Writing to the Baptist Press, Rev. Seth Carter puts forth the question of how Christian the phrase ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ is. He later requests followers to use the phrase ‘Pray for Biden’ instead of ‘Let’s Go Brandon.’ Rev. Carter is a Baptist pastor from Kentucky who heads the First Baptist Church of Paintsville.
Carter starts off by saying that he is no fan of President Joe Biden. “Now to be clear, I am no supporter of our president’s actions or policies. In no way do I feel support for him welling up inside of me.” However, he remarked on the role of Christians to be subservient to those in power, referring to the Bible. Specifically, he referenced the apostles Peter and Paul’s attitude towards the emperor Nero. “…an attitude of humility, submission, respect and honor,” wrote the pastor.
He also claims that the phrase LGB damages Christian witness. “I have been greatly discouraged by the number of professing Christians who are crying out ‘Let’s Go, Brandon!’” he said. Saying the phrase LGB is not characteristic of God’s people, according to the pastor.
Finally, he implores fellow Christians to use the phrase ‘Pray for Biden’ instead of ‘Let’s Go Brandon,’ saying that they must “overcome evil with good.” He says, “How about instead of ‘Let’s Go Brandon,’ we start a rallying cry of ‘Pray for Biden’.”
In opposition to the pastor’s op-ed, conservative website Capstone Report published an editorial of their own criticizing the op-ed’s “submission to regime’s lies.” While saying that the original phrase FJB is profane and should be avoided by Christians, the piece explains that ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ has gained a broader meaning. “To say, “Let’s go, Brandon,” is not to say anything other than the mainstream press are propaganda agents of the Joe Biden regime,” the editorial noted, referring to how an NBC reporter tried to gaslight the public about expletives thrown at Biden.
The editorial also challenged Rev. Carter’s notion of being submissive to those in power: “According to Jonathan Mayhew’s 1750 sermon on Romans 13, the Christian does not owe submission nor obedience to tyrants.” It notes that Biden is indeed a tyrant because of his “unconstitutional mandates and attacks on Christian liberty.”
Responding to these criticisms, Rev. Carter says that he is not asking Christians to be silent. He further said that they should take stands for what they believe is right. “I’m just trying to get my own people to go back to scripture and take it seriously,” said the pastor. He still expressed his disdain for the phrase ‘Let’s Go Brandon,’ saying, “It doesn’t help our cause when people see Christians acting like the people that we’re trying to oppose.”