On Tuesday night, I wrote about Albert Mohler’s new book. Today it is Robert Jeffress’s turn. I saw that the first five chapters of his new book Praying for America were available for free download and I was going to try to carve out some time to read and comment on them. But Peter Montgomery at Right Wing Watch beat me to the punch. Here is his recent piece:
Chapter 5, the last of the free chapters released as a teaser for the book, is entitled “For National Unity.” Jeffress cites the 1969 moon landing as an event that unified the county even in the wake of the assassinations and social chaos of 1968. The chapter encourages people to pray for greater unity among Christians and in “our divided nation.”
“Ask God to silence those who strive to spread division and hatred and to bring any slanders in the media to repentance,” Jeffress writes. Well, what about the slanderer in the Oval Office, who spent part of Memorial Day weekend charging a journalist he hates with having committed murder, against all evidence to the contrary? Has Jeffress called Trump to repentance for the way his campaign and administration spread division and hatred?
Jeffress also encourages people to “engage in civil discourse with those with whom we disagree.” Now, “civil discourse” doesn’t exactly bring to mind Trump’s sneering contempt for his critics or Trump spiritual adviser Paula White denouncing his political opponents as demonic and anti-God. And it certainly doesn’t seem to apply to Jeffress’s own actions as a Trump surrogate in the media, where he has mocked Nancy Pelosi’s faith, warned that the left is just waiting to regain political power to wage “intensive” attacks against the Church, and railed against Democratic leaders, saying, “Apparently the god they worship is the pagan god of the Old Testament, Moloch, who allowed for child sacrifice … I think the god they are worshiping is the god of their own imagination.”
Read the entire piece here.
It looks like there is a lot of history, or at least references to the American past, in the book. For example, chapter 1 begins with the John Adams 1798 call for a day of prayer and fasting as the United States was on the brink of war with France. “By God’s mercy,” Jeffress writes ,”war with France was avoided, and America thrived. Well, not really. America fought an undeclared naval war with France between July 1798 and September 1800. You can read about it here. In the same year, Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts into law. It is worth remembering that the Sedition Act limited free speech and made it illegal to criticize the government of the United States. I guess this was also a result of Adams’s day of prayer.