Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin and more reacts differently as Trump Demands churches reopen
Marching into the White House briefing room for a hastily called announcement, Mr. Trump declared places of worship “essential” operations that should hold services in person this weekend regardless of state quarantine orders stemming from the Coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 96,000 people in the United States.
“The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important, essential places of faith to open right now for this weekend,” Mr. Trump said, reading from a prepared text before leaving after just about a minute without taking questions. “If they don’t do it, I will override the governors. In America, we need more prayer, not less.”
Following the announcement, some have praised Trump for the decision, especially Christians, while others argued that it is a political move to win some Christian base as current poll shows he is losing points to Joe Biden. According to the New York Times, the reopening of churches is important to Trump’s political future.
American Gospel music minister and pastor, Donnie McClurkin said Trump’s demand that churches reopen is a “calculated” move to win political favor from the faith-based community without regard to their safety.
“This political ploy to gain favor from the faith-based community, seven (7) months before an election, is calculated. It is dangerous, reckless and irresponsible,” McClurkin said in a Facebook live broadcast.
Also Grammy Award winning Gospel music minister Kirk Franklin took to his Instagram to advice Christians to “stay home,” following the Friday announcement by Donald Trump.
“As somebody who loves church, as somebody who loves tobe able to be with my brothers and sister in worship, I’m letting you know right now, it is very clear. This Sunday, stay home. God is not limited to a building. Do you see these buildings? These buildings are closed. It is like 3 o’clock on Friday and these buildings are closed, but we are gonna let people into church were it is natural to touch your neighbour, hi-five few people and hug your brothers and sisters? Stay home. God is in your house and if God ain’t in your house, He’s not gon’ show up just because you are in church.”
Calling out both Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin, Gospel music minister and producer Kelly Lyon said one should never listen to anyone who puts medical experts, science and the counsel of men ahead of the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
“You believe when the fake news media said one person infected 180 people in church with the virus but you can’t believe that God has given us power to thread upon serpents and scorpions and if we drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt us. I thought you were the one who sang “God is able to do just what He said He will do”?
“@kirkfranklin @donmac6453 @thekurtcarr we need to understand when we are concern out of fear. I wonder what your followers believe. You all are being very political right now. Please how much did they pay you? So much unbelief expressed in your face. SMH.”
Meanwhile, the White House could not explain what power President Donald Trump actually has to override the governors. Legal experts said he did not have such authority, but he could take states to court on religious freedom grounds.