Pro-Trump Pastor Says Democrats Who Want To End Poverty Worship ‘An Imaginary Jesus’
Religious conservatives like Pastor Robert Jeffress usually try to tar Democrats as being skeptics, as not believing in Christ’s teachings. Evangelists like Pat Robertson, E.W. Jackson, and Jeffress spread misinformation and vile lies that portray Democrats as destroyers of the faith. Jeffress has even gone so far as to claim last June that if a Democrat won the 2020 Presidential election, guill*tines would appear.
Somehow, no one is seeing any guill*tines around Washington, D.C., now that Joe Biden has been president for four months. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
But that’s Jeffress for you. His is not a loving God. This is a man who is notoriously anti-LGBTQ, to the point of confiscating LGBTQ-themed library books and refusing to return them.
A study conducted in February 2020 by the Pew Research Center, found that most Americans didn’t believe that the Democratic candidates running at the time were particularly religious, Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta reports. And the fact is, all of the candidates, including Bernie Sanders, are religious.
Mehta notes “that while Pew gave only numbers, it’s easy to speculate on why so many Americans are misinformed.” It’s possible, he noted, that folks weren’t paying attention to the election yet. Or perhaps it’s because they “hear the candidates talk about policies a lot more than they talk about meaningless tripe about how much they love God.
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But let me tell you, Jeffress talks a lot of tripe. He has a long history of anti-Semitism, but that didn’t prevent former President Donald Trump from inviting him to a Hanukkah reception at the White House in 2019. This sort of behavior from Trump isn’t surprising, and Jeffress has said things like:
“Judaism — you can’t be saved being a Jew.”
It’s anyone’s guess how he arrived at this nonsense, but he’s claimed even worse things, and in a 2009 sermon had this to say:
“Not only do religions like Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, not only do they lead people away from the true God, they lead people to an eternity of separation from God in hell. You know, Jesus was very clear. Hell is going to be filled with good religious people who have rejected the truth of Christ.”
So it follows that Jeffress, who unquestioningly supports GOP cruelty and ignorance, insists Democrats aren’t real believers because only his conservative beliefs have been approved by Jesus. In an appearance on Fox Business last year he claimed:
“…A couple of the candidates could spout off some Bible verses [during the recent debate], but in their answers, they all demonstrated they’re on the wrong side of just about every faith issue, whether it’s school choice, religious freedom, Israel, and certainly the ab*rtion issue…”
That led Mehta to note:
“Jeffress says that with all the arrogance we’ve come to expect from white evangelicals. Their faith and their political positions are the only acceptable ones. Everyone else (even among Christians) is either hell-bound or a traitor to God.”
Mehta further notes:
“Apparently believing in the divinity of Christian isn’t enough to be a True Christian. You have to force women to give birth against their will. You have to hate LGBTQ people. You must support U.S. foreign policy in Israel. You must be willing to sabotage public schools.”
“It’s what Jesus wanted,” Mehta writes with a note of irony.
According to Jeffress, if you think Jesus was a socialist, guess again:
“…A lot of people want to argue that Jesus was a socialist. They’re worshipping an imaginary Jesus, not the Jesus of the Bible. I mean, Jesus did say we ought to care for the poor, yes we should, but He also said, ‘The poor, you will have with you always.’ You don’t hear that quoted very much. There’s a better way than socialism… to care for the truly needy.”
So Jeffress believes in a likely fictitious God, but claims Democrats worship an imaginary Jesus because they wish to help poor people. Meanwhile, there’s an army of Jeffress-Jesus believers among Republicans who believe they now have permission to be selfish, to care only about themselves and their families, and to hoard their precious wealth.
Because, according to these people, that’s what Jesus would do.
Here’s a clip of Jeffress in action, below.