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Pastor Apologizes After Praying For President Trump

Jeff Katz
June 11, 2019 - 12:52 pm

The pastor of a Northern Virginia church says he acknowledges that he hurt some people in his congregation by praying for President Trump when the president made an unscheduled stop at his church the Sunday after the Virginia Beach shooting.

Pastor David Platt of McLean Bible Church in Vienna said he made the decision in haste and he did not intend his prayer to be an endorsement of Mr. Trump or any political stance.

“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,” Mr. Platt said in a statement to church members. “I found myself in one of those situations.”

Referring to 1 Timothy 2:1-6 in the Bible, Platt said, “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 know that some within our church, for a variety of valid reasons, are hurt that I made this decision,” the pastor said. “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.”

Pastor Platt said he prayed for the president because 1 Timothy 2:1-6 urges that Christians pray “for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”