The criticism of Relentless pastor John Gray has been relentless since he agreed to join other faith leaders for a meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss prison reform.
That’s why a dear friend, Carl Lentz, pastor of Hillsong NYC, felt compelled to defend the South Carolina leader, as well as other supporters like Grammy-winning worship leader Tasha Cobbs Leonard.
“Thank you for your huge heart. Thank you for your commitment to your family,” wrote the singer in a heartfelt Instagram post. She serves as a worship leader at Gray’s South Carolina church.
“Thank you for your submitted life to the works God has called you to in the earth. Your assignment is huge and impactful. Always know that I have your back both publicly and privately,” she added.
Gray, also an associate pastor at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, told CNN he only accepted the controversial invitation to help “people who look like me” benefit from the president’s prison reform efforts. Gray further quoted Martin Luther King Jr.’s wisdom, saying, “We cannot influence a table that we are not seated at.”
Nonetheless, many expressed that as long as Trump is at the table, it isn’t one worth sitting at. Some even accused Gray of simply wanting a photo opportunity and increased visibility—something he denies.
In a response to critics on social media, Gray admitted that he was hesitant about attending the meeting because he knew the decision would be controversial.
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SOURCE: EEW Magazine, Trisha Milton