Several evangelicals, of various political persuasions, have weighed in.
On the court evangelical side:
Another example of the media using the funeral of a great president to make fun of @realDonaldTrump. Much of the media has lost it. There’s no respect, no honor. What happened to professionalism & to journalists reporting the facts w/no personal agenda? https://t.co/PlMyIbyX0f
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) December 7, 2018
It’s a shame the media & Trump-haters couldn’t even let the funeral of a well-loved president go by w/out trying to find fault w/@POTUS @realDonaldTrump. Shame on them. We should be thankful for all of the positive things he has done for our country. 2/2 https://t.co/5EKqooxNFx
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) December 6, 2018
Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas Church in Texas and another one of Trump’s evangelical supporters, told HuffPost in an email that he’s heard Trump recite the Lord’s Prayer at a White House dinner and sing a Christian hymn at Billy Graham’s funeral. The criticism over the president’s failure to recite the Apostles’ Creed was a “manufactured controversy” created by “perennial Trump haters” who want to insert a wedge between the president and “his unshakable evangelical base,” Jeffress said.
The pastor said that there are times he doesn’t recite the scriptures or sing hymns in his own church because he’s distracted.
“I imagine the leader of the free world has a few things on his mind, as well!” Jeffress wrote.
In addition, Jeffress said that Trump’s actions are ultimately what matter the most, citing a Bible verse that states that faith without works or actions is dead.
“Historic Christianity teaches that it is not the words of a creed we mouth that make us a Christian, but the faith in Christ we embrace,” Jeffress wrote. “By his works, President Trump has become the most faith-friendly president in history.”
And here is progressive Christian Rachel Held Evans:
I’m glad he didn’t say the creed. One less chance for him to once again make a mockery of what I, and millions, actually believe by exploiting it for political gain.
— Rachel Held Evans (@rachelheldevans) December 6, 2018
And others of note:
Mueller Bombshell: Trump Colludes With Russian Orthodox Church By Preferring The Nicene Creed To The Apostles’ Creed pic.twitter.com/ohm38JJPbc
— The Babylon Bee-hole (@TheBabyIonBee) December 7, 2018
A Trump supporter tweeted me praising the president’s decision not to read the Apostles’ Creed with the other attendees at Bush’s funeral as him not following the crowd … pic.twitter.com/lXsMyXrW28
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) December 7, 2018
I’m far less interested in a President not saying the Apostles’ Creed than I am in whether or not the other four meant it when they did.
— Ed Condon (@canonlawyered) December 7, 2018
— John Fea (@JohnFea1) December 8, 2018
I assume the President was looking for those two Corinthians during the Apostles Creed.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) December 5, 2018
“Apostles Creed? He’s the guy the Russian killed in Rocky IV?”
— Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) December 5, 2018
Even the BAPTISTS read along. https://t.co/ZIvjaYPxtC
— Fred Clark (@SlacktivistFred) December 5, 2018