Last night, NBA on TNT anchor Ernie Johnson broke from the sport show’s typical format and took a moment to address the national climate.
Like many Americans, Johnson said the vitriolic election and the actions and words of both candidates did not sit well with him during the campaign cycle. But instead of feeling discouraged in the aftermath of such a hostile election, Johnson was going to rely on his faith and pray for those in power and those who feel like they have none. It’s a message we all need to hear:
I never know from one election to the next, who’s going to be in the Oval Office. But I always know who’s on the throne. And I’m on this earth, because God created me, and that’s who I answer to. I’m a Christian. I follow this guy named Jesus—you might have heard of him.
And the greatest commandment he gave me was to love others, and Scripture also tells us to pray for our leaders. And that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to pray for Donald Trump. I’m going to pray for all those people right now who feel like they’re on the outside looking in, who are afraid at this point—pray for them too.
You can see his full two-minute statement below.