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Look, I do not know how to make this any clearer: Your degree is not in science but in theology! Your calling when you were ordained was NOT to be on Fox News extolling the virtues of a man who has been thrice married, an admitted sexual predator, and one who had sex with a porn star only to have his campaign guy – Michael Cohen – cover up said affair with hush money. Yes, this happened, whether you wish to grant the man a “mulligan” or not. By the way, could any of you conservative evangelicals point me to one single verse of the Bible where a man – or group of them – can grant a “mulligan” for having an extramarital affair? No! You can’t!
But your behavior of late is really quite disturbing, ya know where you bashed – bullied – the little girl named Greta Thunberg – a girl who has Aspergers and is on the autism spectrum – only to tell her to focus on other things which are not imaginary? Yeah, that girl. The girl who moved the entire United Nations to applause due to her speech talking about climate change and the inherent danger we are placing our future generation at, but you somehow as a supposed man of the cloth can find it in your heart to TELL Greta what is or isn’t real or imaginary? Let me ask: Do you have the science to back up what you are saying in public? No!
Yet, you use the pathetic excuse that Greta should not be worried because “God promised not to destroy the earth by water again,” and she should just go “look at a rainbow” for her reassurance. Do tell us please: Whenever did YOU become the arbiter of what a little girl can feel is a threat to her?
At least, try to look like a pastor and have a bit of empathy for the girl, wouldn’t you say? What’s that? I couldn’t hear you because you have your head so far up the ideological partisanship in this country – namely Mr. Trump’s rear end – that we cannot hear you anymore.
You, sir, have lost any credibility you may have had for those you believe your task to lead to Christ. Because you want to know something? That girl spoke from HER HEART! Not only did she speak from her heart, she lives what she believes, unlike well you get the point. Because of her concern over the climate contribution of mankind she took a sail boat from her country to the United States. And while you may lay claim to doing the same, she speaks with a purity of heart as she is not married to ANY ideology, but simply is sharing what is of concern to her.
In her words, “How DARE you?”
Why not focus on preaching to yourself and those you lead, while educating them how you have been misleading them all of these years because deep down you realize you will never be the person you have wanted to be. Oh sure, you get on Fox News every now and then, or Todd Starnes as is the case here, but in the end you will NEVER have the impact you could have had on those Jesus said He wanted YOU and I to give the good news to, because you have been too focused on politics. Yes! I have looked the scriptures over repetitively for any verse telling us we are to win votes. Oh, wait, I do have one verse which applies.
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.”
You see, Dr. Jeffries: In order to save lives we must live righteous lives; not hypocritical ones adopting positions which counter God’s Word. Why? Because THAT is called hypocrisy!
And instead of cherry-picking the Word which we all as pastors were instructed is powerful for “reproof, correction and doctrine that the man of God may reach maturity” why not take into consideration one text you seem to have missed while talking to Todd Starnes?
Furthermore, instead of just saying “God created the universe for us; not for us to serve the environment,” could you, oh I don’t know preach the entirety of scripture? You know where I Peter 4:10 states:
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”
It’s called stewardship Dr. Jeffress, and while it may shock you that preachers need to preach beyond money being given the church as a legitimate stewardship topic, if what you said to Starnes is true, that is that the world was created for us, then we have a responsibility to take care of it. You know, like your pulpit.
You know, Numbers 35:33? Oh, wait, THAT verse just doesn’t fit into your ideology so here’s what I will do for you: I will give the verse since I am certain you have neglected to open that portion of your Bible, or you simply do not care.
Either way: Quit bullying a little girl! I am quite certain Jesus Himself would approve of that message.,
“‘Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land, and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it.” (Numbers 35:33).
Or, is there is a little hole where you cut these verses out of your Bible, Sir?
Look, I suspect you don’t like what I have said this morning Dr. Jeffress, and I reach that conclusion due to the manner in which your followers have treated me when I have posted on your Wall previously. They have called me “immoral,” “Satan,” and even a “Communist.” But your issue is not with me Sir. It is with the very message and words you tell others to live by but ignore when it servers your political purposes.
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