Pompeo and Bolton Are an ‘Upgrade’ to National Security Team
Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land: Both Men Understand That in a Fallen, Sinful World, Diplomatic Solutions Often Don’t Occur Until the Prospect of Strong Military Force Is Part of the Equation
CHARLOTTE, N.C.— CIA Director Mike Pompeo is preparing for what will likely be a grueling Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, after President Donald Trump nominated Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.
Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) President and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land, who serves on President Trump’s advisory board for faith issues, weighed in on the nomination, stating that the president “upgraded his and America’s national security and foreign policy team” by nominating Pompeo and also by naming John Bolton as the new National Security Adviser.
“No disrespect to their predecessors, who were fine, patriotic Americans,” Land said, “but Pompeo and Bolton are an upgrade. Pompeo graduated first in his class from West Point, graduated from Harvard Law School and served three terms as a congressman from Kansas before becoming CIA Director. He is very much in sync with the president’s policies, and he is also a vibrant, deeply devoted Evangelical Christian.
“Bolton, the former American Ambassador to the United Nations, is a brilliant and insightful national security expert,” Land added. “He is the person that I recommended to be Secretary of State. Unfortunately, he is so good, the Senate likely would not have confirmed him. I will rest a little easier knowing that Mike Pompeo and John Bolton are advising the president when he meets with Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea. Mike Pompeo and John Bolton both understand, as does the president, that diplomatic solutions only occur in difficult situations when the prospect of strong military force is at hand. Strong military force and the will to use it tend to focus the attention of the bad actors in the world, and they have to put into the equation: ‘If we do this, what will the Americans do?’ They didn’t have to ask themselves that question under President Obama. They do now.Top of Form”
Land recently delved into this topic for his daily radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on nearly 800 stations nationwide.
SES is in the midst of its new “Philosophy, Politics and Economics” program, with classes in the current session continuing through May 4. Additionally, the 2018 National Conference on Christian Apologetics, which will focus on the theme of “The God Who Is,” is set for Oct. 12-13. The seminary will welcome top thinkers, scholars, authors, apologists and scientific minds, including Ravi Zacharias, to its 25th annual conference, which will be held at Calvary Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Read more about Southern Evangelical Seminary and SES President Dr. Richard Land here.