“Robert Jeffress, a senior pastor of a Texas megachurch, backed the President and said he has the moral authority to launch an attack on North Korea.
Mr Jeffress is the pastor of the 12,000 member First Baptist Church in Dallas and hosts a television programme that is broadcast on 1,200 channels in the US and 28 other countries.
Mr Jeffress said: “When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil.” (Thomas Hunt -Daily and Sunday Express)
As per usual the evangelicals have gotten on the war bandwagon. But this is a far more serious issue than usual. Trump has previously been documented as having asked about why he couldn’t nuke other countries, and he has already launched the biggest bomb ever since Hiroshima in Afghanistan.
Where does he get the right to launch such an attack on North Korea? According to pastor Jeffress it is written that Trump has power to deal with evil doers in the book of Romans chapter 13.
There is no doubt that the Evangelicals will soon use the passage in Romans 13 to deal with what they deem to be heretics who will come against the mark of the beast and forced Sunday worship.
However when reading Romans 13, it is important to deal with context. Romans 12 being part of it which reads:
Romans 12:17-21 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. (18) If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. (19) Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (20) Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. (21) Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
But when talking of the Christianity today, as in 2001, instead of vengeance being repaid by God, they will again seek to push that “Veangence is ours, we will repay, saith the American Evangelicals.” As always, instead of as Christ said “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9) They seek to become the enforcer, not just of civil law, but of moral law. “What do I mean by saying that?” someone may be saying? “Isn’t civil and moral law the same thing?” Well, not necessarily. Jesus once said that to hate your brother was murder. (Matt 5:21, 22, 1 John 3:15) Though the civil government is to protect us from murderers and can be a “terror to evil doers” as it is written in Romans 13, if it were to enforce “thou shall not hate” it would then become the moral government. There is only one moral governor and that is God. He will eventually enforce the penalty for that law.
To go beyond this and to enforce hate crime is to delve into something beyond the capability of a civil government. The government must then have the knowledge of the all-knowing one. Governments throughout history have tried to enforce moral government, including and especially the Papacy during the dark ages which led to the greatest slaughters of humanity ever witnessed. And for this reason the founders of the United States sought to carefully guard against the oppression witnessed during these times by instituting the constitution and especially the first amendment which protects your right to free speech, even speech that might be hateful. However, nowadays we have new laws being made that would try to enforce hate speech. And this would be digging into that realm of the Papacy of old in trying to move past the realm of civil government into the realm of moral government. Making itself God, sitting in the place of God.
The civil government is to protect the liberty of the people including their right to express an opinion, and also including the right to speak your mind concerning oppressiveness, and protecting your person, your life, your property. When stepping past these boundaries, then the civil government is to punish the evil doer.
Donald Trump was ordained by God to protect the rights of the people. That includes upholding the constitution and keeping the churches from having power to enforce morality. As for these churches saying Donald Trump should make war. They instead should be calling Trump to “as much as is in him live peaceably with all men.” Maybe even be nice to them, give them a drink, or some food.
Donald Trump has also been handed the button to the biggest nuclear arsenal in the world. However, has Trump been ordained by God to become the policeman of the world? Has he been ordained by God to preemptively attack Kim Jong Un before Kim Jong Un attacked the United States? Does this fall into the context of giving drink to your enemy? Feeding your enemy? Returning Evil with Good as we read in the book of Romans?
Can any good come out of attacking a nation that is developing weapons of mass destruction? Would any good come out of Kim Jong Un attacking the United States because they were testing nuclear weapons? No. So why is it good for Trump to attack them because they are developing nuclear weapons? Is America the only good guy in the world that can have nuclear weapons?
Perhaps America shouldn’t have nuclear weapons either? Should another country preemptively attack them because they might misuse these weapons?
According to the 9/11 commission report it isn’t because of our freedom that they hate us. It is because we are in their countries, we threaten and attack other nations. And then we wonder why they would attack America? Sadly, just as the Papacy was the cause of bloodshed during the dark ages trying to impose its morality on others. So too, will the evangelicals seek to impose their morality on others using world leaders such as George Bush, Obama, Trump and others.
As we see these things coming to pass, with wars and rumors of wars, there is no doubt that the end is very near.