Nice of First Baptist Church in Dallas to post this video on its YouTube channel so I could easily find it.
How easy might it be for this evangelical leader make comments supportive of the policies he agrees with while taking an occasional critical stance against actions inconsistent with his Christian beliefs or national interests. With Robert Jeffress, it’s all or nothing with presidential support. No nuanced views allowed! How sad that his legacy and the reputation of First Baptist Church in Dallas will be eternally associated with President Donald Trump.
Jeffress referenced Daniel 11:32 in his interview, always a nice touch when making political points. I read chapter 11 in an attempt to get the context. Seems that what he referenced as “taking action and calling your representatives” might better be understood as showing prowess, and performing “illustrious deeds in battle.” Maybe his reading of Daniel worked on his subconscious and came out in his comment about “civil war-like fracture.”
Last February, this Christian leader made the following statement. “Let me say this as charitably as I can. These ‘Never Trump’ evangelicals are morons. They are absolutely spineless morons, and they cannot admit that they were wrong.”
Well, you got me there, Dr. Jeffress. Guess I’m guilty of being one of the spineless morons of whom you speak, though I regularly admit to being wrong about things. I understand how people’s discontent with government would lead them to vote for Trump if they agreed with his policies. When he won the election, I hoped he would surround himself with “the best people” and listen to their advice. I was wrong.
Sadly, the words of Robert Jeffress play into the stereotypical notion that evangelicals are generally angry folks. Why are you so angry, Dr. Jeffress? ~Kindly
Update on December 22: Dr. Jeffress and many other pastors make my point again with their letter of protest against Christianity Today Magazine when their editor, Mark Galli, was critical of the president and made a statement supportive of impeachment. The message from evangelicals is clear. Don’t take a nuanced stance on our president. It’s all or nothing.