Whatever your views on the 45th president of the United States might be, the Bible is very clear on issues of praying for National leadership. An issue that in defence of Pastor David Platt of Mcclean Bible church, he was quick to mention in his 'alleged apology' made on his website which can be read here.
1 Timothy 2:16 “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.”
Pratt's apology caught National headlines and I must admit, after seeing this all over the news I too was quick to jump to a conclusion. I thought to myself, 'Why would a pastor apologise for praying for anyone, let alone the president of his nation?' As I poured over news article upon news article I heard God say, look for the original apology document. It took a long time to find it as it was deeply buried under a torrent of misinformation by the so-called mainstream media. I combed through the statement and found no where that Pastor Platt apologised or said once the words 'sorry'.
It was Billy Graham jr that put out a call for a National prayer day for the president. In response to this, President Trump left his golf field to locate the nearest church for prayer. Pastor Platt was not told ahead of time but in true Christian nature, he lifted up his voice to God and prayed for his Nations leader. It is clear that our mainstream media is working overtime to sell the kind of misinformation that causes the type of discord and disunity that admittedly I almost became a victim of. What does this say about the state of the church.
Two things are clear!
1. The church, the institution responsible for truth sharing can become susceptible and gullible to lies.
2. Those that are angry with a pastor praying for a Nations leader have clearly left the bounds of scripture.
3. The church is moving further and further away from what the Bible says in order to appease the culture that it is called to change!
The Bible says that the only way you can prove that you are children of your father is that you love your friends and you love your enemies! We cannot continue to call ourselves representatives of Christianity and be beholden to a brand of Christianity that doesn't do what it's author commanded us to do!
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
I am glad to see that this pastor did not apologise but I am deeply saddened that the church at large has left its position on unconditional love to set the conditions based on political fault lines. In doing so, we stoke the fire of tribal divides that are causing National instability all over the world. The church is called to be an example, not of the good thing to do or the bad thing to do but the right thing to do! Whether you feel that praying for president Donald Trump is good or bad, we can't argue with the fact that it's right! And let no one deceive you, its not the one who panders by doing what's good that's righteous, it's the one that does what is right! If you do a good thing as a substitute for doing the right thing then you are doing a bad thing no matter how much of a social justice warrior you feel you are being for it. You are violating scripture and the single greatest command (not suggestion) love your enemies and demonstrate it through prayer.
Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.
1 John 3:7