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Pastor who prayed for Trump onstage defends his decision to critics, says it wasn't an endorsement

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'It is good, and pleasing in the sight of God, to pray for the president'

Pastor David Platt of McLean Bible Church prays for President Donald Trump on Sunday. (Image source: McLean Bible Church video screenshot)

David Platt, the pastor of McLean Bible Church in Virginia, unintentionally made headlines over the weekend when President Donald Trump showed up at his church to receive prayer.

As a pastor who intentionally avoids political associations and rhetoric, Platt was somewhat uncomfortable with the situation, and aware of the potential criticisms that can result from a perceived association with a figure as polarizing as President Trump. Having been called upon to pray for the president on just a few moments' notice, Platt prayed a nonpartisan, biblically-grounded prayer for President Trump.

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