Eddie James, a veteran black worship artist and minister who joined a diverse coalition of artists like Kari Jobe and her husband, Cody Carnes, at the White House Dec. 6 to worship and pray with President Donald Trump, has pushed back at critics of the group, telling them to “check your heart” if they found the visit problematic.
“Anyone who has a problem with us worshiping at the #WhiteHouse and praying for President @realdonaldtrump need to prayerfully check your heart! Everything this nation needs is found in Jesus! The beautiful people in this picture released His presence and it was amazing. There was an open Heaven over the #WhiteHouse. #Republican, #Democrat, or #Independent; if you are a #Christian, you would be moved at what God did on this day. I could NOT have been more proud of the #worship #movement of our nation! I am humbled that I am even in this picture,” James wrote in a post on Instagram in which he shared a photo of a group of about 40 people.
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I don’t have words to describe this moment. Some of the most powerful voices and vessels of worship and ministry releasing Jesus at the #WhiteHouse and praying for our President!! @pastor_brian_houston_ @paulamichellewhite @karijobe @codycarnes @davidbinion @brianjohnsonm @jennjohnson20 @trentcory @itsbrittnicole @jonathancainmusic @jayethomasmusic @officialmicahstampley and #BrynWaddell just to name a few!! Anyone who has a problem with us worshiping at the #WhiteHouse and praying for President @realdonaldtrump need to prayerfully check your heart!! 🙏🏾😊Everything this nation needs is found in Jesus!! The beautiful people in this picture released His Presence and it was amazing. There was an open heaven over the #WhiteHouse. #Republican, #Democrat, or #Independent; if you are a #Christian, you would be moved at what God did on this day. I could NOT have been more proud of the #worship #movement of our nation!! I am humbled that I am even in this picture!! #eddiejames #prayforourpresident #worshipmovement
The group included Hillsong Church’s Brian Houston as well as black artist Micah Stampley whose daughter recently died.
In a video posted by The White House on Twitter, Jobe and her husband said she was thankful to learn about how the Trump administration was working to help the marginalized and victims of human trafficking during the visit.
“We’ve just got to be with a part of the group today that just got to be a part of praying in the Cabinet Room and in the Oval Office for President Trump and got to listen to a lot of the faith briefing things that are going on in the White House, religious freedom and things like that,” Jobe said with her supportive husband at her side.
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I was invited to participate in a #WorshipGathering at the #WhiteHouse, listen to our nation’s greatest leaders and pray for #PresidentTrump!! Thank you @paulamichellewhite for this opportunity!! Thank you @codycarnes and @karijobe for leading us today!! It’s just the beginning of amazing things to come!! #EddieJames #NothingElse
“The thing that moved me the most is just how everyone is so for making sure we’re changing people’s lives and not leaving those that are marginalized and those that have been trafficked. Sometimes, I think that for those of us that don’t work in the White House it can look really big. Like something that we can’t even end, but they’re working to end these things. Change these things. I’ve just been in tears all day. I’m just so thankful to be part of this today and to see what God’s doing in our White House,” she said.
“We’ve gotten to worship, we’ve gotten to pray for our president, and I just have been so encouraged today because there have been so many good things happening out of this House for the faith community and the world,” Carnes added.
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Source: Christian Post