(RNS) — Praying for the president has gotten an unusual amount of press lately. Not long ago, Franklin Graham called for churches to set aside June 2 as a day to pray for President Trump. Then, on June 2, Trump showed up unannounced at McLean Bible Church in northern Virginia asking for public prayer from its pastor, David Platt.
In light of Pastor Platt’s apology for praying for the President in the Washington Times, I'm re-releasing this op-ed with a few additions. I was shocked to see an apology from pastor David to his congregation. Granted, I don’t have all of the information, nor do I understand all of the dynamics that took place. But, in most cases, we do not need to apologize for praying for our leaders.
A pastor quoted Scripture and asked God to judge Illinois for the “sanctioned destruction of the innocent unborn” during the opening prayer of the House of Representatives Friday, three days after the same body voted to expand abortion in the state through all nine months of pregnancy.