Jan 23, 2017 by Will Maule

Robert Jeffress Inauguration Sermon: 'Nehemiah Shows Us That God Is Not Against Building Walls'

On the morning of Donald Trump's inauguration, he attended a service at St. John's Episcopal Church opposite the White House. What you might not know is that it was pastor Robert Jeffress who led the service. Jeffress, a Southern Baptist, was a big advocate of Trump during his campaign and used the service to compare the new President to a certain Biblical character - Nehemiah. TIME magazine has now published the transcript from that sermon.

"As the prophet Daniel said, it is God who removes and establishes leaders," Jeffress said in his address. "Today, one year later, God has raised you and Vice-President-elect Pence up for a great, eternal purpose."

Jeffress continued "When I think of you, President-elect Trump, I am reminded of another great leader God chose thousands of years ago in Israel. The nation had been in bondage for decades, the infrastructure of the country was in shambles, and God raised up a powerful leader to restore the nation. And the man God chose was neither a politician nor a priest. Instead, God chose a builder whose name was Nehemiah."

"And the first step of rebuilding the nation was the building of a great wall. God instructed Nehemiah to build a wall around Jerusalem to protect its citizens from enemy attack."

"You see, God is NOT against building walls!"

Pastor Jeffress went on to describe why he thinks that Nehemiah was able to build the wall so successfully, and made clear comparisons to the President. "Nehemiah Refused To Allow His Critics To Distract Him," Jeffress pointed out. "President-elect Trump, you have had your share of critics from the day you announced you were running for President, but you’ve confounded them at every turn."

Jeffress believes that Nehemiah's critics of Sanballat and Tobiah were comparative today's modern media, who have smeared Trump at every point on his electoral journey. "They continued to hound and heckle Nehemiah and spread false rumors while he and the Israelites were building the wall," Jeffress said. 

"At one point, they said, “Nehemiah, you need to stop the project and come down from the wall and have a meeting with us.” Nehemiah’s response was classic: “I’m doing a great work . . . why should I stop the work and come down to you?” (Nehemiah 6:3)."

"President-elect Trump, you, Vice President-elect Pence, and your team have been called by God and elected by the people to do a great work. It is a work far too important to stop and answer your critics," Jeffress declared. 

Pastor Jeffress went on to describe how Nehemiah sought God for help, and asserted that Donald Trump should do the same. "The challenges facing our nation are so great that it will take more than natural ability to meet them," he said. "We need God’s supernatural power."

"The good news is that the same God who empowered Nehemiah nearly 2500 years ago is available to every one of us today who is willing to humble himself and ask for His help."

Jeffress continued: "President-elect Trump, you had a campaign slogan that resonated with tens of millions of Americans because it spoke to their heartfelt desire: “Make America Great Again.” Psalm 33:12 gives us the starting point for making that happen: “Blessed— great—is the nation whose God is the Lord.”"

"May God bless President-elect Trump, Vice-President-elect Pence, their families and advisers. And may God truly bless the United States of America."

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