“Prayer” Is Now A Political Weapon Or Something.

A.F. Branco of Comically Incorrect offers this concerning Nancy Pelosi and her prayers for President Trump:

Pelosi says Trump is always in her prayers. One could only imagine in this political climate how she prays.

Sadly, he may be right.

Pelosi’s comments were made after a failed meeting with President Trump to discuss infrastructure in the country. The meeting failed because while Pelosi and other leaders wanted to meet with Trump, they were calling for resignations, more investigations, and even impeachment. It is not an environment in which anyone would want to meet with others.

Pelosi ended her remarks by saying, “I pray for the President of the United States. And I pray for the United States of America.”

The Democratic leaders declined to answer questions from the media following their prepared remarks.

In a subsequent series of tweets from Trump, the president said sarcastically: “Nancy, thank you so much for your prayers, I know you truly mean it!”

Yet prayer for the President took a completely different turn for the bizarre after President Trump made an un-announced visit to a church:

After attending a Sunday morning golf outing at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, President Trump stopped by McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia, this afternoon. A spokesperson for the White House said the president was there to “visit with the pastor and pray for the victims and community of Virginia Beach.” The pastor of McLean Bible is David Platt, who is also a [member of The Gospel Coalition.]

The president arrived at 2:25 pm during a musical performance and wore khakis and a jacket over a polo shirt. He held a golf hat. During the 15-minute visit to one of the D.C. metro area’s largest churches, the president made no remarks while on stage. But Platt noted there had been calls to pray for the president on this day. “Many of you may have seen that there was calls to, particularly on this Sunday, pray for our president,” Platt said. “We don’t want to do that just on this Sunday. We want to do that continually, day in and day out. So I want to ask us to bow our heads together now and pray for our president.”

Platt offered this prayer:

O God, we praise you as the one universal king over all. You are our leader and our Lord and we worship you. There is one God and one Savior—and it’s you, and your name is Jesus. And we exalt you, Jesus. We know we need your mercy. We need your grace. We need your help. We need your wisdom in our country. And so we stand right now on behalf of our president, and we pray for your grace and your mercy and your wisdom upon him.

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. 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.

Lord we pray, we pray, that you would give him all the grace he needs to govern in ways that we just saw in 1 Timothy 2 that lead to peaceful and quiet lives, godly and dignified in every way. God we pray for your blessing in that way upon his family. We pray that you would give them strength. We pray that you would give them clarity. Wisdom, wisdom, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Please, O God, give him wisdom and help him to lead our country alongside other leaders. We pray today for leaders in Congress. We pray for leaders in courts. We pray for leaders in national and state levels. Please, O God, help us to look to you, help us to trust in your Word, help us to seek your wisdom, and live in ways that reflect your love and your grace, your righteousness and your justice. We pray for your blessings on our president toward that end.

In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.

The video shows Platt mentioning 1 Timothy 2: 1-2 which reads:

1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—
2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
(New International Version)

It was then that the manure hit the proverbial fan.

Platt was criticized from both outside and inside his own church.

Incredibly, the man was criticized over praying for a leader of a country just as the Bible says to do.

Platt wrote a blog post about what had happened that day (including the fact that he was was unaware that Trump was going to visit the church.) Part of that post reads:

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.

We aren’t sure that you have “unity in Christ” when part of the congregation doesn’t want you to pray for the President because they hate him so much. But that’s just us.

The post reads like an apology, which it shouldn’t be. Platt had nothing to apologize for.

It should have ended there. We would not be writing about this if it had.

The president of Liberty University, Jerry Falwell, Jr., tweeted this:

It is one thing to disagree with a pastor. It is another to make a crude remark about him.

We would say this would be wrong from a lay-person, much less from another supposed pastor and “leader” of a university.

Furthermore, we wonder how he would take it if one of his students disagreed with him and told him to “grow a pair.”

We suspect not well. Not well at all.

In essence, Falwell’s tweet was the epitome of “if you are not a part of the problem, you are not a part of the solution.”

It is one thing to defend or “attack” the president on any front. (By “president,” we don’t mean the person sitting in the White House. We mean the office of the president as mandated by the Constitution. You respect the office. You don’t have to respect the person in it.

It is another to attack a pastor for praying with the President. It is another to say to that pastor “we don’t want you doing what the Bible calls us as Christians to do.”

It is a totally different thing for a pastor and university president to make a crude remark about another Christian and pastor.

We are sick of religion be politicized. We really are.

If leaders of the the country cannot be prayed for, then we have lost the battle already.

One Response to ““Prayer” Is Now A Political Weapon Or Something.”

  1. Heltau says:

    Very bad, VERY bad. All of these people would not even be here if the United States and its Allies did not get Victory in Europe.