VIDEO: Trump Pouts, as Remaining Presidents Recite the Apostles’ Creed

VIDEO: Trump Pouts, as Remaining Presidents Recite the Apostles’ Creed December 5, 2018

So what is the Apostles’ Creed?

It is the oldest creed of the Christian church, and while not specifically written by the original 12 disciples of Christ, it is commonly used as a statement of the Christian faith.

It goes:

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; The Holy catholic Church, the Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.

The mention of “catholic,” in the creed isn’t speaking of the Roman Catholic Church, but the universal, undivided body of Christians.

So, in other words, for Christians it’s a pretty big deal, whether you’re Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopalian, or Pentecostal Holiness, like me.

No, it’s not the Sinner’s Prayer, but I dare say,  if you don’t believe every word of that creed, it is inconceivable that you could say the Sinner’s Prayer and actually mean it in a way that proves to be life-changing or spiritually beneficial.

It’s not a magic incantations, folks.

There was a lovely moment during the funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush today, where the congregation stood and recited the Apostles’ Creed, as one body.

It’s a wonderful thing to hear a crowd repeating, in unison, the truths of who our savior Jesus is, as well as the firm declaration of the Christian faith, unshakeable and sure.

And no, this is also not a magic incantation. Some who are not Christian, live in a way that is absolutely anathema to the Christian faith, could easily recite this creed and it mean nothing.

The clanging of gongs, and what not.

Still, for the Christian, it can be recited with power and surety.

I think it’s helpful to review it, every now and again, just to remind ourselves (Christians) what it is and Who it is we represent.

So when the congregants at the funeral of President Bush stood to read the creed, it did not go unnoticed when the one who has been hailed as the true savior of Christianity decided to sit this one out.

Along the row that featured the former presidents and their wives, along with our current president, Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, they all stood. They all held the text of the Apostles’ Creed in their hands, and they all read it together.

Ok. Not all of them.

And it was noticed.

Donald and Melania Trump stood, hands down (President Trump was holding the Creed in his hand), looking straight ahead, making no effort to recite with the others. CNN’s Keith Boykin caught the video.

In addition to former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former Vice President Al Gore can also be seen reading from the text of the prayer during the service.

“This is your ‘Christian’ evangelical president,” Boykin wrote sarcastically in response to Trump’s actions.

Boykin has a point.

Trump has held special events for evangelical leaders at the White House, giving them all ample opportunity to praise him for “saving” Christianity.

He has actually told them that he deserves their praise, because no one has done as much for Christians as he has.

He even expects to be praised for making it ok to say, “Merry Christmas” again, even though most people never stopped saying it.

That’s not the humility of a Christian.

So my first thought at seeing Trump and Melania refuse to read the Apostles’ Creed with the others was that he forgot and left his reading glasses at home.

Hey, it happens. I was caught without my glasses last week at an important meeting and hilarity ensued.

The more likely explanation, however, considering who we’re dealing with, is that he was pouting. The event wasn’t about him. He wasn’t the focus of attention,  and there were people there celebrating the life of a man who had done everything right.

He was a godly man. He was kind and humble. He had been loyal to the one true love of his life, Barbara, for 73 years of wedded bliss.

George Herbert Walker Bush was a portrait of life lived well.

And then there’s Donald Trump – thrice married, adulterous, profane, with multiple bankruptcies and kids that all look like extras from “American Psycho.”

There is nothing in Donald Trump’s life, or his current attitude that should suggest to anyone that he’s a Christian, but for some reason, evangelicals love him.

We keep being told that Trump is a “baby Christian,” but even a baby Christian has enough grace to understand the power of the Apostles’ Creed, or why you don’t make somebody else’s funeral about yourself.

That display says a lot about who Trump is, but I’ve given up hope of ever hearing any of his evangelical devotees admit they were wrong about him.

Or that they care.



Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!

What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • Halftrack2

    Deninatelly not surprised at the Pagan ignoring the Creed….

  • Daniel G. Johnson

    Good essay.

    I would further point out that apparently Donald’s mother never taught him how to sit in church. He sits on a pew like he’s on a toilet.

  • Brian Orion

    The guy is as Christian as a Shiite ayatollah is.

  • JASmius

    He can’t really help that, given that he’s got a rear end the size of a cross-town mass transit bus.

  • JASmius

    It’s not so much how Trump sat; it’s the times that he crossed his arms beneath that scowl on his pudgy mien. He does that a lot when he’s in settings where he’s uncomfortable and/or not getting his way. The only thing missing was him holding his breath.

    That’s yet another way in which Trump is unfit for the presidency. He has no self-discipline, even to the extent of portraying appearances and images that would be politically beneficial to him. Even Richard Nixon – who shared quite a few of Trump’s personality traits, like pettiness and vindictiveness – knew that much, rigidly controlling himself when in public and only lashing out in private. And look at the Obamas and the Clintons; nobody can convince me that they believed a word of the Apostle’s Creed they were reciting, but they did so because to not would have been conspicuously disrespectful and made them look bad. They knew enough to project the image of comity because the occasion required it.

    But not Trump. Watching his body language this morning was like reading a pop-up book. It’s the only way in which he’s ever transparent. You could tell his emotions and what was going through his mind without even trying, especially when the eulogizers were recounting Bush41’s character and graciousness and humility and selflessness, which he, in his unsurpassed insecurity, undoubtedly heard as personal attacks on himself. A hairlip would have been less obvious.

    Thank God the Bush family knew better than to ask him to speak. There are limits – “prudent” ones – to even their graciousness.

  • paws

    I have been a Christian my whole life, a devout Christian and very active with my faith. However, I was not familiar with the words of the Apostles Creed and was curious what they were reading. In my entire 50+ years in Christianity, attending services nearly every week and even teaching children’s classes, I have never read or heard the words to it. Obviously, my denomination is not of the “liturgical” variety, but still it is a mainstream evangelical denomination, and yet I was unfamiliar with the words and the congregational reading. If Trump’s exposure to church services has been in a similar circle, he truly may not be familiar with it.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Trump (and Melania) could still have read from the written page. Even if they don’t belong to that denomination, do so in honor of H.W. Bush who WAS a member of that denomination.

  • Mother124

    I’m not so sure he was pouting because the event wasn’t about him.

    My guess is that he doesn’t really believe all that stuff, and sees no point in it.

    After all, this is a man who doesn’t believe he’s ever done anything for which he needs to ask forgiveness.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I firmly believe Trump’s “normal” face (that he wears to all meetings and thinks shows concentration is the way it is because he’s constantly constipated.

    Perhaps that explains his “toilet-sitting”….

  • Ellen Elmore

    Trump doesn’t care about honoring anyone but himself. He thinks no one else is worthy of it. Trump hates it when he is not the center of attention and his sour expression reflected this. All the eulogies expressed great love for Bush who was a man of integrity, principles and morals. Trump has none of those qualities and it obviously made him very uncomfortable. The entire service was a celebration of a life well lived. Whereas, no one will ever be able to celebrate Trump as a life well lived.

  • I didn’t vote for him because I thought he was a Christian. So the fact that he didn’t recite the Creed means NOTHING to me as a believer. I rather him not recite it if he doesn’t mean it. This article is complete garbage.

  • JASmius

    It could also be terminal hemorrhoids.

  • JASmius

    No one who isn’t generously compensated for it, anyway.

  • JASmius

    You’re a believer? In what, exactly?

  • IllinoisPatriot

    The Trump-as-Messiah flim-flam apparently….

  • thinkingblackman

    If it’s “garbage”, Ricardo, why even read it, let alone comment on it? Methinks you’re triggered. Man up.

  • Johnny.Middlefinger

    Think he’s pondering that his funeral will not be anything like this. How he will not receive the fanfare like Bush. That’s why he has that face.

  • Paula Coyle

    the apostles creed is universally accepted across Christian denominations.

  • Paula Coyle

    The point is not what you think but what much of evangelicalism has been claiming about Trump’s ‘faith.’

  • Paula Coyle

    I know, don’t you love when people show up to tell us they don’t care? lol

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Acceptance (universal or otherwise) is not the issue here. The issue is common decency. If they cannot act in such a way as to honor HW Bush, they should never have attended.

    BTW: My faith is non-denominational and I have objections to the following passage:

    The Holy catholic Church, the Communion of Saints

    My Bible says nothing about “The Holy catholic Church” nor about “the Communion of Saints”. I wrote recently about man not having the divine authority to promote dead humans to sainthood and nothing in the Bible or Jesus’ teachings talks about who or what criteria would allow a mortal sinner (such as the Pope or council of cardinals) the authority to intercede with God on behalf of other mortal sinners or to be worthy of being prayed to.

    Therefore, I cannot accept the “apostles creed” as it is not accepted within my Christian belief system. We simply do not believe that mortal sinners have any authority to add to, subtract from, nor modify the contents of the Bible or of Jesus’ teachings. The Catholic “communion of Saints and their entire hierarchy of priesthood is a construct of mortal sinners (man) designed to insert itself into the personal relationship that exists between Jesus Christ and the Christians that follow Him. The construct of the “communion of saints” is designed to direct prayers away from Jesus toward dead mortals as a way of giving the priesthood power over the prayers of the “laypersons” (or individual Christians), thus tempting them off the path set by Christ.

  • John Swaringen

    I’m sure I’ll get hammered with comments but when it came to Trump vs. Hillary it wasn’t much of a choice. In the primary’s I voted for Ted Cruz (say what you will) but when it came down to it. A “so-called” conservative is a better alternative to a Democrat any day of the week. Ok. Start the flame wars.