There is no doubt that President Donald Trump is the most attacked president in American history. Never before has the media ganged up so much on a leader and tried every way to tear him down.
And it's not just the media outlets: it's Hollywood and the Democrats as well. Franklin Graham would also argue that the attack against this pro-life president is very spiritual as well.
In a beckoning call on Facebook, Graham announced a special day of prayer for President Trump to be protected from his many enemies. He urged pastors to lead their congregations in prayer and requested people let him know if they will participate.
"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," began Graham in his powerful appeal, tagging the president so that he could be alerted of the Facebook post.
"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," wrote Graham gravely.
"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," urged the Christian leader, who has supported Trump since day one.
"We know that God hears and answers prayer. He can soften hearts and change minds. He is all-powerful, and He rules over the affairs of nations. 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' (1 Timothy 2:2–3)," Graham exhorted.
"On June 2, we ask that pastors would lead their congregations in praying for the President, that Sunday schools and other groups would join together and pray, and that individuals and families across the country would have a special focus on praying for the President that day.
Would you let me know in the comments below if you commit to pray with us? And will you share this on your social media platforms so that we can have as many people as possible praying?" Graham earnestly asked, ending with the powerful reminder, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
Already, over 180,000 people have shown their support on Facebook. Many of the comments to Graham's post were in tremendous support.
One commenter said: "I will be praying, I appreciate you too. We have a lot of people. Who has no idea of what’s going on in this country. But they make terrible remarks, about our President. President Trump, has done a remarkable job."
Another commenter said: "Yes I agree with you and I will be praying for our president and his leadership,,we are standing with you,,,May the lord JESUS CHRIST be with our country and our president and give him wisdom and knowledge on God's WORD AMEN."
But others weren't as supportive, saying that Graham was misusing his spiritual influence to support Trump.
A dissenting commenter said: "Lord, please shield the church from Franklin Graham’s exploitative use of his influence on the church to advance his own political agendas through connivery. Please do not allow him to use your name as a tool to enshrine his political biases as godly by pretentiously claiming to be your mouthpiece. Please do not allow him to use the “Day of Prayer” to give himself a platform to proclaim his bigotries and for politically partisan hackery. Please save evangelicalism from people like him. Amen!"
Similarly, Graham has been attacked by some Christian pastors, reports the Christian Post.
Explaining his refusal to participate, Alan Cross, a Southern Baptist pastor and loud critic of Trump's immigration policies, said, "This shows Graham’s intention as political. I assumed it was, but I thought, you know, a call for prayer is a good thing. I’ll join. But, Graham reveals that he wants us to pray for Trump’s success and protection from political enemies. I disagree. Our prayer should be that Trump conforms to the character and will of God in how he lives and governs, that he repent, and that he comes to know Christ. That he love people and deal justly with people and that he love and pray for his enemies."
"This could have been good and I wanted to give benefit of doubt on this [because] my soul needed to. But, you dig a little deeper and you see that this is being used by some (Graham) as a partisan political move attached to a call for prayer. I DO NOT ascribe this to all signers."
A statement about the day of prayer is posted to the website of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and it includes a number of prominent signers (to whom Cross is referring), such as former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann; Gary Bauer, president of American Values; David Barton, president of Wallbuilders; Trump spiritual adviser Pastor Paula White-Cain; Kenneth and Gloria Copeland of Kenneth Copeland Ministries; Dr. James and Shirley Dobson of the James Dobson Family Institute; Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University; Pastor Jentezen Franklin, former Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Pastor Robert Jeffress; Southern Evangelical Seminary President Richard Land; Pastor Greg Laurie; author and public speaker Eric Metaxas; Penny Young Nance, president of Concerned Women for America; Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council; Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; and Christian music artist Michael W. Smith.
Another pastor, Brian Zahnd of Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri, also criticized Graham's motives: "I will pray for the President like the early Christians prayed for the Emperor. I won’t pray for the President as a public display of the church bestowing political support, which is what Franklin Graham is up to," he wrote.
What do you think of this special day of prayer for our President? Will you be participating? Please share your support in the comments, if so! We know Franklin Graham would love to know! Thank you!