If Anybody Has a Problem With You Praying for the President of the United States in Your Church, Then They Have a Problem.
Pastor David Platt of McLean Bible Church said many of those within his congregation were ‘hurt’ with his decision to pray for President Donald Trump on stage during Sunday’s service.
‘At the end of my sermon at the 1:00 worship gathering, I stepped to the side for what I thought would be a couple of moments in quiet reflection as we prepared to take the Lord’s Supper,’ Platt said in a statement to church members on Sunday evening titled ‘Prayer for the President.’
‘But I was immediately called backstage and told that the President of the United States was on his way to the church, would be there in a matter of minutes, and would like for us to pray for him,’ Platt continued, according to Politico.
Trump made an unscheduled visit to the church on Sunday, following the Friday shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach that left 13 people dead, including the gunman.
‘President Donald J. Trump is visiting McLean Bible Church in Vienna, VA, to visit with the Pastor and pray for the victims and community of Virginia Beach,’ Judd Deere, a spokesman for the White House, said in a statement on Sunday.
Trump’s motorcade stopped at the Northern Virginia megachurch as he was returning to the White House from a round of golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.
‘Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that we didn’t see coming, and we’re faced with a decision in a moment when we don’t have the liberty of deliberation, so we do our best to glorify God,’ Platt continued in the statement meant to explain why he publicly prayed for Trump.
‘Today, I found myself in one of those situations.’
Platt explained in the statement to churchgoers that he did not intend to endorse Trump, his policies or the Republican Party.
He said he was sharing this with members of the congregation ‘because I know that some within our church, for a variety of valid reasons, are hurt that I made this decision.’
‘This weighs heavy on my heart,’ he continued.
‘I love every member of this church, and I only want to lead us with God’s Word in a way that transcends political party and position, heals the hurts of racial division and injustice, and honors every man and woman made in the image of God,’ Platt told members of McLean Bible Church.
During the Sunday service, Platt prayed over Trump, who was wearing a blazer atop his golfing attire, and held one hand on the president’s back and the other in the air with a Bible in hand.
‘We pray that he would look to You,’ Platt said, addressing God, ‘that he would trust in You, that he would lean on you, that he would govern and make decisions in the ways that are good for justice and good for righteousness, and good for equity.’
Platt didn’t mention the deadly Virginia violence.
‘Lord we pray, we pray that you would give him all the grace he needs to govern,’ he said of Trump.
In his justification for praying for the president, Platt said the Bible instructs Christians to pray ‘for kings and all those who are in high position, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.’
Trump has the backing of evangelical leaders, including missionary Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, who announced a ‘Special Day of Prayer for the President’ for June 2, where he requested people set aside time to pray for Trump.
‘We will all stick together and WIN! Thank you Franklin,’ Trump tweeted on Saturday.
Even though Platt didn’t mention the victims of the Virginia Beach shooting in his prayer over the president, that was one of the reasons for Trump’s stop, according to the White House.
DeWayne Craddock went on a shooting spree at the Virginia Municipal Center on Friday, according to police, and fired from two .45 caliber pistols. He killed 11 coworkers, a building contractor and then died when exchanging gunfire with police.
‘Spoke to Virginia Governor @RalphNortham last night, and the Mayor and Vice Mayor of Virginia Beach this morning, to offer condolences to that great community,’ Trump tweeted Saturday. ‘The Federal Government is there, and will be, for whatever they may need. God bless the families and all!’
The former Virginia worker submitted a resignation earlier in the morning on Friday and a partially redacted version was released Monday.
‘I want to officially put in my (2) weeks’ notice to vacant my position of Engineer III with the City of Virginia Beach,’ Craddock wrote. ‘It has been a pleasure to serve the City, but due to personal reasons I must relieve my position.’
An unidentified person responded stating that he or she hoped that Craddock would be able to resolve his personal issues and wanted to confirm that Craddock’s last day would be Friday June 14.
‘Thank you. Yes, that is correct,’ Craddock responded.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Katelyn Caralle