WASHINGTON – The Christian evangelical group Faith and Action may not agree with the president,but it is urging people to pray for him anyway.
The group hung a two-story,bright yellow banner on the front of its building behind the Supreme Court on Thursday,citing a Bible verse that urges people to pray for kings and others in power.
“The president needs our prayers. He bears the weight of one of the most complex jobs on Earth,” the Rev. Rob Schenck,president of Faith and Action,said during a press conference.
The Rev. Patrick Mahoney,director of the Christian Defense Coalition,said the banner is a positive thing: “We are not malicious toward our president. We support and stand in solidarity in prayer for our president.”
The banner quotes 1 Timothy 2:1-4,from the English Standard Version of the Bible,which says to pray for “kings and all who are in high positions.”
Faith and Action has posted banners before,but this is the first time it has displayed one for an inauguration.
Schneck and Mahoney said they hope to spark conversation from both sides of the aisle. They plan to leave the banner up until Jan. 27.
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