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Trump visits Virginia church for prayer

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 6/03/19, 01:19 pm

President Donald Trump stopped by McLean Bible Church Sunday in Vienna, Va., where Pastor David Platt, with one hand on the president’s back and another holding the Bible, prayed for Trump and the country’s government. Platt, author of bestselling book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, prayed for “grace, mercy, and wisdom” for the president, asking that Trump would know the extent of God’s love for him. He referenced 1 Timothy 2:1-2, which says in part, “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”

The president dropped by the church in northern Virginia “to visit with the pastor and pray for the victims and community of Virginia Beach,” where a shooting Friday at a municipal building left 12 dead, the White House said in a statement. Trump shook Platt’s hand after the prayer, thanking him, and waved to the applauding crowd as he left the building. He departed for a state visit to the United Kingdom later Sunday night.

On Saturday, the president thanked Franklin Graham for his announcement of a “Special Day of Prayer for the President,” scheduled for Sunday, but that event seemed unrelated to the visit to McLean Bible Church. “We will all stick together and WIN! Thank you Franklin,” Trump tweeted.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute.

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  •  austinbeartux's picture
    Posted: Mon, 06/03/2019 02:36 pm

    This is nice to see (Trump attending a service.)  I wish Trump would spend more time in church.

    Did you notice no other major media outlets reported this?  Yet another reason why I love WORLD.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 06/03/2019 04:16 pm

    True about MSM’s disinterest in anything that might show the President in a positive light. 

    But if a protestor had jumped up screaming at the President, they would have gleefully reported it. And if the Left can dig up something Biblical that Pastor Platt has said about, for instance, gay marriage,  the MSM wil be all over “Trump giving approval to haters!”  


  • Big Jim
    Posted: Mon, 06/03/2019 05:33 pm

    Tux,  I did see a written Fox News report on this incident that was all about ... the President's hairstyle?!  Go figure.

  •  austinbeartux's picture
    Posted: Tue, 06/04/2019 09:51 am

    Just saw this Fox News article covering the situation.  I'm glad the Pastor is abiding by scripture and NOT political correctness.  I'd hope the Pastor would do the same for any Democrat or Republican.

  • MamaC
    Posted: Sat, 06/08/2019 10:55 am

    Did Trump actually attend the service? All i see is "stopped by" and "dropped by" with no mention of being in the audience during the sermon or any of the worship service. It gives me the impression at least that he merely wanted to have the pastor pray for him publically. more as a public relations maneuver than anything else. Forgive me if I got the wrong impression.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 06/04/2019 02:59 pm

    This article, and particularly the quote of I Timothy 2:1-2, has reminded me that as we pray for the leadership of our Nation, we must include the leaders we oppose.  

    I particularly dislike some including Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, Jerrold Nadler, Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ralph Northam, Sheila Jackson Lee, Debbie Wasserman Schulz, Joe Biden, Diane Feinstein, Maizie Hirono, and many others.  So right there is a good addition to my prayer list. 

  • not silent
    Posted: Tue, 06/04/2019 04:35 pm

    Thanks for your input. I agree that we must pray for all leaders, including those we dislike or oppose.  (And I'm preaching to myself, here.)  As you pointed out, the verses in 1 Timothy say to pray for "all those in authority."

  • MamaC
    Posted: Sat, 06/08/2019 10:49 am

    Exactly! I've wondered how many who continually emphasize that we should "pray for the president instead of criticizing him," actually put that admonition into practice when President Obama was in office. And would they have said the same if Hilllary Clinton had won the election?