“Do I Really Need to Introduce This Guy?”

This is how court evangelical Robert Jeffress introduced Sean Hannity today at First Baptist Church in Dallas:

A few thoughts:

  1. Why is Jeffress turning his sanctuary on a Sunday morning over to a Fox News political pundit?  Is this is what is supposed to happen on a Sunday morning in a Christian church?
  2. What does it say about First Baptist Church and American evangelicalism generally that Sean Hannity “needs no introduction?”  I wonder if Tertullian, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Bunyan, Whitefield, Edwards, Wesley, Finney, Moody, Graham, or others would need an introduction in First Baptist?
  3. Jeffress introduces Hannity as “Rachel Maddow’s worst nightmare.”  What does this say about the way First Baptist-Dallas has been co-opted by Fox News-style GOP politics?
  4. Hannity’s understanding of Christian faith, according to Rod Dreher, is little more than moral therapeutic deism.  But hey–at least he has the right politics!
  5. Hannity, a former Catholic seminarian, thinks that the Catholic Church is wrong about the origins of the Christian church. (He offers up the classic Protestant interpretation of Matthew 16:18)   Jeffress, who once said that Satan founded the Roman Catholic Church and the Catholic religion is Babylonian mystery religion, seems pleased as punch with Hannity’s comment.
  6. Hannity says he doesn’t like liberals.  This leads to loud cheers among the heavily-politicized congregation.  Jeffress responds “It’s Hannity country right here.”
  7. Since Hannity came to First Baptist Church-Dallas to promote his new movie, I am guessing he did not charge his usual speaking fee.