It’s interesting to watch the response faith leaders have had to Donald Trump. It’s clear that he operates without morality. And aside from his opposition to gay marriage and abortion, there’s nothing to suggest that his ideals are particularly Christian. Still, we’ve seen people of faith who take an interesting approach when it comes to interacting with this particular president.
They either avoid him entirely, speaking against his rhetoric and policies or they decide to dialogue with him, believing that he’ll eventually see the light or be convicted to be more empathetic to the plight of the American people who are not White, cisgender men.
It seems that Pastor John Gray has taken the latter approach. He and several other Black pastors met with President Trump to discuss prison reform. From what I’ve seen thus far, Pastor Gray led a prayer during the meeting.
Another pastor, Darrell Scott, from Ohio, said this about Trump and his administration, “ This is probably the most pro-active administration regarding urban America and the faith-based community in my lifetime. This is probably going to be…the most pro-black president that we’ve had in our lifetime.” Referencing President Obama and his relationship to the Black community, he said, “This president actually wants to prove something. The last president didn’t feel like he had to. He got a pass.”
God knows what else they discussed during this meeting or what the ministers felt they could achieve by attending. Maybe they saw the Kim Kardashian meeting and felt they could replicate the results.
Either way, there were people who had plenty to say about Gray’s meeting with Trump.
Here’s what Gray said about the meeting after the fact.
What do you think about Gray’s decision to meet with Trump?