oath on January 20, I have wished him well. After all, he is the President, and as a Christ follower, I understand he is under the authority of God.

In fact, Paul instructs those in the church in 1 Timothy 2, that we should pray for our leaders.

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:1-4).

As Trillia Newbell writes, to a world that is screaming at one another, our prayers display the unique peace that the gospel brings in the heart of believers, so we might be able to “lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (v. 2b). God’s desire is for all people—from the lowest ranks to the highest—to be saved (v. 4). Ultimately, our prayers are about Jesus and pleading that those who do not know him would come to a knowledge of our great Savior.

This all leads to President Trump’s claim that former President Obama wiretapped his campaign.

Despite the absence of evidence, White House press secretary Sean Spicer stated Thursday that President Trump “stands by” his allegation. According to the Washington Post, Spicer stated this claim, despite statements from the leaders of congressional investigations that no evidence had been found.

Earlier that day, the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said their investigation into the matter so far has turned up no evidence that the U.S. government had conducted surveillance on Trump Tower in New York, either before or after the election on Nov. 8.

“Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016,” read the statement by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the committee chairman, and Sen. Mark R. Warner (Va.), the committee’s ranking Democrat.

If President Trump has evidence of wiretapping than he should prove it. As President, he could access this information. If he does not, that also matters. President Trump has a habit of spouting off verbal nonsense; Rafael Cruz and the JFK assassination, Obama’s birth certificate, electoral college victory margin, largest inaugural crowd, etc. This may not matter to some, but it should.

We have important issues in front of us. We need a President that we can trust when he speaks to the American public. Dumbing down truthfulness and irreverent babble does not bring clarity. I will continue to pray that President Trump has wisdom, courage, and self-control. Most importantly, I’ll pray for his heart, after all – 18 But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. – Matthew 15:18

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