The 2020 Prayer Breakfast featured the most epic battle in the history of the event. Granted, the event isn’t exactly known for its battles. However, President Trump has trampled on pretty much all of our norms, so this one had a Main Event. In the red corner, you had the President of the United States Donald Trump. Opposing him, none other than the Son of God, Jesus Christ. The winner might shock you.
Arthur Brooks delivered the keynote address. It was good. You can read it here. In it, he said the following.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”The Christian Post
Who can disagree with that? This is a prayer breakfast. If you’re thinking that nobody has the audacity to pick a fight with Jesus’ own words at a prayer breakfast, think again. Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States.
“Arthur, I don’t know if I agree with you,”President Trump
President Trump literally just picked a fight with the words of Jesus himself. Hence, his base was outraged. Evangelicals rioted in the streets. Moreover, Mitch McConnell himself immediately reconvened the Senate to reopen the impeachment trial. Romney was praised. Trumpism was denounced. Honor and decency was restored in the White House. Right? Not exactly.
“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.”“Rev” Robert Jeffress
Prayer Breakfast or Cult Meeting?
Ladies and Gentlemen, a cult is a group that directs their worship to an individual as opposed to a divine being. Therefore, when an evangelical leader sides with the President over Jesus himself, it’s not hard to see this nonsense for what it really is. He doesn’t support President Trump. He worships him.
To be fair, President Trump and his third rate political supplicant posing as a Reverend had their detractors.
“He is the total antithesis of what it means to follow Jesus,”Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons
However, amongst elected Republicans the silence is deafening. They have sworn their allegiance. Moreover, they have signed their deal with the archenemy. There is no turning back from here. I think the battle lines and religious integrity of the two sides can best be summed up in two quotes.
“When I go to meet God at the pearly gates I don’t think he’s going to ask me, ‘Why didn’t you convict Trump?'”S.C. Senator Lindsey Graham
My faith is at the heart of who I am. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential.Ut Senator Mitt Romney
To be clear, I’m not asking elected Republicans to turn on Trump. However, a simple admission that he’s wrong on this one shouldn’t be too much to ask. Therefore, one has to wonder why they can’t bring themselves to say it? The answer is clear. The speaker at the Breakfast asked the attendees how many of them loved somebody with whom they disagree politically. Most in the room raised their hands. President Trump did not. Message received, sir.