As someone who’s both a progressive and a Christian, I feel a duty to call out the hypocrisy of the so-called “Christian right” as much as I can. In the past I’ve encouraged other progressive Christians to take more of a stand against those on the right who’ve warped and distorted the faith for far too long. It’s like I’ve told these hypocrites before, nobody is leaving Christianity because of anything progressives are saying or doing. People are leaving Christianity because of the ignorance that’s frequently displayed by so many people on the right.
Ignorance such as that displayed by Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, who recently said he would vote for Donald Trump over Jesus Christ (no, that’s not a joke) because he doesn’t feel that someone like Christ is the type of leader we need.
“You know, I was debating an evangelical professor on NPR, and this professor said, ‘Pastor, don’t you want a candidate who embodies the teaching of Jesus and would govern this country according to the principles found in the Sermon on the Mount?’” Jeffress said. “I said, ‘Heck no.’ I would run from that candidate as far as possible, because the Sermon on the Mount was not given as a governing principle for this nation.”
Again, this is a pastor of a megachurch saying he would vote for Donald Trump and “run from” a candidate like Jesus Christ — just let that sink in for a moment.
He also went on to say that he really doesn’t care how despicable a person is, just as long as they’re “tough.”
“When I’m looking for somebody who’s going to deal with ISIS and exterminate ISIS, I don’t care about that candidate’s tone or vocabulary, I want the meanest, toughest, son of a you-know-what I can find, and I believe that’s biblical,” he added.
To summarize, Pastor Jeffress would “run away” from a presidential candidate like Jesus Christ and doesn’t care if the president is a vulgar, horrible person, or even remotely Christ-like, just as long as they’re “tough.”
Another way to put it is that this “pastor” wouldn’t trust the son of God to be a good leader. Sure, he’ll supposedly devote his life to “Christ,” and view him as his “Lord and savior” — he just wouldn’t trust him to be President of the United States. Though he does trust a pathological liar and adulterer like Donald Trump.
What Jeffress said is so completely and totally preposterous for someone who’s a pastor that I really would love to see Saturday Night Live base an entire sketch just on what he said here. I think it would be absolutely hilarious to see Jesus vs. Trump where some pastor tells his followers that they should support a racist bigot over the person on which their entire faith is based.
Like I’ve said countless times before, you can’t make this garbage up.
Listen to his comments below via Right Wing Watch:
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