In the latest example that our society has lost its mind thanks to social media and the hyper-political culture we live in, Pastor David Platt of McLean Bible Church in Virginia released a public statement explaining why he allowed President Trump to come on stage at his church Sunday for prayer.
Platt stated: "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.”
However, unlike Politico's false reporting, he did not apologize for praying for Trump on stage when POTUS showed up at his 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. 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… “
He continued: "…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.”
In any group of people, you're going to have some people that don't like Trump. That's a given. However, we are living in sad times when a pastor has to post on social media to the Twitter mob an explanation as to why he allowed a president of the United States to come on stage and to pray for him!
If you're a Christian, you have a responsibility to pray for the president. Regardless of your personal feelings on the current occupant of the White House, he is still making decisions that impact the country.
Don't you want him to make good policy decisions? I pray God gives him wisdom and discernment. I want all our leaders in Washington to be guided by God.
I didn't agree with Obama on policy, but I prayed for him that God would change his heart and give him wisdom.
If you are upset, a pastor prayed for a president; then you need prayer too.
Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.