National Prayer Breakfast: Controversy explodes [6 Things every Christian Should Know] [Video]

Craig HueyFaith, God's Word, Politics4 Comments

The 68th annual National Prayer Breakfast exploded with tension and controversy this year.

Here are 6 things you should know:

1. The media largely ignored the event – except for the Donald Trump vs. Nancy Pelosi controversy.

This major annual prayer breakfast was covered live by FOX but ignored by all the other media … until Trump spoke.

Then every news media covered it – mostly condemning President Trump.

2. The speakers, worship and special guests were well received.

Author and Professor Arthur Brooks was the keynote speaker for over 3,500 guests, including President Trump and Nancy Pelosi

He called for Biblical love describing himself as a “follower of Jesus.”

He spoke about Jesus’ love and His call to love – not just to tolerate – our enemies. He quoted from Mathew 5, “ You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

“[The same Jesus] who taught us to love God and taught us to love each other,” he added. “Today, I’m here to talk to you about the biggest crisis facing our nation and many other nations today: It’s the crisis of contempt and polarization that’s tearing our societies apart.”

He added: “Contempt is ripping our country apart. We’re like a couple on the rocks in this country. Don’t believe it? Turn on prime time TV… it’s tearing our society apart.”

“How do we break the habit of contempt? Some people say we need more civility and tolerance. I say, nonsense. Why? Because civility and tolerance are a low standard,” he said. “Jesus didn’t say, ‘tolerate your enemies.’ He said, ‘love your enemies.’ Answer hatred with love.”

Brooks ended his talk saying, “When you leave this National Prayer Breakfast today, you’ll be back in a world with a lot of contempt. See it as your opportunity.”

He advised the audience to imagine a sign above the door reading, “You are Now Entering Mission Territory.”

“If you see the world, if we see the world outside the room as a mission territory, we might just mark this day as the point at which our nation healing begins,” Brooks concluded.

3. Gospel singer Cece Winans led the worship time.

She sang “Peace from God,” based on Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

4. President Trump spoke … and heads spun.

Every president since Dwight Eisenhower has spoken at the annual bipartisan National Prayer Breakfast.

President Trump created as much controversy as President Obama did when Obama attacked Christian history and equated Christianity with other religions.

Trump began his speech by holding up newspapers referring to the impeachment with headlines that read “Acquitted.”

He said, “My family, our great country, and your President has been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people. They have done everything possible to destroy us and by so doing, very badly hurt our country.”

“They know what they are doing is wrong, but they put themselves far ahead of our great country.”

But the big controversy was his unnamed reference to Romney and Pelosi on the impeachment:

“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong,” he said. “Nor do I like people who say, “I pray for you,” when they know that that’s not so. So many people have been hurt, and we can’t let that go on.”

The media ignored this statement from President Trump:

“I’m sorry. I apologize. I am trying to learn. Not easy. It’s not easy. When they impeach you for nothing, and you’re supposed to like them, it’s not easy, folks. I do my best.”

5. President Trump also spoke of issues of importance to Christians.

He recalled America’s deep religious heritage … and stated – as he has in the past – that our liberty comes from God, not government.

He also talked about:

  • How Americans rallied around a Black Church destroyed by fire
  • Giving pastors free speech by suspending the Johnson Amendment
  • His pro religious freedom policies and
  • His pro-life actions
  • His administration’s efforts to combat Christian persecution overseas

6. Vice President Mike Pence also spoke.

He spoke about America’s historical respect for faith. “I believe that prayer and faith are the thread that runs through every era of American history,” he said.

He also noted that President Trump “has made it a practice of opening every Cabinet meeting in prayer.”

Dignitaries from more than 140 countries attended this year’s National Prayer Breakfast.

The event is an opportunity for the U.S. to be the light of the world.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

(Matthew 5:14)

Watch this video of Cece Winans singing “Peace from God.” (about 4 minutes)

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4 Comments on “National Prayer Breakfast: Controversy explodes [6 Things every Christian Should Know] [Video]”

  1. This is a time like no other in history, every battle we fought before has been on foreign soil, but the United States has and our government and congress has been infiltrated by an enemy, who wants to destroy this nation, and of course we pray, but these people are trying to force then selves and there ways on us, destroying the Constitution, and disobeying the laws, of this land, they think there above the law, accusing Mr. Trump of what they are guilty of, and we can’t just use this hippies love and peace spirit, that is not Christ love and peace, but a spirit like was on the 60’s and 70’s hippies, they say its Christ, they don’t even know the real Christ, they have made up a Jesus who accept sin and evil, who murders little babies, in the womb, and wants to at birth, the most horrible kind of person to me, who want the elderly done away with, and Christian who do not conform to there so called Christianity, or who ever don’t agree with them they want dead, and because we have become so passive because of the spirit that has pretty much taken over the Church, we don’t see or own country in grave danger, as if it was pearl harbor, or 9/11 all over again, it is on the inside, and we must fight this like the war it is, and defeat the enemy, and punish them, they will stop at nothing, to get Mr. Trump out of the way even to assassinate if they can, they hate him that bad, and they will not stop they are devils, pure evil reprobates, seeds of satan who are doing there mission still, kill, and destroy, the same as satan mission is, polshi got up and prayed for every false god there is just about, and that’s an abomination to our God Yahweh and Jesus Christ, these people are a terrible danger to true Americans look at there track record destruction follows them, they took all our jobs overseas, putting America in bankruptcy, the economy was at a all time low, stock market was down, they paid Iran billions to leave us a lone like a school yard bully, and we can’t just let them go, some enemies we have to deal with harshly or they will rise back up and over throw us, as they have tried to do with this coup, since President Trump took office, and yes we forgive each other the brethren and even some around us, but an enemy trying totake over and destroy is we deal with harshly, people today do not under stand war or a real fight when a country is at steak, some times we have to destroy to protect us, and do not be fooled this is an enemy that wants to destroy us from with min, but it will be just as deadly as if we take up arms and go to battle if not more, because we will lose everything we hold dear and this country, and I saw the prayer breakeast, and Mr. Trump did nothing wrong, again the other side the media and Dems who see everything he does as wrong, when if they just looked in the mirror they would see the whole problem.

  2. AMEN! Roger Culwell. Pray that our country will wake up soon. Thank you for your excellent comments and insight.

  3. Roger Culwell you hit the nail on the head! I have been watching and analyzing the Democrat Party and their platform. I am an ex democrat turned Independent. But think about it, everything that they the Dems believe in is against God. Abortion, Homosexuality, Anti Christian policies. What I would state in addition to your comment is I believe that the Hand of God is on Trump. This is a time of great revealing. As the Lord says, All things hidden shall be revealed. And they will be revealed by the light of our Savior Jesus Christ. God says Do not fear, for I am with you, and for the Believer God will go/walk before us. In closing, Our Almighty God will Defeat Satan and his minions the Democrat Party. Amen

  4. The hard thing for us to do is to love and to pray for those who are enemies to us. As the National Prayer Breakfast keynote speaker, Professor Arthur Brooks admonished us – we need to stir-up enough Godly love within us, so that we can pray for those who secretly (or more openly) have evil intent against us. THAT, my friends, is not an easy thing to do. I find it so very hard to let the Spirit of God come in to the part of me that holds my hurt & hardened emotions. I know that God desires for me to let Him in, to soften my human, emotional hardness and make it into something that has enough softness to it’s consistency that His own Spirit can speak into me and make me into something new (to make me into a vessel suitable to carry His name and who will speak His words to others as I am led by His Holy Spirit.) If we can manage to do that, then we can pray for God’s grace to be poured-out for the sake of our society and to the world. I, personally, have a very long way to go in that department folks. However, it is a process that needs to happen within each one of us, who call ourselves Christians, if we are to carry His message and to be vessels to make His mark on our society – upon His world. Our process of submitting our own areas of stubbornness unto His will for us MAY be a slow one, but IF we remain on-track to letting God personally in to work in our hearts, then He will be pleased to show us the grace that we, ourselves need to endure while we are here, in this world and to have grace in the face of the cold & difficult things that this world throws against us.

    Thank you Craig & your team for all that you do to keep us updated and to help us “walk this walk” as Christians. Burton

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