Finding enemies of the United States is not a hard feat. In fact, it seems many have congregated around and within President Donald Trump’s administration. Patriotism only works when one has the competency to figure out what is and what is not good for the country, when in a leadership role.
Unfortunately and sadly not unsurprisingly, the so-called Christians in his evangelical advisory board are not exceptions. One controversial right-wing pastor on the board has just issued a statement on North Korea and a potential nuclear war that will literally make your skin crawl.
You’ve got to read this to believe it:
‘In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un. ‘
From the religion that brings us “Thou shalt not kill,” somehow comes “go ahead and coldly murder, however, thousands of North Koreans, who have already suffered tremendously, to topple a dictatorship.”
Makes perfect sense. Worse, he claimed that he is genuinely happy about this possibility, writing:
‘I’m heartened to see that our president ― contrary to what we’ve seen with past administrations who have taken, at best, a sheepish stance toward dictators and oppressors ― will not tolerate any threat against the American people.’
‘When @POTUS draws a red line, he will not erase, move, or back away from it. Thank God for pres. who is serious [about] protecting our country.’
When @POTUS draws a red line, he will not erase, move, or back away from it. Thank God for pres. who is serious ab. protecting our country.
— Dr. Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) August 8, 2017
Except when he has American taxpayers pay for the Mexico/U.S. border wall, right Jeffress?
In terms of how to rationalize his disturbing perspective, Robert Jeffress claims that there is an obscure passage in Romans allowing governments to use whatever means necessary to stop evil. Interestingly, he doesn’t seem to have any understanding that nuking North Korea would be evil in and of itself — the end doesn’t justify the means, so to speak.
These comments come forward at an extremely heated time between the two nations. Pyongyang identified that they were genuinely considering an attack on the United States Guam military facility and that the intention of their entire nuclear program is to be able to hit the United States. President Trump for his part decided to escalate the rising conflict by sharing leaked confidential information on Twitter and threatening Kim Jong-Un that the U.S. would bring “fire and fury [against them] like the world has never seen.”
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