The pastor of McLean Bible Church has caved to the haters and apologized for hurting the tender feelings of some members of his church by daring to pray for President Donald Trump during an unscheduled visit last weekend.
Trump had just finished a round of golf on Sunday when he stopped in at the McLean Bible Church in Virginia. The visit was not a planned event and pastor David Platt delivered a non-political, Bible-centered prayer for the president.
“We stand right now on behalf of our president and we pray for your grace and your mercy and your wisdom upon him,” Platt said according to The Blaze. “And God we pray that he would know how much you love him — so much that you sent Jesus to die for his sins, our sins. So we pray that he would look to you and that he would trust in you, that he would lean on you, that he would govern and make decisions in ways that are good for justice and good for righteousness and good for equity, every good path.”
Despite the non-political prayer, Platt seemed to guess that some may take issue with the fact that he prayed for and with Trump.
Platt delivered a statement shortly after the service:
That’s why, as soon as I heard this request backstage, the passage from God’s Word that came to my mind was 1 Timothy 2:1-6:”Advertisement - story continues below
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.”
But the pastor went on to apologize for daring to pray with the president of the United States:
Based on this text, I know that it is good, and pleasing in the sight of God, to pray for the president. So, in that moment, I decided to take this unique opportunity for us as a church to pray over him together. My aim was in no way to endorse the president, his policies, or his party, but to obey God’s command to pray for our president and other leaders to govern in the way this passage portrays.
I wanted to share all of this with you in part 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. 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. So, while I am thankful that we had an opportunity to obey 1 Timothy 2 in a unique way today, I don’t want to purposely ever do anything that undermines the unity we have in Christ.
The truth is, if anyone in his congregation is “hurt” by the mere act of praying for the president, they don’t belong in a Christian church.
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