Pastor Jeffress: Jesus Wasn't a Law-Breaking Hippie, Condemns Fellow Churches

I normally make an effort to go out of my way to avoid any news stories coming out of FOX news. I also do what I can to not bother responding to any discussion panels either. There is one draw that will get my attention, and keep it, in a FOX news article. Pastors, politics, and biblical scripture. The discussion in question today had all three, and I just need to totally go there.

I imagine there are a number of people who draw a complete blank stare when the name Pastor Robert Jeffress is said aloud. He runs a mega church out in Dallas, that is currently 11,000+ members strong, and he has his program Pathway to Victory on hundreds of channels nationwide, and I think broadcast in at least twenty-five countries.

The dude is big news, which explains why FOX loves him so much and has him on pretty often as a contributor. So, when he started shooting off his mouth about how Jesus wouldn’t necessarily be offering shelter to illegal immigrants, and that the real Christian™ thing to do would be to follow government instituted immigration law, lock up our border, and protect our families (he didn’t say specifically from what), I opted to burn a few brain cells and listen.

The initial question presented by the host in the segment was whether churches were obligated to turn over all illegal immigrants that show up at their doorsteps, or are churches really a safe haven for all.

The host asks Jeffress straight up if he intends to immediately call ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), and like any useless contributor on FOX would predictably do, Jeffress avoids answering the question, going into quite the tirade against liberal churches instead.

“We’re not going to check the immigration status of everyone that comes to our church, but we’re also not going to harbor illegal immigrants, who are also criminals, like some of these churches are doing….Look a lot of these liberal churches…say they are following the example of Jesus. The only problem is they are following the Jesus of their imagination.”

First of all, if you don’t have background information about the gentleman showing up before your congregation, asking for assistance, how the fuck do you know if they are a criminal or not? You are going to either have to call ICE and verify their background, or go on…uh…faith..that he isn’t a psycho about to butcher someone in their sleep.

What is pathetic is that he isn’t arguing about finding a way to better offer assistance to illegals without jeopardizing safety, he is literally using the topic as a bully pulpit to push his own ministry’s brand of faith, repeatedly using the word liberal to describe differing church views. But, I digress.

Of course, he makes an appeal to Jebus. Jebus of the Bible wasn’t a “wimpy guy”. Jebus said to give Caesar what is Caesar’s, which according to Jeffress, means obey the government. Naturally, he also speaks on behalf of Jebus too, making it clear that his bearded savior was very concerned about the brutal burning death of a three-year.... Read the rest here at my blog The Bluegrass Skeptic

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Comment by Gerald Payne on July 22, 2015 at 3:44pm

If Jesus was an historical figure then he was no more than a charismatic tramp, who never throughout his biographical existence did one days work. If a qualified carpenter led the same lifestyle today the religious right would classify him as a unwanted burden on society.

Comment by Bluegrass Skeptic on July 22, 2015 at 2:10pm

That's my dilemma with the whole knowing who thy needy alien requirement is that Jeffress is putting forward. You can't know, even if they were legally here. He needs to get off his fucking high horse. His version of belief is as full of bullshit as the rest.

Comment by Michael Penn on July 21, 2015 at 7:35pm

My entire life I have heard about Jebus saying to "pay your taxes and be a good boy" which is what people today think he said when he told them "give onto god that which is god's and give onto Caesar that which is Caesar's." The problem with this is that no Jew of that time thought Caesar had a rightful claim to anything. Now, what did Jebus really say?

On into immagration, how is Jeffress or anyone else going to know anything about the status of any person. ICE doesn't just dole that information out. An employer can call a special number for immagration status, but most do not feel it is "their responsibility." (If the alien turns out to be illegal it will be if they employed them.)

Many people think that aliens must carry "their papers" on them. What papers? Even if you have a green card Homeland Security says to not carry this on you and keep it in a special envelope that they give you. Local law enforcement has no "hot number" to call about a person's status.

What identification does the alien carry then? Usually the same things we do, - driver's license, bank cards, etc. Nobody carries a birth certificate, a green card, or a "status card" of any kind. One reason might be that ALL of it can be faked so the greater concern is whether a person has broken the law or not. Illegal immigration is breaking the law, but the crime is not covered in any way by Billy Bob or state police. They know nothing. It all falls under Homeland Security now.

Comment by Bluegrass Skeptic on July 21, 2015 at 7:00am

I gotta say, the opposing pastor in the debate (if you want to call it that), pretty much summed it up the way you do Loren. It was refreshing to see that.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 21, 2015 at 6:44am

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
-- Matthew 25:40

Remember THAT one, Bobby?  It don't sound like it!

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