An image of President Donald Trump bowing in prayer as evangelical leaders laid their hands on him went viral online, drawing a great deal of criticism from countless Twitter users.
The group was invited to the White House over a week ago. Invitees included former Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann; Florida megachurch pastor Paula White; and Southern Baptist pastors Jack Graham, Ronnie Floyd, and Robert Jeffress, among others. Many were part of the faith advisory team during Trump's campaign.
While the leaders present didn't discuss what they were praying for at the time the now famous photo was snapped, pastors told The Washington Post that issues such as religious freedom, health care, criminal justice reform, pending judicial nominees, and support for Israel were all discussed during their meeting.
Online, many people used the image to criticize Trump by bringing religion into the White House, claiming this was a nod to theocracy, while others criticized everyone taking part in the meeting for praying in public.
Separation of church and state... https://t.co/slZS6l94FL— Michael Deibert (@michaelcdeibert) July 12, 2017
Matthew 6:6 says when you pray you should do so behind closed doors & in secret. I guess Matthew 6:7 must say "but also then tweet about it" https://t.co/xfdKd51nLr— Kendally Brown ?? (@kendallybrown) July 12, 2017
Or are they trying to push him out the door? #CouldHappen— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) July 12, 2017
Others were just plain shocked religious figures would use their phones while in prayer.
Generally speaking, I believe taking pictures with your phone is discouraged during prayer. https://t.co/fQQ1S7olPo— Will Leitch (@williamfleitch) July 12, 2017
Some responses were also pretty funny, while others reminded their followers of Trump's past comments regarding women.
Even better pic.twitter.com/zNMXc2ZJW8— Ross (@BatteryTenderUn) July 12, 2017
They believe in magic. They are running our country-and believe in magic. ??— CarolsDaughter (@CarolsDaughter9) July 12, 2017
The groper gets a laying of hands. Truly the idolization of mammon is at hand.— David Pumpkins Ltd (@DavidEMcK59) July 12, 2017
While among Christians in America Trump seems to have a good following, The Washington Post reports, it looks like the president will need a little more than prayer to get the non-religious folks onboard with his agenda.