Ever since pictures circulated of Donald Trump praying with a group of evangelical Christians in the White House, liberals and Democrats across the country have been outraged by the public display of Christian faith.
Rev. William Barber II, a NAACP leader, said that praying for the president “is a form of theological malpractice that borders on heresy when you p-r-a-y for a president and others when they are p-r-e-y, preying on the most vulnerable,” said Barber. “You’re violating the most sacred principles of religion.” (via News Observer)
How could the reverend make the claim that praying for a nation’s leader is a heresy? It explicitly states in I Timothy 2:1-3: “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 Savior.”
As you would expect, this opinion gave the North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) a shock.
“In the strongest possible terms, the NCGOP condemns the hateful actions of Dr. Rev. Barber, who casts tens of millions of people, of all faiths, who pray for the president, as sinners in a nationally broadcasted interview,” said Robin Hayes, NCGOP chairman. “The idea that it is a sin to pray for any individual, much less the commander-in-chief of our country, goes against any religious teaching that I have ever heard of. Rev. Dr. Barber is spreading a repulsive lie, and he should apologize immediately.” (via News Observer)
As Dr. Barber continued to speak, it was evident that his controversial position doesn’t stem so much from theological reasoning as it does from left-leaning political views. He called Trump an “extremist” who “transfers wealth to the greedy,” telling Ms. Reid on AM Joy that, “You haven’t seen that kind of transfer of wealth on the backs of bodies of people since the days of slavery.” (via Washington Times)
Barber’s organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, had connections with Hillary Clinton in the election campaign of 2016. She was one of the featured speakers at an NAACP conference and was endorsed by the association.
President Trump is under a lot of pressure. Is he in your prayers?
It’s sad to see a preacher trying to mislead millions of Americans by saying something like this. Letting his political agenda cloud his judgment and come before his duty to God is a sad thing to behold, because if Barber could only look at things from another perspective, he would see a president who is protecting and fighting for Christians, not only in America but all over the world.
As Bibles are being brought back into schools and Christians across the nation are gaining ground in the culture-war to shape our nation, (thanks in no small part to this administration), figures like Barber will unfortunately remain blind to the good that is happening in this country.
Despite Barber’s comments, continue to pray for President Trump and his administration.