American Family Association President Tim Wildmon Joins President Trump’s Faith Advisory Council
TUPELO, Miss.—Headline after headline analyze the important role evangelical Christians played in President Donald Trump’s election in 2016 and continue to play in his presidency and his possible re-election in 2020.
Now, American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net) President Tim Wildmon has been named to President Trump’s faith advisory council, made up of key leaders who support and help guide the president’s faith-based initiatives, give insight on policy important to evangelicals and, most importantly, pray for the president.
“President Trump, while running in the GOP primary, reached out to the Christian community to try to better understand who we are and what we wanted to see in a presidential candidate,” Wildmon said. “I know that for a fact. Initially I was skeptical of his sincerity. Some would say it was a political move, since he knew he could not win the GOP nomination if he did not have a significant percentage of the evangelical vote. But today, Christians alone are not a large enough voting bloc to elect a presidential candidate by themselves. But Trump wanted to be our friend, and he stood for a lot of the same things we stood for. And he still does.
“Yes, he is a flawed man, but still, he is not embarrassed to be seen with or stand with ‘the evangelicals,’ as he calls us,” Wildmon added. “One of the reasons President Trump has taken unrelenting, incoming fire from the liberal elites—even before he was sworn in—is precisely because he is not ashamed of the Bible, the Constitution, the family and the free enterprise system.”
This fall, AFA initiated a pledge to call on Americans to pray for President Trump daily in the midst of chaos, anger and division in Washington, as well as amid ongoing assaults against the founding principles of the republic.
“This is a critical time for America,” Wildmon said. “We need to pray for God to intervene. We need to ask the Lord to protect, strengthen, encourage and guide our nation and our president. I believe the only hope for him, and this nation, is God.
“We know that God hears and answers prayer,” he continued. “He can soften hearts and change minds. He is all-powerful, and He rules over the affairs of nations. The Bible instructs us to pray for those in authority, ‘that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior’ (1 Timothy 2:2-3, NKJV).”
More than 12,500 signed AFA’s prayer pledge.
Wildmon joins other leaders on the faith advisory council such as Gary Bauer, president of American Values; Tim Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors; James Dobson, author, psychologist and host of “Family Talk;” Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University; Ronnie Floyd, author and senior pastor of Cross Church; Jack Graham, author and pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church; Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas; Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission; Eric Metaxas, author and national radio host; Johnnie Moore, author, religious freedom advocate and public relations executive; Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council; Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition; and Paula White, senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center, who was recently named to a new position within the White House.
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