Industrial Strength Irony

Number 4 In A Series

Full disclosure: I subscribe to Robert Jeffress’s newsletter, and there are periods when I receive almost daily mailings in my inbox.

You wanna embrace the golden calf?
Ankle, and thigh, and upper half?
Here it is!
I mean, here it is!

That’s from the Lyrics On Demand, and it’s about sin in No Name City, but let’s pretend the subject is irony. Then here it is, I mean here it is:

This appalling act of violence highlights the fact that the unrelenting demonization of our legitimately elected political leaders could lead to tragedy, and I refer particularly to the mainstream media, our universities, and to Hollywood.

Now is the time to tone it all down, embrace real tolerance, report objectively, and stop provoking our nation to conflict.

By “Yesterday at 10:22 a.m.” is meant 1022 on 14 June 2017. That was the day a gunman opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice session at a park in Alexandria, Virginia. Congressman Steve Scalise, representing the Louisiana 1st congressional district was severely wounded. Others were also shot or injured, including two police officers. The police killed the gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, a vocal opponent of President Trump and, presumably, at odds with the Republican Congress. The Robert Jeffress Facebook posting also included the following:

Pastor Robert Jeffress: Time to Stop “Demonization of Legitimately Elected Public Officials”

And that’s what is so ironic:

For the first time in history a president of our country has openly proposed altering one of society’s (not to mention God’s) most fundamental laws: that marriage should be between a man and a woman. While I am not suggesting that President Obama is the Antichrist, the fact that he was able to propose such a sweeping change in God’s law and still win reelection by a comfortable margin illustrates how a future world leader will be able to oppose God’s laws without any repercussions.

Robert, Jeffress. Perfect Ending: Why Your Eternal Future Matters Today (Kindle Locations 1073-1077). Worthy Publishing. Kindle Edition.

That was from 2014. Some elaboration may be helpful:

Jeffress, head of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, writes in his book Perfect Ending that he does not believe Obama is the Antichrist, yet he links Obama’s support of gay marriage to the coming of the Antichrist. Many Christians believe Jesus’ Second Coming will feature a confrontation with an enemy called the Antichrist, based on interpretation of passages 1 John and 2 John.

We are thankful Dr. Jeffress is not saying President Obama is actually the Antichrist. That said, we are surprised he did not. Robert Jeffress is not famous for pulling punches:

(CNN) — A pastor with a long history of inflammatory remarks about Muslims, Mormons, Catholics and gays preached at a private service for President-elect Trump and his family on Friday, shortly before Trump took the oath of office.

The pastor, the Rev. Robert Jeffress, is a Southern Baptist who vigorously campaigned for Trump during the final months of the presidential election and is a member of his evangelical advisory board. “I love this guy!” Trump has said of Jeffress. Before the campaign, Trump, a Presbyterian, had no apparent connection to the pastor, who leads First Baptist Church in Dallas.

Can we expect Robert Jeffress to tone down his remarks in the future? Not likely. That would constitute Industrial Strength Irony.

This isn’t over. I will have more to say about Dr. Robert Jeffress, so keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.


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