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Is Praying For Trump Bad?

It is never theological malpractice to pray for people.
It is never theological malpractice to pray for people.

Apparently there are several liberal leaders, pastors even, that have condemned praying for President Trump. One has even called it “theological malpractice1.” But is this true? Is it Biblical?

Pray For Your Leaders

First of all, let’s make this clear: God says we are to pray for our leaders:

First of all, then, 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. (1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV, emphasis mine)

That is exactly what a group of religious leaders did recently:

But these religious leaders were criticized for praying for President Trump. As much as I disagreed with President Obama’s policies, I still prayed for him. Even though we’re commanded to pray for our leaders, it wouldn’t seem right not pray for our leaders. At a minimum, we need to ask God to give them wisdom as He did Solomon.

Pray For Your Enemies

Even if you see Trump as your enemy, as many liberals openly do, this may be the biggest hypocrisy of all: aren’t you supposed to love your enemy?

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (Matthew 5:44 ESV, emphasis mine).

Jesus said that. But it’s been called theological malpractice? Whose theology are you using!? It’s not Jesus’. He commanded you to pray for those who persecute, or “prey on,” you, although I question the leftist definition of prey.

Jesus prayed for his enemies while He was hanging on the Cross:

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34 ESV)

You can read more about loving your enemy in Luke 6:27-36.

Praying For The President

So, here’s the big question: If the leftist ministers felt that President Trump is not worthy of being prayed for, but Jesus prayed for those who killed him, who’s really conducting Theological Malpractice?

  1. O’Brien, Cortney. 19 July 2017. NAACP Chair Accuses Pastors Who Prayed With Trump of ‘Theological Malpractice’. Townhall. Accessed: 19 July 2017. Web. 

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The Forgotten

“one by one, the memories you used to harbor
decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain,
to a little fishing village where there are no phones.”

This is an excerpt from a poem called Forgetfulness by Billy Collins, and just as we forget the details of things we’ve learned, we will be forgotten. This isn’t the point of the poem that Collins wrote, but that’s the thought that occurred to me. It’s actually a recurring thought that I have, that the poem reminded me of: so many people, throughout history, have come and gone. So many people that have been forgotten, their memories retired to a little fishing village where there are no phones.

I try to think of the people I’ve forgotten. Not an easy thing if you can’t remember them in the first place. But how many people that I’ve never met have been forgotten. How many people have lived full lives, only to be forgotten. Did they do anything great? What is great?

Sure we remember the famous ones: Albert Einstein, Plato, Abraham Lincoln, Christopher Columbus. But what about Christopher Columbus’ mother and father? What about his children? Did he have children?

We shed tears for the famous when they’re gone, but who sheds tears for the unknown? Millions shed tears when Prince died, but how many shed tears when my Great Grandfather died? How many remember my Great Grandfather? I don’t. He died before I was born. The unnumbered tears that have been shed, for loved ones, and what is it for? Only to be forgotten by time.

In what is truly a bizarre coincidence, on the day I read Billy Collin’s poem, the poem for poem-a-day was American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin. As we disappear, forgotten from this world, will we be there on the Internet? Forever embedded unlike past generations? They say the Internet never forgets. Will it never forget us? The way some of us wish it would? Or will our Facebook photos still be available 1000 years from now?

But, even if they are. Will someone remember to look?

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Hate Speech and the First Amendment

A lot of people think hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment, but it is. Unfortunately, so is their ignorant speech.

Actually, I think protecting “hate” speech is the reason the First Amendment exists in the first place. The very idea is to protect unpopular speech from government harassment and censorship, especially since a lot of what qualifies as hate speech these days, isn’t, and needs saying more often. For example:

Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven.

They keep using the word “hate,” but it doesn’t mean what they think it means.

Portland Mayor: Let’s not get carried away with this whole “free speech” thing

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