Praying for Trump

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Evangelical pastors lay hands on Donald Trump and pray for him. Screenshot from video

Evangelical pastors lay hands on Donald Trump and pray for him. Screenshot from video

Trump Tower, New York City

Trump Tower, New York City

I miss Donald Trump. There, I said it. Mea maxima culpa. Ever since Pope Francis blew into town, nobody seems to care about him.

Yes, he’s still leading in the polls. But somehow, no one seems to care. He’s just kind of sitting there, mired in the low 20s, waiting for someone, anyone, to take his place. Ben Carson made a run at him, but has subsided. Carly Fiorina likewise. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz the same. The whole damn race seems stuck in neutral.

O Francis, what hast thou wrought?

Apparently a need for some churching up, as Curtis once said to Jake and Elwood. So The Donald summoned a flock of evangelical pastors to his Trump Tower office earlier this week and like moths to a lightbulb, they swooped and fluttered around him for two and a half hours.

Among the heavenly host was Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas, and televangelists Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, and religious broadcaster Jan Crouch, and Paula White of Paula White ministries. And an assortment of African-American pastors.

My own fave was Messianic Rabbi Kirt Schneider. After announcing that the only two nations that have ever had a relationship with God are Israel and the United States, he proceeded to administer the traditional priestly blessing in Jahweh’s name. Who knew messianic Jews give themselves permission to pronounce “יהוה“?

Conspicuous by his absence was the self-designated leader of all Latino evangelicals, Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. Last July Rodriguez had the gall to say that Trump’s “comments on immigration do not advance a pro-family, faith and freedom agenda that is so vital to passing comprehensive immigration reform.” No invitation for him.

Maybe this week’s prayers will move the needle on Trump’s numbers, though I’m inclined to think that rounding up the evangelical base will take a lot more work. In the meantime, someone should tell the guy that when a pastor lays on a hand to bless you, you shouldn’t pat it back.

  • Glenn Harrell

    First an picture with Mike and Kim, and now this picture.

    A great way to loose weight through nausea.

    If Donald wasn’t Humpty Trumptied by now, he certainly will be. (shall we pray)

    Who is the more desperate here?

    This picture, for those who aren’t familiar with Fundamentalism, is the mirror of greed. It shows what happens when you mix money, politics, religion, phony hucksters and a camera together. Did I mention the money part?

  • gary

    I was once an evangelical Christian who listened for God to speak to me. He never did. God never spoke to me in a still, small voice. God never “moved” me or “led” me. I blamed myself and left the Church. Now that I am older, I have had time to look at the evidence, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it was never me…it was always God. Here is the evidence I found:

    Disease and Illness: Christians have the same rates of disease and illness as non-Christians. Jesus doesn’t seem to answer prayers for healing. The percentage of non-Christians, including atheists, who recover from illness is the same as that of Christians. Christians who claim that they were healed due to prayer cannot prove that their healing was not due to some other factor, such as the medication that their doctor was giving them or pure coincidence. If Jesus really heals people due to prayer, Christians should have a much higher healing rate. They don’t.

    Death rates: The average life span of Christians…