Franklin Graham Defends Trump Not Reciting the Apostles’ Creed, Says ‘the Pharisees Are After Trump’

Leading evangelist Franklin Graham has come to the defense of President Donald Trump who did not recite the Apostles’ Creed at former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral on Wednesday.

Graham, son of the late evangelist Billy Graham and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, took to his Facebook page to respond to critics who’ve pointed out that Trump was the only U.S. president who did not recite the creed during the ceremony at Washington National Cathedral.

Graham, who has been vocal in his support for many of the administration’s policy decisions and has in the past defended Trump on his Facebook page, compared Trump’s failure to recite the creed (which declares belief in God the Father, Christ, and the Holy Spirit) to his own unwillingness to sing in church.

“Guess what — I don’t usually sing in church. Why? Because I can’t carry a tune! And, I have no rhythm,” Graham wrote. “I have to watch someone else clapping or I get off beat, so usually I just keep my hands in my pockets. Look around in church sometime — lots of people aren’t singing.”

Graham then blamed the media for launching the firestorm surrounding Trump not reciting the creed.

“Isn’t it a shame that the media and the Trump-haters couldn’t even let the funeral of a well-loved president go by without trying to find fault with President Donald J. Trump?” Graham asked. “Shame on them. Nay-sayers always pointing an accusing finger. Instead, let’s be thankful for all of the incredibly positive things he has done for our country (it’s a long list) and lift him and Melania up in our prayers.”

As Trump has been described by some conservative evangelical leaders as the most “faith-friendly” president of all time because of his administration’s pro-life policies, the appointment of conservative judges and vows to protect religious freedom, many in the media have focused on the president’s imperfections in his faith life and question why evangelicals would support him.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith