Barber, GOP trade charges over praying for Trump

Reverend William Barber, North Carolina's NAACP President and the organizer of left-wing groups' Moral Monday protests, appears to be confused on where the Bible stands on praying for elected officials. An MSNBC host recently asked him what he thought about people praying for President Trump in the Oval office. He responded by calling it, "Theological malpractice that borders on heresy.". 

Reverend Barber is well known in our state for criticizing Republicans and conservatives in government. While it is acceptable to hold an opposing opinion, the Gospel instructs us to pray for those in positions in power. Even if we disagree with them.

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Is it a sin to pray for President Donald Trump?

Rev. William Barber, state president of the NAACP and arguably the loudest voice of protest against North Carolina's Republican power structure, suggested it might be over the weekend during a national television interview that ginned up some GOP anger back home.

MSNBC's Joy Reid asked Barber about a widely shared picture of Trump in the Oval Office, where he is surrounded by pastors laying hands on the president in prayer.

"What do you make of this laying on of hands and this embrace of Donald Trump by the evangelical right, of the Christian right?" Reid asked.

Barber started with a reference to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and their "very, very, very extreme agenda." Then he called the Oval Office prayer session "a form of theological malpractice that borders on heresy."

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