It’s been a “great” week for the President of the United States. Think about it:
- Trump’s former lawyer testified before Congress and called president a liar, a racist, an adulterer, a con man, and a cheat. And then he produced evidence which seems to implicate Trump in federal crimes.
- Trump went to Vietnam to meet with the North Korean dictator. While he was there, the North Korean dictator told Trump that he was unaware that an American college student was imprisoned and tortured in his country. Trump believed what the dictator told him, stating “I will take him at his word.” The parents of the now-dead college student are outraged at this act of insensitivity.
- A New York Times story uncovered that Donald Trump insisted that his son-in-law be given a top-secret security clearance despite the fact that intelligence officials and the White House top lawyer said this what a bad idea. This is blatant nepotism. The story also proves that Trump has lied about this on multiple occasions.
You would think the court evangelicals might lay low on a week like this. Nope. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church at Dallas, went on Fox Business News tonight and praised Trump:
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There are so, so many problems with this video:
- Jeffress takes a victory lap because 80% of Americans claim to believe in God. He says anyone who does not believe in God is a moron. As long as Rev. Jeffress is throwing around Bible verses, perhaps he should consider Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. ” How does he reconcile this verse with his triumphant running-of-the mouth about a Pew poll that says 80% of Americans believe in God?
- If Robert Jeffress is a minister of the Gospel, why does he condemn Democrats and others on the “Left” who do not believe in God by attacking them with such provocative and angry rhetoric? Is this helping him reach the lost souls he claims to care so much about? His choice to take a pay check from Fox News and serve as the conservative network’s evangelical culture warrior seems counterproductive to his calling a soul-winner.
- Jeffress continues to make the claim that the United States was founded and continues to be a Christian nation. He is wrong. I address these claims in both Was America Founded as a Christian Nation: A Historical Introduction and Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump. In Believe Me, I engage Jeffress directly. Much of his understanding of American history comes from political activist David Barton.
- Lou Dobbs’s decision to talk to Jeffress about sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic church is thick with irony. Dobbs is talking to the pastor of one of the largest Southern Baptist churches in the United States. He does not seem to realize that the Southern Baptist Convention is plagued with sexual abuse scandals right now. Jeffress has said nothing to condemn the sexual abuse scandals in his denomination and he says nothing about them in this interview. Shame on him!
- Finally, for a a nuanced view on late-term abortions, see Michael Wear‘s recent piece in The Atlantic.