Court Evangelical Robert Jeffress is Bad for America

Jeffress SWBTS

Jeffress is more concerned with his theocratic agenda–an approach to American culture driven by fear, the raw pursuit of power, and a nostalgic longing for an age that is long gone or may never have existed in the first place–than he is the good of the nation.  He is a cancer spreading over our democracy.

Why else would he describe the Kavanaugh nomination as an example of “good” triumphing over “evil?”  In Jeffress’s world view, “evil” is the product of Satan and his minions.  The Dallas pastor has no interest in finding common ground.  He only wants to demonize his opponents and divide the country.  This is what culture warriors do.  They claim to be patriots, but they are not.

8 thoughts on “Court Evangelical Robert Jeffress is Bad for America

  1. Technically, I think they’re going for a theonomy rather than a theocracy. Either would certainly fly in the face of the American experiment in liberal representative democracy set in place by the founders, framers, ratifiers and subsequent generations of supporters of the U.S. Constitution and both would be an authoritarian form of governance with severe limitations on the right-of-conscience (freedom of religion and expression) of excluded citizens.

    WIKI: “Theocracy is a form of government in which a deity, or religious institution, is the source from which all authority derives. The Oxford English Dictionary has this definition:
    “1. a system of government in which priests rule in the name of God or a god.
    “1.1. the commonwealth of Israel from the time of Moses until the election of Saul as King.”

    WIKI: “Theonomy, from theos (god) and nomos (law), is a hypothetical Christian form of government in which society is ruled by divine law. Theonomists hold that divine law, including the judicial laws of the Old Testament, should be observed by modern societies. “

    See Reconstructionism.


  2. John,
    I respectfully think you are reading too much into Pastor Jeffress’ comments. According to the link you furnished, he mentioned no Kavanaugh opponents by name. Without having heard all of his remarks in context, it is my guess that he was speaking of “evil” in the sense of bearing false witness and character assasination of the worst sort. After all, a distinguished jurist was linked with gang rape, sexual assault, and wanton alcohol abuse. And, oh yes, he threw ice cubes at a friend while he was in college.
    I don’t regularly listen to Pastor Jeffress’ radio broadcast, but in my limited listening I have never heard him offer unsubstantiated attacks on any current public figures. In fact, I have never heard him even mention any of his opponents by name or in a more cloaked manner.
    It is interesting that Sheridan, the first respondent to your posting, suggests that the pastor is a demagogue. I wonder if Sheridan has ever made similar remarks about the Reverend Jackson, the Reverend Sharpton, Father Pfleger of Chicago, or the nameless liberal mainline clerics who appear regularly in Washington protests with their hyperbolic language and signage. While I am in this progressive ecclesiastical area, we shouldn’t forget the highly partisan and, in my opinion, demagogic “prayer” given by Hillary’s pastor, the Reverend Shillady, at the close of the 2016 Democrat Convention. This self-confessed plagiarist appeared to me to be addressing the crowd rather than God. It was a speech more than a prayer, and I’d like to get Sheridan’s reflections on it. Does something like this border on sacrilege?


  3. God has always been a convenient tool for religious demagogues to use in order to further their own personal/political agendas.


  4. John: I am no fan of Jeffress, but I will ask again, because you seem unwilling to address this point directly: were the tactics adopted by the D’s in opposing Kavanaugh — that is: publicly smearing him as a gang rapist — at all troubling to you? Would you object to someone characterizing that type of cynical character assassination for political ends as evil? If not, why not?


  5. Hand in hand with this was Franklin Graham’s celebratory tweet that God had overruled and thus Kavanaugh was confirmed. My response: I am not sure why, when an administration and party makes a strategic political decision, that is characterized as “God overruled.” Yes, God is sovereign, but this was not raising Lazarus from the dead or turning water into wine. This was a decision by men.

    I am really, really, really getting tired of politicians making decisions and setting policies, and then these so-called “evangelical leaders” proclaiming this was the hand of God miraculously enacting His will. (And, as you point out in your Jeffress comments, also proclaiming the corollary, that anybody who disagrees even one iota with the current administration is nothing but a tool of Satan.) And I am getting really, really, really frustrated by the rank-and-file believers who blindly follow what they say and buy into this. God help us.

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