Sunday, December 22, 2019
KANSAS CITY SUNDAY QUESTION: SHOULD CRITICS PRAY FOR PREZ TRUMP?!?
The topic of prayer and politics pushed to the forefront of the American agenda this week and punctuated an intense debate over impeachment.
In a scathing letter on White House stationary, Prez Trump doubted the sincerity of Speaker Pelosi's prayers.
And then a monumental rebuke from a massive American faith community slammed down on the Head Of State in a mannner far more important than progressive opposition.
Here's the best write-up we've seen on the right-wing betrayal and its implications . . .
(Prez) Trump Is Freaked Out by Christianity Today’s Support for Impeachment - He should be.
Something to consider via insiders . . .
NO REPUBLICAN HAS WON THE WHITE HOUSE WITHOUT ENTHUSIASTIC EVANGELICAL SUPPORT SINCE PREZ EISENHOWER!!!
This Christian voting block is the foundation of the Republican Party and division here is a warming sign that there is, in fact, some weakness in the support for the Prez.
Yes, there will always be diversity of opinion in any group but WITHOUT ACTIVE ENDORSEMENT FROM EVANGELICALS, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES LOSE THE WHITE HOUSE EVERY TIME. Don't believe it? Ask Prez Gerald Ford, Prez Bush I, Sen. Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain.
The local connection . . .
Former Kansas City Mayor and faith leader Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II doubled down on the sentiment and after impeachment noted that he does not hate the President and prays for the Commander-In-Chief.
From his letter this week:
"Impeachment, at least for me, is a stomach-churning experience. I do not hate this President. In fact, in my faith tradition, we are taught to pray for “kings and all those in authority.” Therefore, I pray for President Trump. When the day is spent, I kneel beside my bed and pray for our leaders and for the reconciliation of our nation."
Drilling down even further to the KCMO discourse -- Via his blog former newspaperman Bill Tammeus asks:
How should we be praying about impeachment, conviction?
His money line:
"In the case of national issues, whether that means war or unemployment or impeachment, I think prayer should be thought of not as a tool of demand but as a tool of exploration, of humility, of longing. We should be open to answers we don't expect. We should not assume we know the result for which we should be praying. Rather, we simply should put ourselves in God's way and listen."
And so we ask . . .
HAS THE IMPEACHMENT DEBATE CAUSED A MOMENT OF DOUBT AMONG FAITH COMMUNITIES OR IS PRAYER THE LAST REFUGE OF POLITICAL SCOUNDRELS?!?
For better of worse, the debate over faith and politics inspires the 2019 American Christmas given that this time of year is mostly consumed by chubby shoppers busying themselves with running up credit card debut in order to garner cheap Chinese junk.
You decide . . .