Pastor A.R. Bernard Calls Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Council a ‘Photo Op’…
A day after announcing his official resignation from President Donald Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board — citing a “deepening conflict in values” between himself and the administration — political kingmaker and leader of New York City’s largest church A.R. Bernard called the board a “photo op” and urged white evangelical leaders to hold the president “accountable to an agenda.”
Bernard, who is founder, senior pastor and CEO of the 40,000-member Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, announced his departure from the board on Friday in the wake of the deadly unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“I quietly stepped away from the board several months ago, and submitted my formal letter of resignation as of Tuesday, Aug. 15. I am always grateful and honored by any opportunity to serve my country,” Bernard said in his statement.
He later explained to CNN’s Don Lemon over the weekend that he was willing to face a “degree of risk” to his reputation by working with the Trump administration for the greater good.
However, Bernard said be believes Trump’s leadership is compromised by his lack of a consistent set of “core values.”
“I think that as time progressed you, look for change, you look for consistency, you look for responsibility and leadership and I didn’t see consistency in a set of core values that influenced and shaped his thinking. And when he vacillated over the last week, especially over Charlottesville, I had come to the point where I had to make a decision to more than just step away. I had to fully disengage myself,” Bernard said.
“When you vacillate like that, it means that there’s not a set of core values that you have determined to guide your thinking, your decision-making. Instead, it demonstrates that you are being tossed between opinions of those around you. And I’ve got a problem with that kind of lack of leadership.”
SOURCE: Leonardo Blair