Thursday, August 10, 2017

More Critical Responses to Trump's Fire and Fury: "Yes, It's Prophesied in 1st Caucasians"

Tea Pain, Tom Nichols, Matt Duss, and Paul B. Raushenbush respond to Southern Baptist pastor and Trump court prophet Robert Jeffress' crude, macho-posturing statement that "God" has given Trump authority to "take out" another nation's ruler (and bomb its citizens):

Warren Throckmorton, "Dear Robert Jeffress: The President’s Authority to Wage War Does Not Come from God":

Biblically and politically, Jeffress is just wrong to insert himself as a spokesperson for God into the situation. He should turn in his Baptist card. 
During the revolutionary and post-revolutionary period, Baptists were among the staunchest supporters of separation of church and state. Now the Baptist-in-name-only Jeffress advises Trump that God has given the green light for lethal action in North Korea. . . .America is not a new Israel where the prophets advised the King when to attack an enemy. Jeffress is not God’s mouthpiece to the president with orders from on high.

Rosalind C. Hughes, "Jeffress’ Statement about Trump’s God-Given Authority Is Nonsense":

In a week of atomic anniversaries, remembering the horrors wrought in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and in the face of rude provocation, if I were to advise the president biblically about his promise to bring 'fire and fury such as the world has never seen,' I would point him instead towards a story told about Jesus in the Gospel according to Luke (emphasis mine): 
"When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him; but the people would not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, 'Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?' But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village. (Luke 9:51-56)."

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