The United States President, Donald Trump and the U.S. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, attended the 68th Annual National Prayer Breakfast, where they were charged to shun contempt and division.
The service were said to have been attended by representatives from fifty U.S. states and over 50 religious backgrounds and representatives from over 140 countries.
The National Prayer Breakfast is a yearly event held in Washington, D.C., usually on the first Thursday in February, designed for the political, social, and business elite to gather and pray together.
The preacher of the day, Authur Brooks of the Havard University and an opinion writer for the Washington Post, said that divisive tendencies can destroy societies but stressed that love and forgiveness would ensure lasting peace and progress for the nation.
On the crisis of contempt and polarization, he asked “How many of you love somebody you disagree with politically?
He also urged political elites to love the opposition like Jesus did.
“Contempt kills relationships. Answer hatred with love; Jesus says love your enemies not tolerate them
“Go against your human nature, follow Jesus teachings, and take political contempt from your heart.
“You need to disagree with people; that’s what makes America great; it’s the competition of ideas,” he said.
But Trump used the platform to hit back at the Democrats and to also repeat his state of the Union address, adding that America was doing great economically.
Trump also alleged that his administration and family was persecuted by dishonest people, adding that his impeachment trial was orchestrated by “corrupt people” and it also affected the nation badly.
He said “it was not easy to like people when they impeached you”, but he added that he was trying his best.
“I don’t like people who use their faith to do what is wrong,” he said.
The service was predominated with “love your neighbor as yourself” speeches as different anchor men and women stressed that God forgives people despite their flaws and that Jesus Christ usually visited people who were termed unworthy by the society.
The meeting also showed a video clip of religious bodies (Indians, Nigerians, and others) around the world who are tortured for their faith.
Prayers were also rendered for all the institutions of governance, the work force and religious bodies “that God will continue to guide us in the ways of justice”.
Recall that the articles of impeachment against Trump was filed by Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats but was later rejected by the Republican controlled Senate, thereby acquitting the president.