President Donald Trump’s allies, from politicians to evangelical pastors to media figures, have bent over backwards attempting to justify his cruel decision to remove legal protections for nearly 800,000 “Dreamers” through rescinding DACA.
One of Trump’s top evangelical backers just took this effort to a new level when he claimed that ending DACA is the right thing to do because “God is not an open borders guy.”
Robert Jeffress runs a megachurch in Texas and also serves as a contributor to Fox News. He has been effusive in his praise of Trump, and has helped provide him cover with the evangelical Christian community on numerous occasions. Jeffress appeared on Fox News’ Fox & Friends and agreed in a lukewarm way with other evangelical pastors who urged the president to consider “Christian compassion” when he makes decisions about immigration policies. However, Jeffress stated that “Christian compassion” does not mean that we should grant amnesty or have open borders. Said Robert, “I mean, Jesus said we’re to love our neighbors as ourselves and that our neighbors are not just people like us, but people different than us. But while Christian compassion is one consideration, it’s not the only consideration in the immigration problem. I mean, the Bible also says that God is the one who established nations and its borders.”
Continued Jeffress, speaking on God’s behalf, “God is not necessarily an open borders guy, as a lot of people would think that he is. And thirdly, the Bible says God has ordained government to protect its citizens. So when you are talking about a Biblical solution to immigration, yes, we need to talk about compassion, but we need to balance that with government’s real responsibility to protect its citizens.” Robert chided the other pastors and said they made a mistake to “lean on the side of compassion and [they] don’t balance it like it should.” He added, “I think these leaders and the Pope are sincere, but they’re sincerely confused about the difference between the church and government. And so I think we need to keep those roles distinct.” Do you think this pastor should rethink his use of Christian beliefs to defend bigotry? Watch his full comments below: