Yesterday, I noted that Dallas area mega-church Gateway Church co-sponsored an inaugural ball in Washington, D.C. At the same time, Gateway Church can afford to sponsor the pricey affair, the church charges youth group kids for pizza at the weekly youth gatherings. A source at Gateway has informed me that the cost is a part of measures designed to address a drop in income at the church.
One of the benefits of sponsorship was the opportunity to address the crowd at the event. Below is Robert Morris’ words on behalf of the effort to elect Donald Trump. Watch:
Transcript of Morris’ remarks:
What brought us to this day was all the hard work. All the giving. All the things that we did in the natural. But really what brought us to this day was that the Church for the first time in a long time came together and prayed for our nation. But here’s the problem. Many times it’s the candidate that we don’t like gets elected, then we don’t pray for him. We don’t like him. And then if the one that we like gets elected, we don’t pray because we think we got the right guy and he’ll do the right thing. And I believe Donald Trump is the right guy, but he won’t do the right thing without our help and without God’s help. And so what we do when we pray is we reach out with one hand and he grab hold of God and we reach out with the other hand in the spiritual and we grab hold of Donald J Trump and we intersect him with God every single day. Every day. And this is actually what it means when it says Jesus is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. I don’t wanna burst your bubble but He’s not up there, as Chonda was saying ‘in Jesus’ name’, to his father praying for us, he actually has the Father with one hand and us with the other hand and he brings us into an encounter with His holy Father. And so I want us to pray and I just wanna give you a charge that we need to continue to pray for our president, our vice president, for our congressmen and women, for our elected officials. First Timothy says I wish men everywhere would pray and I want them to pray for the governing authorities so will you join me in prayer as we intersect God and our government.
Lord we wanna tell you we are so grateful for today. Lord, we sensed in our spirits that something has changed in the heavenlies today. Not just something on earth, but something in the heavenlies changed today. And so Lord, we ask you to anoint our president with your Holy Spirit. Lord, to guide his mind and his heart. Lord we ask you to give him wisdom as you gave Solomon wisdom. And Lord we ask you that you would bring about a spiritual revival in our nation. And that the church that came together in this election would continue to come together and be light and salt to America and then to the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Morris believes Trump’s win represents a unity in the Christian church. I don’t agree. I think Trump is a divisive figure in that many Christians oppose him and his vision for the nation. However, the spin from his supporters is that Trump’s victory represents a deliverance or at the least a pause in the path toward social destruction. Others at the Faith, Freedom and Future Ball sounded similar themes (e.g., Tony Perkins said now we at least have a future.).