We live in very strange times. Watch this interview between Lou Dobbs and court evangelical Robert Jeffress:
It’s hard to know where to begin. Jeffress says: “liberals know that conservative Christians are the last speed bump to the Godless, immoral, society liberals dream of.” He then praises Donald Trump for defending the rights of evangelical Christians.
As I have written about several times this past week, Donald Trump is the man who has brought pornography and his sexual escapades into the mainstream of public life. Millions of people will tune in tomorrow night to watch Anderson Cooper interview Stormy Daniels on 60 Minutes. Also, our kids are exposed to discussions of a Playboy playmate talking about having unprotected sex with the man who would become the President of the United States. At our current moment it is people like Jeffress and the evangelicals who helped Trump get elected who seem to have set the stage for a “Godless, immoral, society.”
Lou Dobbs then says that Trump “spoke-up and he spoke-up alone” for Christians during the campaign. Whatever you think about the idea that evangelicals are being persecuted in our country today, Dobbs’s comment is a flat out lie. Nearly every GOP candidate–Cruz, Rubio, Carson, Santorum, Walker, Jindall, Fiorina, Kasich–believed that Christianity was under attack. Yet evangelicals chose Trump. (I try to explain why in Chapter 1 of Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump).
After Dobbs dismisses the “March for Our Lives” going on today in major U.S. cities, Jeffress says “we can’t rely on legislation alone to deal with guns. It’s a heart issue.” So let me get this straight–we should rely on the legislation and the President of the United States to deal with religious liberty, abortion, gay marriage and [add your favorite Christian Right social issue here], but on guns “it’s a heart issue.”
Jeffress has the audacity to stage his “March for Eternal Life” event on the same weekend as the “March for Our Lives” event. I tweeted about this last night:
Pastor Jeffress, you seem to be oblivious to the fact that the witness you speak of in this tweet has been greatly damaged by your uncritical acceptance of our current president. #courtevangelicals https://t.co/Id5a9AdEIG
— John Fea (@JohnFea1) March 24, 2018
Jeffress’s event also suggests that the “eternal life” concerns of American evangelicals are somehow disconnected from the pro-life issues taking place today during the March for Our Lives rallies. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying here that marching for gun rights will save us (I am an evangelical, after all), but I am saying that evangelicals, if they are pro-life and believe in human dignity, must be advocates for gun control in some form.
During the interview Dobbs says “How low have we fallen.”