By Victor Ochieng
There were several protests across the country after the election and eventual swearing in of President Donald Trump. However, there was a section of the American populace that, regardless of whether they were Trump supporters or not, felt it was important to give the president a chance to serve the American people without unnecessary tension.
Pastor Donnie McClurkin, who actually didn’t vote for Trump, appealed to protesters, especially those drawn from the church, to focus on praying for the president instead of joining the protests.
“Now is our time to pray for him this is the job of the church. Let the world protest but the job of the church now it to go into prayer and pray that, number one, he succeeds because if he fails, we have to deal with the consequences as a nation,” the pastor said before quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14.
McClurkin’s statement rubbed many the wrong way, including fellow Christians who don’t support Trump. The pastor faced serious backlash, with many reminding him that even the civil rights movement, which was led by the godly Martin Luther King Jr., didn’t rely on prayer alone, but both prayer and constant agitation for positive change.
McClurkin was reminded of the words of Fredrick Douglas, which say, “I prayed for freedom for 20 years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”
The criticism directed at the pastor following his statement may have compelled him to think it through once again. And he realized it was uncalled for, prompting him to apologize. He did so through a video, in which he reflected on how protests have led to great achievements in the nation.
McClurkin said that at the time he was issuing his infamous statement, he had the feeling that he was entitled to his opinion and, therefore, didn’t have to beat himself over what people thought about it. That feeling of entitlement changed, and as he apologized, he said, “Today, in prayer, it hit me that that was totally arrogant ignorance.” Explaining why he abandoned his earlier statement, he pointed out that the moment someone starts thinking in such like manner, “it closes your mind down that you cannot receive any wisdom; you can’t hear from God and you can’t hear from men.”
In fact, McClurkin acknowledged that he himself has participated in protests, including joining Black Lives Matter in Washington D.C.