Donald Trump has never been a religious man, that is until he decided to seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election. Faithful conviction did not direct his life before his entry into the political spotlight. Now he claims to rely on the counsel of several evangelical Christian leaders.
President Trump has an evangelical advisory board, made up of conservative evangelical pastors. Robert Jeffress is the head of the First Baptist Dallas, a mega church and Jeffress sits on the President’s evangelical advisory board.
Jeffress announced his scriptural justification for the President’s hard line threats against North Korea Tuesday. Jeffress said “In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un. 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 to the American people.”
Jeffress also took to Twitter in his defense of the President,
Jeffress’ Biblical Justification
After President Trump had threatened to rain down “fire and fury” on the North Koreans, Jeffress justified his support for the President’s action citing scripture. He explained that, to his understanding, the more pacifist teachings of Jesus in the New Testament do not instruct governments. Instead, governments are “established by God” and are “agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.”
Jeffress further explained that the scripture, taken from Romans 13, “that gives the government the authority to do whatever, whether it’s assassination, capital punishment or evil punishment, to quell the actions of evildoers like Kim Jong Un.”
Incidentally, Romans 13 also says “love does no harm to a neighbor.” Jeffress left out this important verse which would address the concern for innocent lives that might be lost if the President makes good on his threats.