“When you can p-r-a-y for a president and others while they are p-r-e-y, preying on the most vulnerable, you’re violating the most sacred principles of religion,” Barber told host Joy Reid.
I’ve always been taught that the most sacred principles of religion are to love God, and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. I know that because the Bible quotes Jesus saying it in Matthew 22:36-40.
The same Bible, in an epistle written by the Apostle Paul, urges us “that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2.)
But Barber doesn’t follow that advice. This is the guy who called Jesus a “brown-skin Palestinian Jew.” This is the guy who got a standing ovation from Democrats at their 2016 convention, you know, the group that booed God in 2012.
This is the guy who stood on the same platform with Cecile Richards and Ilyse Hogue, CEOs of Planned Parenthood and NARAL respectively, and enthusiastically endorsed the most pro-abortion candidate in the history of the Democratic Party.
And now, that same guy “Reverend” William Barber, who seems to be walking in the footsteps of theological great (pretenders) like “Reverend” Al Sharpton and “Reverend” Jesse Jackson, thinks it’s heresy to pray for President Donald Trump.
I will grant that some high profile pastors and evangelical leaders have gone into the deep end for Trump, who offers all the opportunity of a great sinner needing salvation. Many who shilled for Trump have been embarrassed and vilified for their ability to pretzel sound theology into politics. But all of that is irrelevant in the privacy of the Oval Office where evangelicals laid hands on the president and prayed earnestly for him.
There is no heresy in that act.
In fact, if Barber really cared about the things he claims to care about while increasing his own public profile and political value, he would join in praying for the president.
Johnnie Moore, who photographed the “laying hands” moment, then tweeted it, said Monday’s meeting was an informal gathering where they prayed for wisdom, that God would protect him and his family and that God would lead him. “It was normal, what a lot of us pray when we pray for elected officials,” he said. “It was like a meeting of friends.”
Of this, Barber said it was “appeasing” Trump and Republican politicians. No, Rev. Barber. Doing what Jesus and the Apostle Paul instructed Christians to do should only be natural to a Christian.
But then again, heretic Barber has already sold out to the world.