Dr. A.R. Bernard, founder and CEO of the Christian Cultural Center, New York City’s largest evangelical congregation, In a recent appearance on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” advised he resigned from the Evangelical Advisory Board in August after realising he would not be able to influence policy through the group’s work.
As Dr. Bernard explained why he left President Trump’s Evangelical Advisory he talked about what appeared as the presidents lack of interest in the pastor’s concerns at a sit down they had as he seemed more interested in the fact that he had made it to the White House. Explaining more about his departure he said; “(I felt) that I would be a minority voice at the table to help influence policy, ideas, initiatives. Fast forward to May of 2017, sitting in the Blue Room next to him at a table having dinner, so I engaged him (President Trump) and I seized a good 15, 20 minutes to talk about the inner city, “.
He also spoke about state of the country likening President Trumps election to King Saul as he further expressed; “We’ve been forced to have a conversation that we’ve needed to have since the Civil War,” he said. “I interpret it (Trump’s election) as Saul, someone who was put into power not at the desire of God but as concession to the people and who ended up exposing the spiritual and moral condition of the nation.”
Dr Bernard also pointed out that President Trump “doesn’t come across as someone who legitimately knows the Bible,” but added that the situation isn’t “all bad because America has been exposed.”
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