Robert Jeffress: Our Man in Jerusalem

Let’s take a break from sanity today, and look at some of Robert Jeffress’s greatest hits.

Jeffress is, you may know, the pastor of a Southern Baptist Mega-Church in Dallas; and through the years he has expounded on topics far and wide, and done so in ways that would embarrass most administrations. Not the current one, of course, and so when the controversial opening of the new American Embassy in Jerusalem was filling out its speakers list, Jeffress was a natural—what with Stalin, Pol Pot, and Idi Amin no longer with us. (Did Assad turn it down?)

Jeffress speaks for one of the many fringe elements in American society that have acquired a corruption of credibility with the coming of Trump. White supremacists, Klansmen, nativists—all have found a new freedom of expression. But for Jeffress, hiding behind religion lends him credibility that many others lack.

Even so, he has always been a controversial figure; and I wondered which of his many public statements finally led the Trump team to say “He’s our man!”

Was it this one?

“Islam is wrong. It is a heresy from the pit of hell. Mormonism is wrong. It is a heresy from the pit of hell.”

Not very imaginative. Was it this?

Judaism — you can’t be saved being a Jew. You know who said that, by the way? The three greatest Jews in the New Testament: Peter, Paul and Jesus Christ. They all said Judaism won’t do it. It’s faith in Jesus Christ.”

That’s better. At least he quotes sources, though it’s mostly secondhand information (unless Jeffress is really really old). Even worse, when most of us hear Peter and Paul together, we think of Mounds. So maybe this one tipped the scales:

There are a disproportionate amount of assaults against children by homosexuals than by heterosexuals, you can’t deny that. And the reason is very clear: homosexuality is perverse.

Actually I can deny that, and so can law enforcement, so I hold with this as the statement that settled the matter:

I am not saying that President Obama is the Antichrist… But what I am saying is this: the course he is choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.

That’s it: the perfect combination of dissing the devil and Obama all at once. The Trumpian quinella.

Thank you Robert Jeffress for portraying America like the ignorant bastion of racism and bigotry that it’s becoming

ps: In case the rest of you were unable to attend, hobnob with Jared and Ivanka, and get a commemorative program, you should know that the closing prayer was delivered by Pastor Robert Hagee. You may remember him as the “luminary” who called Hurricane Katrina the “judgment of God against the city of New Orleans,” mainly because there was to be a a homosexual parade there on the Monday that Katrina came.” So far, incredibly, no major meteorological services have sought his services.


2 Replies to “Robert Jeffress: Our Man in Jerusalem”

  1. Didn’t vote for Trump; horrified by the damage Jeffress has done to the cause of Christ by trading his credibility for influence and power. But really. Pol Pot? Stallin? I know you are trying to be cute but you don’t advance the conversation in any constructive way. As far as the content of what he was saying, we can only refer to Jesus himself who said “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” While I disagree with the way Jeffress obnoxiously states truth I have to acknowledge that it IS truth. Your argument is with Jesus Christ himself.

    1. Thank you for commenting. I get very little negative feedback and it forces me to go back and examine what I have said. Always good to do.

      First off, I generally dismiss out of hand anyone who quotes the Bible for his own purposes. That book is a little too malleable for me—a little too susceptible to bizarre interpretations and eccentric understandings. But we’ll let that go, and I won’t bore you with citations from the same book that indicate how God’s love extends to all, including Mormons and Jews. As for your claim that you did not vote for Trump, I can only take that at face value. Neither did I, but your approach to “the others” (Mexicans, Muslims, immigrants in general) more closely approximates his (and Stalin’s and Pol Pot’s) than mine does.

      I was not trying to be “cute” when I cited Stallin(sic) and Pol Pot. I don’t blog to be cute, though sometimes I try to be funny. This was not one of those times. Instead, I was pointing out the kind of bigotry and ignorance that lead to persecution, that engender pogroms, that authorize ethnic cleansing. Jeffress probably has no concrete plans to exterminate a religious or ethnic group, so he’s better than Hitler. (Yay! Better than Hitler—yes, trying to be funny.) But the philosophy is the same, and Jeffress is nothing but a bigot disguised as an evangelical fund-raiser. Worse, he’s an affront to all true evangelicals who accepts their role as a positive force in the universe and who do so in small and devout congregations as far from mega-churches as my beliefs may be from yours.

      Finally (if you’re still there) Jesus Christ, with whom you say I have an argument, is probably a little put out with you today. I’d touch base with him—see what he has to say about loving one’s neighbor, regardless of…well, regardless. He might beg to differ with the “truths” you attribute to Jeffress. He might even have a word or two to say about that obnoxiousness to which you refer: Jesus had a way of cutting through the dross and getting to the heart of the matter…probably better than I do.

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