Conflicting Views at First Baptist Dallas

Eternal march

If you read my recent piece at The Washington Post, you will remember that I ended it with a few words about court evangelical Robert Jeffress and his so-called “March for Eternal Life.”

The Dallas Morning News has a short piece on the march.  This is the only piece I have found that interviews people, other than Jeffress, who participated in the march.  Here is a taste:

Students at the march agreed that spiritual matters are the most important of their concerns, but were content with the church’s scope of authority.

Skyline High School sophomore Sergio Daniel Ramirez and his family joined First Baptist Dallas four months ago. He says the church has transformed his personal spiritual life as well as his views on gun legislation and religion in schools. He’d support stricter age limits on gun ownership, raised prices for bullets, and more support programs for victims and their families.

More spiritual opportunities in school would also be helpful, he says, but that the school should not promote any one belief. For that, he has his church.

Sergio Daniel Ramirez does not sound anything like Robert Jeffress.

Here is Jeffress discussing religion in schools in a piece at The Hill:

A member of President Trump‘s evangelical advisory board is proposing teaching students the Ten Commandments to help stop gun violence.

Pastor Robert Jeffress — the head of megachurch First Baptist Dallas — during an interview on Fox News criticized a “crusade by secularists to remove any acknowledgment” of God from the public square and the country’s schools.

He said people have put forth the idea “that we can be good without God.”

“Well, that’s been a dismal failure,” Jeffress added.

“I’d remind our viewers that for the first 150 years of our nation’s history, our schoolchildren prayed, they read Scripture in school, they even memorized the Ten Commandments, including the commandment ‘Thou shall not kill.'”

Jeffress said he thinks the country needs to return to teaching the Ten Commandments.“Teaching people, starting with our children, that there is a God to whom they’re accountable is not the only thing we need to do to end gun violence, but it’s the first thing we need to do,” he said.

Yes, there are generational differences in American evangelicalism.

 

One thought on “Conflicting Views at First Baptist Dallas

  1. I would not condone teaching the Ten Commandments in public schools. One might begin, however, with encouraging President Trump to live by those precepts. Jeffress seems not to recognize the obvious disconnect between his unwavering support for the president and what he promotes for society.

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