Dr. Robert Jeffress, Baptist pastor in a megachurch in Dallas, and right-wing extremist, also serves as an advisor to Trump on the “evangelical advisory board.” Jeffress has just given Trump the stamp of evangelical approval should he decide to nuke North Korea into oblivion, never mind what happens to the rest of the world. Jeffress speaks for God almighty and is “heartened” by Trump’s position of showing Kim Jong-Un “fire, fury and power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
Dr. Jeffress actually seems to have endorsed The Washington Post by retweeting the article they wrote about his endorsement, entitled, “God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jon Un.”
Jeffress sees Trump’s fire and fury speech as drawing a red line:
“When @POTUS draws a red line, he will not erase, move, or back away from it. Thank God for pres. who is serious ab. protecting our country.”
Trump’s current nuclear option is seen as endowed by God in a pure mission “to stop evil,” according to Jeffress.
“When it comes to how we should deal with evildoers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil,” Jeffress said. “In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un”
The pastor cites Romans 13 as justification for his position, though part of the passage says, “Do not repay evil for evil.” The Post reported that Jeffress absolutely holds the government to a different standard than Christians. He also absolutely endorses Trump:
Over the past two years, Jeffress said, Trump has been “very measured, very thoughtful in every response,” reported The Post.
Judging by this quote, it’s hard to believe Jeffress has been paying attention, but as you’ll see, he also doesn’t seem to take a great interest in global affairs.
Below is a video of pastor Jeffress from 2017, in which he compares Obama to “paving the way for the antichrist to take over the world.” The interview took place with Bill O’Reilly, who has since been forced out of Fox News because of sexual harassment allegations.
See the short video below:
As you can see, Jeffress snidely points his finger and claims Obama took too much “governmental overreach –Overreach he believes will pave the way for the antichrist. Yet the same man assigns God’s endorsement to Trump, who has signed far more executive orders than Obama in his first 100 days. Trump’s overreach has extended to attacking the Constitutional First Amendment and also to disregarding the Emoluments Clause by improperly accepting payments from foreign governments.
Trump has overreached is many other ways: Banning transgender service members with a Tweet comes to mind, but Jeffress would likely call that God’s divine anti-trans work as well. Congress, even Republican-controlled as it is, has had to attempt to curb Trump’s power, even ignoring Trump’s administration on national security and foreign policy. They even went so far as to sanction Russia, against Trump’s will, because Trump’s overreach appears to quite possibly have been colluding with Russia. Now, they must confront the real possibility that Trump’s “fire and fury” may rage out of control on a global stage with millions or more lives at risk.
It may not be surprising that a fire and brimstone pastor now believes Trump’s fire and fury is following God’s will. Yet paradoxically, the pastor rails against a government having the right to persecute people of faith, yet fully endorses Trump, who obviously persecutes people of the Muslim faith.
Let’s be clear, it never was really about “religious freedom.”
But then, Jeffress also believes that “many evangelicals, like most Americans, really don’t pay attention to global affairs.” How can a group who believes in sending evangelists to Africa and remote parts of the world simultaneously hold the opinion that they don’t need to pay attention to what’s going on in the world? Knowing that some evangelicals, like Franklin Graham, have very much taken an interest in world affairs, going so far as to have meetings with Vladimir Putin, this statement from Jeffress, like “religious freedom,” is another that does not ring true.
Political science professor Amy Black noted that the same reason that Pastor Jeffress uses to endorse Trump through Romans 13 also could, by the same logic, be used to endorse Kim Jung-Un.
It’s similar to the bogus “Relgious Freedom” bills, because it’s not really about endorsing freedom of religion, except for Christianity.
Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian, puts it in a very clear way with a Tweet:
“#ReligiousFreedom is code for state-sponsored promotion of Christianity. Trump isn’t silent on Minnesota mosque bombing b/c no one told him.”
#ReligiousFreedom is code for state-sponsored promotion of Christianity. Trump isn't silent on Minnesota mosque bombing b/c no one told him.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) August 8, 2017
The Huffington Post reported that Jeffress has a long history of intolerant rants directed against gays, Muslims, Catholics, Mormons and more.
For evangelicals, the rules seem to be meant to apply only to those wearing a halo, as put in place and seen conveniently only by themselves. Imagine that halo on Trump’s head and you see an absurd visage.
This kind of extremism has risen to power in an administration intent on building walls, also endorsed by the good Pastor Jeffress. Yet the wall that seems most in need of enforcing now is the one between church and state. Leaving the Holy Wars out of global affairs will be required, lest evangelical’s self-fulfilled prophecies lead the country and the world into fiery and furious chaos from which there can be no reversal.
With Donald Trump in power, there seems to be little to no chance of reversing the march toward conflict. He even seems to have predicted that in a Tweet from 2013 below:
Featured image: Screenshot of Pastor Jeffress from YouTube