Everyday there’s a briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders follows the same routine. First she reads a devotion, then she says a prayer, and finally she meets the press.
President Trump’s new press secretary is an evangelical who reads a Christian devotional before news briefings https://t.co/3WTTwdMMG1
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 8, 2017
Naturally the New York Times is shocked by this odd ritual. “President Trump’s new press secretary is an evangelical who reads a Christian devotional before news briefings,” the paper reports with a curiosity normally reserved for anthropologists.
But there’s nothing new about asking Almighty God for grace under pressure, especially not in the White House. The last two presidents started their day with a morning devotion, as John Dickerson of CBS pointed out. Obama liked to read widely while Bush stuck to Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest.
One would think that there’s bipartisan consensus about Biblical wisdom. But here the New York Times seems to imply that there’s only hypocrisy, noting that the pastor’s daughter “is an unlikely public face for Mr. Trump, a twice-divorced connoisseur of grievance.”
When asked how she could bring herself to work for such a sinful executive, Sanders gave a reply that was spot on.
“Oftentimes, people want to make politicians perfect,”
“That’s one of the actual beauties of Christianity, is understanding that no one is.”
Granted, we’ve done our fair share of quibbling and criticizing and even condemning Sanders in this space. But her response to the New York Times is right. That’s one answer that shouldn’t need a follow-up.