Evangelical Trump Pastor Calls Praying Nancy ‘Hypocritical’

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The National Prayer Breakfast was held on Wednesday, February 5 with Mr. Trump in attendance. This has been a tradition in Washington since 1953 which is a convocation of many ministers and faith leaders.

At the breakfast, Pro-Trump Pastor Robert Jeffress of the Southern Baptist mega church, First Baptist Dallas, and member of Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board said he thought criticism of Pelosi was justified, saying:

‘When you have been under nonstop attack for the last three years from people who want to destroy you and your family, it’s a little hard to hear them say, “I want to pray for you.” It’s hypocritical.’

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Before Trump spoke, Arthur Brooks, a Harvard professor and president of a conservative think tank decried a “crisis of contempt and polarization,” and urged his audience to:

‘love your enemies’

Trump used it as an opportunity to take a jab at Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) who was the only Republican who voted to charge him on articles of impeachment. He said:

‘I don’t know if I agree with you. I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong.’

In reference to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the president said:

‘Nor do I like people who say, “I pray for you” when you know that is not so.’

Pelosi is a practicing Catholic and has said that she often prays for Trump. She said:

‘I pray hard for him because he’s so off the track of our constitution, our values, our country. He really needs our prayers.’

Pastor Jeffress also said:

‘I think the president was completely right in what he said. It’s not politically correct, but he didn’t get to be president by being politically correct.’

Trump concluded saying:

‘I’m sorry. I apologize. I’m trying to learn. It’s not easy. When they impeach you for nothing and then you’re supposed to like them, it’s not easy folks. I do my best.’

According to ABC News:

‘As for Romney, Jeffress contended that the senator’s decision to vote for Trump’s removal “seems more based on self-promotion than religious beliefs.”’

About Romney, former GOP legislator Mike Noel said:

‘I don’t like that he’s the only member of the U.S. Senate on the Republican side who says, “I’m a man of God’ so he has to vote a certain way.”‘

Emma Petty Addams, executive director of Mormon Women for Ethical Government said:

‘(Romney) really exemplifies the way faith can be used in the public sphere in a very positive way.’

The Rev. Jim Wallis who founded the Christian social justice group Sojourners talked specifically about Trump’s assertion that someone’s faith should not be used as a justification for doing what one knows is wrong.

Wallis pointed out:

‘Apply this logic to Trump’s white evangelical supporters: they are willing to trade off and even sell out Jesus for the reward of getting judges they like in the Supreme Court. Jesus taught us to welcome immigrants, to reject the use of racial bigotry, to avoid lying and to respect and love all people as they are made in the image of God.’

Professor Robert Franklin who teaches theology at Emory University also invoked Jesus, saying:

‘If the president is feeling persecuted, he would be well served to spend quality time with his pastor while studying what Jesus did when he was persecuted. The religion of Jesus promotes the virtues of humility, self-accountability, forgiveness and reconciliation.’

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