Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, TX, and a Trump apologist, has declared that Christians who do not vote for Donald Trump are “fools.” Jeffress, in defending this view, seemingly suggests he believes Satan was actually a Christian.
Jeffress, who as decided to take on the #NeverTrump campaign I helped start, declared, “It is absolutely foolish to do anything that would allow Hillary Clinton to become the next President of the United States … at least Donald Trump has voiced a belief in a pro-life movement, he has at least talked about religious liberty as he did last Friday, you don’t hear either things coming from the lips of Hillary Clinton.”
Yes, it is true that Donald Trump has talked about these things. But Trump has also defended late term abortion, declared himself pro-abortion, and said repeatedly this campaign season he has never had to ask God for forgiveness, a foundational belief of Christianity. Trump has also endorsed war crimes, the eradication of families, and torture within the last week.
In Matthew 4, Satan tempts Jesus and does so by quoting scripture. Satan, if given the opportunity, would no doubt have said “Second Corinthians” instead of “Two Corinthians,” but nonetheless actually quotes scripture to Jesus. Praise be! Satan must be a Christian based on Robert Jeffress’s argument because he quoted scripture.
In Matthew 8, demons had possessed a man and when Jesus encountered them, they called him “Son of God.” Praise be! Based on Robert Jeffress’s argument these demons must be Christians because they acknowledged Jesus as the son of God.
In fact, Robert Jeffress has mixed his politics and religion too deeply. Like Satan taking scripture out of context to tempt Jesus, Jeffress has taken his own purported faith out of context to support the idol of flag waving Jesus with Donald Trump.
Jeffress, with his presence in the Trump campaign, attests to Trump’s faithfulness to scripture where Trump does not truly show the fruits of the spirit. More so, Jeffress is refusing to voice what every Christian should acknowledge — when a person claims, in his own words, to be a “great Christians,” but says on multiple occasions that he has never sought forgiveness from the Lord, that person is explicitly not acting like a Christian. Jesus calls us all to repent (Matthew 4:17) and the Bible is absolutely crystal clear that when one declares oneself a “great Christian” and “is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler” we are to shun him. (1 Cor. 5:11).
Jeffress, instead, is wrapping his arms around a self-declared unrepentant “great Christian” and trying to turn scripture on people of faith in the same way Satan did while tempting Christ. He is trying to say the faith of the man is not the only thing Christians should look at when determining whether to support Trump, while giving cover to Trump’s lack of faith.
This is what happens when preachers worship idols — the flag waving, Apple pie eating Jesus may exist from Robert Jeffress’s pulpit, but does not exist in the Bible. Interestingly enough, it appears lay Christians understand this better than Jeffress. The exit polling data shows that the more a person goes to church, the less likely a person is to vote for Trump. Unlike Jeffress, these regular church goer understand they are not to “give approval to those who practice” (Rom 1:32) Trump’s well known and well documented behaviors.