Texas megachurch pastor and longtime Donald Trump supporter Robert Jeffress has defended the president amid criticism over his not reciting the Apostles’ Creed during the funeral of former president George H.W. Bush.
During the service when the Christian statement of faith known as the “Apostles’ Creed” was being recited, many noted that Trump was not reciting the creed or reading the text from the bulletin, even as the former presidents beside him were doing so.
In a statement emailed to The Christian Post on Thursday, the lead pastor at First Baptist Church of Dallas explained that he has personally seen President Trump sing hymns and recite Christian prayers.
“I’ve stood next to President Trump and heard him recite the Lord’s Prayer, and I sat behind him at Billy Graham’s funeral and watched him and the first lady sing ‘All Hail The Power of Jesus’ Name,’” said Jeffress.
Jeffress labeled the outrage over Trump not reciting the Apostles’ Creed a “manufactured controversy” and a “nothing burger” that was “cooked up by the perennial Trump haters.”
“There are times in my own church services when I fail to sing the hymns or recite the Scripture because I’m distracted by my own thoughts,” continued Jeffress. “I imagine the leader of the free world has a few things on his mind, as well.”
On Wednesday, the Washington National Cathedral presided over the funeral of George H.W. Bush, with Trump and his wife Melania sitting in the front row along side the remaining living former presidents and their wives.
Click here to read more.
SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski