According to Heather Sells’s article at Christian Broadcast Network News, court evangelicals Tony Suarez, Jentezen Franklin, Bishop Harry Jackson, and Johnnie Moore are patting themselves on the back for speaking “truth to power.”
It seems the court evangelicals believe that they were influential in convincing Trump to wait for six months before he deports 800,000 children of immigrants who came into the United States illegally. It seems the court evangelicals are optimistic that Congress will get its act together and pass legislation that protects the DACA recipients.
Here is a taste of Sells’s piece:
Evangelicals on the President’s informal faith advisory board believe their access to the White House made a difference in protecting young immigrants from an immediate end to what’s known as the DACA program.
Rev. Tony Suarez, executive vice president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), told CBN News Tuesday, “I feel like our work on the faith advisory council is vindicated today…this is precisely why we joined way back in the campaign last year because we felt if we had access to this office, if we had access to this man we needed to speak truth to power, believing that at some point God would touch, God would convict and there would be compassion for children.”
Members of the president’s faith advisory council met with him and White House officials on Friday and discussed DACA as well as other political priorities. Council member Bishop Harry Jackson attended and told CBN News he thinks the board helped to make a difference for Dreamers–as those in the DACA program are often known. “The evangelical church had the president’s ear,” he said calling the six month extension “an extreme act of mercy.”
I understand the argument, but is this really speaking truth to power? Are these court evangelicals really patting themselves on the back for placing nearly 1 million Americans in a state of constant anxiety about their future? Will the DACA recipients be gone in six months–deported to the countries of their birth? (The video below suggests that the Department of Justice has already told them to start packing). Will they get a reprieve from Congress? Is Trump so wed to his anti-immigration/law and order base that he is incapable of showing empathy for these people? And then, to top it all off, he tweeted last night that he might revisit DACA if Congress does not come through. Is he for DACA or against it? If he will revisit it in 6 months why not revisit it now? Where is the presidential leadership here? Lead, Donald. Please lead!
I don’t know what role the court evangelicals played in this whole situation, but I find it hard to believe that any evangelical would be happy with the results. Once again Barack Obama has driven the court evangelicals off the moral playing field.
Watch this video: