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1. I know y'all mean well & I honestly before the Lord have no beef w/ any of you. But seeing all the retweets & praise of Platt praying for Trump was hard yesterday. That man has cost my family everything. Our church, friends, a ton of trauma, etc...
2. @plattdavid was faithful. He IS a faithful man of God. He did nothing wrong praying for the president. He legit didn't. At the same time tho, this is why my family can't be in your churches. Cuz your churches are places where a president like Trump will show up & be prayed for
3. Your churches are a place where one minute my wife and I could be worshipping the Lord and within a matter of seconds, completely out of nowhere, our PTS is triggering and we'd have to spend a week picking ourselves off the floor. If we were there; we would have been broken...
4. It's not about what Platt said. It's about the culture. Evangelical churches are places where at any moment y'all will traumatize us and its such a non-category, it's not even considered. I don't think anyone thought; "how will this hit our black & hispanic members?"
5. My place of worship has to be a safe space. It has to be a place where my pastors know, "there is too much pain here due to the things this man has said & done. He is a welcomed guest but I can't force my congregation to pray for him out the blue like this w/ no warning."
6. Don't get it twisted, I pray for the president, I pray for leaders. I pray regularly for our country's leaders. But every time I've seen that video it has hit me harder than I wanna speak on here. I can't imagine what it would've been like actually being there; thought hurts.
7. And I am not any less spiritual or mature than any of you for being more bothered by that video than celebratory. If you come onto this thread and suggest such it will be an insta-block.
8. Our, how will this hit members of our church who have been victims of sexual assault/abuse. I know a decent amount of very mature women in Christ who would've also been profoundly triggered by having Trump walk onto stage of their church and seeing their pastor pray for him.
9. My understanding is that he was there for abt 16 minutes. I dunno, maybe this makes me unqualified for pastoral ministry to some of you & you won't support my plant in the future (😅), but I do not think it was worth it. 16 minutes w/ the President > wounded/traumatized sheep.
10. Maybe that church's demographics made this a non-issue. For me, I plan to pastor/build a church that'll be a refuge for wounded & traumatized sheep. A place Trump wouldn't want to come to & if he did I wouldn't let him on stage or put saints on the spot to pray for him.
Let me say it again just to be abundantly clear; It was a great prayer and I understand the church culture dynamic that says if a president shows up; we should pray for him as a church. I get it, I’m not mad at Platt. I love him! That culture just isn’t for me or my family.
Since y’all keep asking...

Pastor: “Mr. President, thank you so much for coming. You are welcome to attend our Service”

Trump: I want to be on stage for a moment.

Pastor: Mr. President, with respect, your words have wounded many of my sheep. It would not serve them...
Pastor *continued*: “to have you on stage, especially without any time given to them to prepare. You are welcome here, we are so thankful you came, but I cannot have you on stage. I’d love to pray for you privately with my other elders in the back.”
.... SBC leadership should’ve done the same thing with Pence at last year’s convention.
.@plattdavid issuing this statement doesn’t surprise me at all, cuz David Pla is a faithful brother, pastor, man of God. This reenforces what I already knew to be true but I wanted to make sure I posted it on this thread. I’m Thankful for Platt.
Wanting to put all my thoughts in one place under one thread since folks are taking little snippets from all over the place in an effort to paint me as a man who hates Platt and his church.

This was a video sharing my final reflects. Once again I adorn Platt’s life & ministry and share more deeply where I’m coming from.

In this thread I bring receipts to why I believe having Trump come on stage w/o any notice could be triggering to people of color. This wasn’t a shot at Platt, but this was a response to all the people who were dismissing thebrealities of racial trauma.

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