Pastor David Platt defended his decision to pray for President Donald Trump on Sunday after receiving backlash.
The church leader released a statement about the prayer, saying that it was not the same as an endorsement. He referenced a Bible passage that calls for Christians to pray for their leaders.
“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,” said Platt.
He addressed the backlash, claiming that it was not his intention to offend anyone.
“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.”
Watch Platt pray for the president below:
WATCH: Trump prays at the McLean Bible Church with Pastor David Platt in the wake of the Virginia Beach mass shooting pic.twitter.com/cpqs7efVYg
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Platt pointed out that his church is extremely diverse and having a difference of opinion is not wrong.
“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,” said Platt.
He also reminded people that, many times, the only thing connecting some Christians together is their shared faith.
“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,” Platt said.
As IJR Red previously reported, Trump attended the church unexpectedly in response to Franklin Graham calling for a nationwide day of prayer for the president.