Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who is a helluva guy, committed Dallas to taking in 1,400 refugees from Syria. Almost all of Dallas’ ministers of faith joined hands with the mayor and rejoiced that Dallas could help war-torn people.
However, Rev. Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church of Dallas (and Fox News contributor) wants to keep refugees out of this country. To do that, he had to re-write the Bible.
“Most people assume the Christian response is to allow immigrants and refugees’ unconditional entrance into this country, and I think they think that because they confuse Jesus with the Statue of Liberty — give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses. But in fact the real historical Jesus did urge compassion for those in need, but he also said, ‘Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.’ In other words, support government with your taxes because they have a legitimate function like protecting citizens. Those of us who believe in the sanctity of life believe that sanctity serves to not only to protect the unborn but to protect the born from terrorist attacks. That’s a Christian value as well.”
Notice that seamless joining he made of church and state? And, Syrians don’t get sanctity of life. You know, because they are like … foreign.
I dunno, when Sweet Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, I think he said “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.”
But I guess the big one that stands out is St. Luke’s telling of the parable Jesus spoke especially for Robert Jeffress. The Good Samaritan pretty well says that this preacher man is full of caca del toro.
Jeffress goes on to compare Syrian refugees to Planned Parenthood selling body parts and then semi-endorses Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. You can watch it here.
I think the guy needs to go to Jimmy Carter’s Sunday school.