When people of faith drop to their knees for nightly prayer, many, I suspect, find themselves struggling with the often preached injunction to pray for those in positions of public trust.
Are we, they may be asking, to pray for President Donald Trump, the architect of un-American and un- Christian anti-immigrant measures grounded in paranoia and fear of the stranger? That description of Trump's proposals was supplied by the Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral.
Are they to pray for people placed by Trump in positions of civil authority, such as nationalist Stephen Bannon, Trump's chief strategist; Attorney General Jeff Sessions with his tarnished history on race; and truth-challenged and ethics-challenged sycophant Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president?
Pray for elected officials on Capitol Hill who will enable Trump and his Cabinet to do bad things to good people?
Are the faithful expected to commend Trump's agenda to the Lord in prayer?