The National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. is a big deal and each year a mystery guest is scheduled to speak. Bono, Mother Theresa, and Tony Blair have all showed up in the past.
Presidents attend the speech as well. You might remember President Obama using the speech to lecture Americans about the Crusades and how we need to be nicer to Muslims.
VP Pence was supposed to show up and give the keynote speech but he had to cancel due to the Winter Olympics. He will be showing up to the ceremony with Otto Warmbier’s father.
From The Hill:
The father of Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old American who died after being jailed in North Korea, will accompany Vice President Pence to the Winter Olympics’ opening ceremonies in South Korea.
The Washington Post reported Sunday that Fred Warmbier will be Pence’s guest as the vice president leads the U.S. delegation in Pyeongchang.
The Hill has reached out to Pence’s office for confirmation.
Fred Warmbier and his wife, Cindy Warmbier, were guests of President Trump and first lady Melania Trump at the State of the Union address earlier this week.
Understandable that Pence would represent us on that huge stage rather than go to the breakfast.
But, the question becomes who will step in for Pence.
We now know the answer to that question and it’s pretty cool.
From Fox News:
Super Bowl champion and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has reportedly been tapped to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast dinner in the nation’s capital on Thursday.
Wentz will replace Vice President Pence as the keynote speaker, who will instead be attending the official start of the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, according to an announcement from Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., WDAZ reported.
The National Prayer Breakfast is an all-day event in Washington D.C. where leaders from around the globe convene every year.
President Trump will kick off the day and is set to speak during the morning breakfast at 8 a.m., according to the White House’s Facebook. The speech is a tradition that’s been done by every president since Dwight Eisenhower in 1952, WDAZ said.
Like his fellow Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, Wentz wears his faith on his sleeve.
The second-year signal-caller recently gave a sermon at the First Assembly Church in Fargo, North Dakota, his hometown.
“The myth in our world, in our society,” Wentz told the parishioners on June 28 according to WDAY TV in Fargo, “and even in the church, is that if I just have faith in Jesus, and I do enough good, that I’ll have salvation. You see that’s wrong.
“The truth is faith alone in Jesus Christ is what equals salvation plus the works. It’s not just for the pastors to tell the world about Jesus. They can’t reach the majority of people that we can. We all have to work together to make a difference.”
He quoted Ephesians 2:8-10 in his sermon, which reads, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
We need as much of that as we can get these days.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]