Evangelist Franklin Graham has called on believers to join him in a “special day of prayer” to ask God to protect President Donald Trump from his political enemies.
In his Facebook post, Graham wrote: “Along with 250+ Christian leaders, I am asking followers of Christ across our nation to set aside next Sunday, June 2, as a special day of prayer for the President, Donald J. Trump.”
“President Trump’s enemies continue to try everything to destroy him, his family, and the presidency. In the history of our country, no president has been attacked as he has. I believe the only hope for him, and this nation is God.”
Members of the faith community are outraged about this request, as they claim that Trump made an unprecedented attack on President Obama before Trump got into office. Pastor Kola Ojo of Latter Days Church Birmingham says, “Where was Franklin Graham when Trump and his cohort unleashed an unprecedented attack on Barak Obama? God is not partial. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” Pastor Ojo said: “Before Trump became the president, in 2013 he said ‘A shutdown of the government falls on the President’s lack of leadership.’ Trump did not know that his government would be shut down during his tenure.”
He continued, “Those who live in a glass house should not throw stones. It is true that the Bible says we should pray for our leaders and people in authority, but a special day of prayer would have been good for President Barack Obama as well.”
Evangelist Graham’s announcement comes as congressional Democrats debate whether to pursue impeachment proceedings against Trump for obstructing justice in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and other matters.
The “Special Day of Prayer for the President” took place at participating churches.
The statement announcing the event reads:
“We the undersigned are calling for June 2 to be a special Day of Prayer for the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, that God would protect, strengthen, embolden, and direct him.
“We believe our nation is at a crossroads, at a dangerous precipice. The only one who can fix our country’s problems is God Himself, and we pray that God will bless our president and our nation for His glory.”
Graham added, “President Trump’s enemies continue to try everything to destroy him, his family, and the presidency. In the history of our country, no president has been attacked as he has. I believe the only hope for him, and this nation is God.
“This is a critical time for America. We’re on the edge of a precipice. Time is short. We need to pray for God to intervene. We need to ask God to protect, strengthen, encourage, and guide the President.”
Graham also quoted 1 Timothy 2:2-3.
“The Bible instructs us to pray for those in authority, ‘that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,’” Graham wrote.