Two quick housekeeping matters: (1) The Bold Church Podcast is going on summer break so we can retool and rebrand for the fall! (2) Josh has joined the Daniel Initiative, a new Gospel-centered effort to build relationships with elected officials and impact public life in Indiana. In this episode, Josh explains this new opportunity and what it means for Bold Church Initiative.
Now, on to our main topic. As you are probably aware by now, President Trump stopped by McLean Bible Church on Sunday, and David Platt, the pastor of McLean Bible, prayed over Trump.
Though Platt’s prayer was Gospel-centered and apolitical, it has received significant attention from the national media and caused quite a stir among his parishioners.
Here are three lessons from Platt’s prayer for the President:
- It was Scriptural
- It was Gospel-Centered
- It was scandalous.
For a transcript of the prayer, visit this article.
For the message that Platt sent to his congregation, click here.
- Prayer for any leader is a Scriptural mandate (I Tim. 2). Don’t forget that Paul wrote this mandate under Roman rule–and I’m pretty sure Nero wasn’t Paul’s hero.
- We should pray for more than the salvation of our leaders. We should pray for them in their role as a minister of the state (Romans 13).
- Being winsome will not save you from controversy. In these times, we need to be winsome and courageous.
- This prayer caused controversy in Platt’s church. This is the angle that many church leaders and committed Christians are surprised by but must be prepared for. We need clear Bible teaching and guiding principles on the intersection of faith and public life.