You would think that the one place you could go to and expect prayer and supplication in the name of Jesus to be unfettered by those who name the name of Jesus would be a Bible-believing Christian church. In today’s “woke” world — especially the woke evangelical world — that is simply not the case.
David Platt is woke. He is on board with the social justice movement and has affirmed much of the underlying tenets of the social justice movement, including Critical Race Theory, which is straight out of the Marxist playbook. Nonetheless, this past Sunday, David Platt took the initiative to pray for the president of our country, Donald Trump.
How dare he!
Donald Trump is a man who has sinned, and sinners don’t deserve to be prayed for … at least that’s what some woke evangelical figureheads are saying.
Kyle Howard, the face of the Evangelical anti-white mafia — in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission — has taken offense to Platt’s pleading to God on behalf of our president. You can see Platt’s prayer in the video below:
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Donald Trump is a sinner. He is largely a sexually immoral man, and he’s said inappropriate things numerous times. The point of this article is not to defend Donald Trump or his policies (disclaimer, I agree with most of them). The point of this article is to expose the rank hypocrisy of these so-called social justice warriors who so desperately want to undermine conservative politics while naming Jesus’ name.
Kyle Howard, who says he wants to pastor a church that Donald Trump wouldn’t want to attend, is livid that Platt would do such a thing as believe that God’s grace is deep and wide enough for even a sinner like Donald Trump — cuz, you know, Kyle Howard is a sinless saint and has never offended God. (That was sarcasm in case you didn’t catch it.)
Folks, this is who our Southern Baptist and evangelical leaders are platforming to promote this “woke” agenda. These are people who believe the gospel is only for people who belong to certain people. These are the people who name Jesus, but blaspheme his name across the board. Can you continue to support this?
David Platt, being the social justice warrior that he is, nonetheless in an effort to pander to the “multicultural” mess that’s been created at his church offers the following explanation of why he chose to pray for Donald Trump. The following is a prime example of what happens when we try to pander to and please too many people.
Dear MBC Family,
Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that we didn’t see coming, and we’re faced with a decision in a moment when we don’t have the liberty of deliberation, so we do our best to glorify God. Today, I found myself in one of those situations.
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. I immediately thought about my longing to guard the integrity of the gospel in our church. As I said in the sermon today, Christ alone unites us. I love that we have over 100 nations represented in our church family, including all kinds of people with varied personal histories and political opinions from varied socioeconomic situations. It’s clear in our church that the only reason we’re together is because we have the same King we adore, worship, fear, and follow with supreme love and absolute loyalty, and His name is Jesus.
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:
“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.”
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 went back out to lead the Lord’s Supper and then walked off stage, where the president was soon to arrive. In that brief moment, I prayed specifically for an opportunity to speak the gospel to him, and for faithfulness to pray the gospel over him.
While I won’t go into the details of our conversation backstage, one of our other pastors and I spoke the gospel in a way that I pray was clear, forthright, and compassionate. Then I walked back out on stage, read 1 Timothy 2:1-6, and sought to pray the Word of God over the president, other leaders, and our country. (If you would like to see the full context of my comments and prayer, I have included the video below.) After I prayed, the president walked off stage without comment, and we closed our gathering by celebrating heroes among us, a couple who has spent the last 48 years spreading the gospel in remote places where it had never gone before they came. We then recited the Great Commission as we always do, sending one another out into the city for the glory of our King.
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.
In the end, would you pray with me for gospel seed that was sown today to bear fruit in the president’s heart? Would you also pray with me that God will help us to guard the gospel in every way as we spread the gospel everywhere? And finally, I’m guessing that all of us will face other decisions this week where we don’t have time to deliberate on what to do. I’m praying now for grace and wisdom for all of us to do exactly what we talked about in the Word today: aim for God’s glory, align with God’s purpose, and yield to God’s sovereignty.
I love you, church.
If you were to die today, where would you go? Heaven? Hell? Not sure?