“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
So goes the first part of the most well-known prayer in the world, the Lord’s Prayer, given to us 2,000 years ago by Jesus Himself. Who would ever think this beloved prayer—said by billions of people, for thousands of years—would be considered controversial?
But apparently, it is. Especially when prayed by the first lady of the United States at an event organized by and for her husband, President Donald Trump.
At the Melbourne, Florida, rally on Saturday (Feb. 18), Melania Trump walked up to the presidential podium, thanked the crowd and, with her husband by her side, said something I can’t remember any first lady or president doing in recent memory. She said simply, “Let us pray,” and then read the Lord’s Prayer in its entirety.
At first, the crowd didn’t seem to know what was happening, but then it quieted down. Many closed their eyes and joined her in praying. When she was done, the crowd erupted in spontaneous applause.
Yet so many have now chosen to criticize and politicize it.