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.

 

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Chuck Radda

I'm a former high school English teacher, currently a literacy volunteer and novelist. I invite your responses right here or to chuckradda@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Facebook and on Twitter—where I tweet annually at @chuckrad45.

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