President Donald Trump and his pro-war friends are getting called out by the Christian community this week.
Trump has made increasingly aggressive maneuvers toward North Korea in recent weeks and one of Trump’s evangelical supporters made controversy this week by suggesting Trump has God-given authority to use nuclear weapons against North Korea. However, other Christian leaders are now responding and rejecting the idea that Trump has God’s approval to start a war.
Shane Vander Hart is an influential conservative commentator from Iowa, which Trump won during the 2016 election, and he’s also a Christian pastor. He published a rebuttal to Trump and the so-called Christian leaders who are calling for nuclear war between the U.S. and North Korea.
He breaks down in clear English what the Bible is actually talking about – Jeffress and Trump are taking it totally out of context.
“Dr. Jeffress’ advice is why cherry-picking a Bible verse is dangerous. If you read the context of this passage, it isn’t talking about war powers. The Apostle Paul addresses how Christians subjects (or in our case citizens) should respond to our governing authorities. We are to obey them because God has given them authority over us and the ability to punish those who break the law,” Vander Hart wrote.
He continued, “Even so, this passage addresses the State and how it deals with individuals. Romans 13 does not refer to how a state deals with other nation-states. It certainly does not give rulers carte blanche power to respond to another nation any way they please.”
Jeffress has previously sparked controversy for his far-right political views and his connections to Trump.
Earlier this month, Jeffress was quoted as saying, “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. In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-un.”
Trump and Jeffress’s brand of religious fear-mongering is totally inappropriate and it’s so refreshing to see that some true Christians are willing to stand up and tell the truth about what is in the scripture.
Christianity has been a religion of peace on this continent for hundreds of years, and now Trump and a few loud-mouth ministers are threatening to do away with many decades of progress. It is heart-breaking to see a small group of people inflict so much harm on so many people.