Reprinted from Baptist Press (www.baptistpress.com), news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.
And Dr. Lance Plyler of the Samaritan's Purse evangelical Christian organization argued that, regardless of skin color, language, religion or country of residence, "We are all equal in the eyes of God" and "all neighbors". Let us pray for a future where every child has a warm, safe and loving home. "Every life is sacred and every soul is a previous gift from heaven".
"Let me just say... Before you were born, I set you apart, '" which is from Jeremiah 1:5.
The Trump administration may also work to expand protections for faith-based adoption agencies, which risk losing government funding if they require prospective clients to meet certain religious standards.
President Trump, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Thursday, assured his audience that his administration will protect religious liberties.
Mr. Trump also brought up religious persecution overseas, human trafficking and other issues he says his administration is committed to addressing.
It was Trump's third annual speech to the National Prayer Breakfast.
Pointing to the leadership of "people of faith" in some of the most important moments in American history, Trump appeared to suggest that they also had a hand in the "abolition of civil rights". "When we open our hearts to faith, we fill our hearts with love".
In all likelihood, Trump was verbally conflating the 19th century abolition movement against slavery, with the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s that rolled back Jim Crow laws and gave African-Americans sweeping protections in public accommodation and voting.
This year's program included a mix of conservative and progressive speakers, including Gary Haugen, a human rights activist and International Justice Mission founder, and Christian performing artist Chris Tomlin, who provided praise music between speakers.
"I believe it is the holy faithfulness of God that should keep us from growing tired in doing good, but we do grow tired, don't we?"
"Even in this divided era, there is good that we all agree should be done", he said.
IJM is a leader in the effort to end human trafficking, and February 7 is Shine a Light on Slavery Day.
She called Trump's speech "theatrics" and said she viewed the president's declaration that investigations into him could harm the economy as an "all-out threat".
In introducing Trump, Sen. James Lankford, R-O.K., and Sen.