Here is court evangelical Robert Jeffress talking to Fox Business News host Lou Dobbs:
1. Jeffress should be careful about suggesting First Baptist Dallas, a bastion of segregation for most of its history, has never changed a message that he claims is built on “the eternal truth of God’s word.” Those “six blocks” in Dallas were built on a mixed legacy. It is a history and legacy that Jeffress and his congregation have yet to address.
2. Jeffress also better be careful when he says that it is only liberal churches that accommodate to American culture. Jeffress holds an annual Sunday morning 4th of July celebration in his church and has proven over and over again that the Republican Party holds him captive.
3. Jeffress suggests that the Bible teaches three things: opposition to abortion, religious liberty, and the support of Israel. Jeffress knows it is politically expedient in the frenzy of a Fox News interview to boil public Christianity down to these three things. Since Pete Buttigieg supports “none of these things,” Jeffress says, he should not be referencing the Bible in public.
Last night I picked-up my Bible, randomly turned to the first two chapters of the New Testament book of James, and started reading. These chapters focus on a few central themes: growing in faith amid religious persecution, the guarding of the tongue, the condemnation of the rich, and the importance of good works as markers of a true Christian faith. What if these things informed an evangelical public and political theology?