Author and Pastor David Murray posed the question as to whether or not Donald Trump just might have made a recent move that serves as the literal answer to prayers that have been on many Christians’ lips these past years: the new President appointed nine members to the White House, each of whom profess publicly to be Christians.
Murray, in a piece for headhearthand.org wrote that, “For many years, we have prayed that God would raise up men and women of God to positions of leadership and influence in our country. However, since the end of the George W. Bush administration, there have been previous few answers to that prayer.” The writer continues, wondering aloud, “Who would have thought that Donald Trump might be the answer to that prayer?”
This “answer,” in the form of nine new members of the White House staff, Murray further reveals by divulging the names of each, as well as what (including the sharing of direct quotes) announces them publicly as being people of faith. Among the list is Vice-president elect Mike Pence, who stated, “My Christian faith is at the heart of who I am” and “I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order,” Chief of Staff Reince Preibus, Attorney General Jeff Sessions (who also moonlights as a Sunday school teacher at his family’s church), Housing and Urban Development’s Dr. Ben Carson, Education’s Betsy DeVos, newly-announced Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (known to have donated $5,000-$10,000 to the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches in 2012), EPA’s Scott Pruitt, CIA’s Mike Pompeo (whose family attends Eastminster Presbyterian Church), and Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley.
Although Murray himself admits he cannot vouch for, and does not know specifically the personal lives of each new nominee, he does venture to assert that the prospect of this leadership can most likely be assumed as a huge step up from the “further hounding and persecuting of Christians we’d be facing if Hillary had won.”
Yet even with this hopeful surmising, Murray assures readers that this is “no reason to stop praying though. Indeed, plenty reason to pray all the more.”