Pastor Van Moody and a number of other inner-city faith leaders met with President Donald Trump on Wednesday to discuss the importance of the church in the community.
One of the main topics of the meeting, for example, was prison reform and workforce development for former prisoners.
Pastor Moody was aware of the backlash he would possibly receive by attending a meeting with President Trump but went anyway.
In an editorial letter published on the Fox News website, Pastor Van Moody discussed his disappointment with America and the media for their outrage of any support for President Trump, even if it is for a bipartisan issue like prison reform.
Here is some of what he had to say.
“The political and cultural climate in our country has plummeted to such a petty and disturbing place that I fully expected I might be attacked afterwards. Nevertheless, I accepted the invitation. I believe that the ability to help others who are marginalized, disenfranchised and voiceless is an important pursuit, and I remain committed to the cause of Christ beyond pettiness and politics.
“Sadly, my fears were realized when I and some of the other leaders were attacked after this meeting – both in our churches, our local communities and from others nationally. Our statements, and even the opening prayer, came under intense scrutiny and our remarks were also taken out of context in order to generate click-bait headlines.
“Much has been made about my thanking President Trump for “caring for all people.” Some individuals have misconstrued that statement to conclude I was giving a blanket endorsement of everything the president has done. That was not the intent of my statement.
“...I am on record as disagreeing with President Trump, including on aspects of his immigration policy. However, I would happily hop on a plane to Washington again if I were invited to sit down and talk through other issues that will help the disenfranchised, marginalized and voiceless, like I did on at our meeting this week.
“...My prayer is that we no longer sacrifice the people who need help the most on the altar of our egos and political ideology. We don’t have to agree on all things – in fact, we might only agree on a few things – but I still believe we can work together for the betterment of this country, its citizens, and our communities.
“As a Christian, my ultimate example is Jesus, and in the spirit of the popular bracelets from years ago I think we have to ask the question: “What would Jesus do?” This answer is simple. He would work to make a difference in the lives of people, regardless of who is in the White House. I pray that we do likewise.”