Time for true confessions. I subscribe to Dr. Robert Jeffress’ newsletter. For those who don’t know:
Robert James Jeffress, Jr. (born November 29, 1955) is an American Southern Baptist (Evangelical) pastor, best-selling author, and radio and television host. Jeffress hosts the program, Pathway to Victory, which is broadcast on more than 1,200 television stations in the United States and 28 other countries. He also has a daily radio program, Pathway to Victory, which is heard on 900 stations and broadcast live in 195 countries. He is the pastor of the 13,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.
I know that in the afterlife I will be called to atone for my transgressions, but I do this for my readers so they don’t have to. But I need to get to the story, and it starts a few reels of tape back. To begin:
Omarosa Dishes On Mike Pence: ‘He Thinks Jesus Tells Him To Say Things’
“We would be begging for the days of Trump back if Pence became president.”
Omarosa Manigault-Newman issued a dire warning about Vice President Mike Pence.
On Monday’s episode of “Celebrity Big Brother,” the former White House Office of Public Liaison communications director warned her housemates that “as bad as y’all think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence.”
Newman said people wishing for Trump’s impeachment “may want to reconsider” their life.
“We would be begging for the days of Trump back if Pence became president,” she added. “(Pence is) extreme. I’m Christian. I love Jesus. But he thinks Jesus tells him to say things. I’m like, ‘Jesus isn’t saying that.’”
Omarosa extended her thoughts, as reported in a post on the Independent:
Vice president Mike Pence is “scary” and “thinks Jesus tells him to say things”, according to a former Trump administration official.
Of course, the matter didn’t die then and there. On the ABC television network The View has been running since August 1997, and some interesting pronouncements have been dropped over that span. On a recent episode panelist Joy Behar put some analysis to the Vice President’s behavior, as reported by Fox News.
‘The View’ star Joy Behar mocks Mike Pence’s Christian faith: ‘That’s called mental illness’
By Brian Flood | Fox News
The women of ABC News’ “The View” took a shot a Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian faith on Tuesday, mocking the former governor of Indiana for talking to Jesus and even calling it a “mental illness.”
It all started when they played a clip from “Celebrity Big Brother,” in which former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman discussed the vice president.
Getting to the heart of the matter:
Joy Behar then said: “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you.”
Behar said hearing voices is a “mental illness” before Sherri Shepard offered a limited defense of Pence.
Getting past the fact that having conversations with dead people is one of the known signs of a mental lapse, it would have been wise for the panelists to cut the Vice President some slack. It is for sure they did not offer up alternative explanations, some of which I list here:
- He was being poetic. Apostrophe is a literary device that has a character speaking to an inanimate object or to a dead person.
- He could have been rehearsing for a part in a dramatic performance. “Jesus: Can you tell me which way to the temple? Roman soldier: Jesus Christ, if you can’t find your own way, then Heaven help you.”
- He could have been mocking somebody’s religious pretensions: “You think you are holier than thou? Shit, man, Jesus talks to me. And you know what? I talk back.”
But they didn’t, and now they have incurred the wrath of holier than thou Dr. Robert Jeffress of the larger than God, downtown Dallas mega church. May Jesus have mercy on their souls. Here is a partial transcript provided by Dr. Jeffress from his interview on Fox News:
Dr. Robert Jeffress went off on the co-hosts of “The View” for mocking Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian faith on Tuesday.
It all started when “The View” played a clip from “Celebrity Big Brother,” in which former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman said the Vice President “thinks Jesus tells him to say things.”
Sunny Hostin expressed concern about Pence’s religious fervor and said she doesn’t want her Vice President “speaking in tongues.”
“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you,” Joy Behar said, adding that hearing voices is a “mental illness.”
Jeffress wondered on “America’s Newsroom” what would have happened to Behar if she had mocked a devout Muslim.
“ABC would have fired her in a nanosecond. To the left, when it comes to attacking conservative Christians, it is always open season.”
He pointed out that many liberals preach the importance of tolerance, but when it comes to beliefs with which they disagree, they can often be the least tolerant.
He said Christians are tired of being bullied in the public square for their faith, and the 2016 election was in some ways a reaction to these types of “despicable attacks.”
I need to expand on that in parts. First there is the implication (outright declaration?) that “the left” (that would include me) is partial to Muslims. Let me put that to rest right now. Those Muslims are absolutely wacky. Here’s the kind of stuff they (not all) believe:
- The earth and everything else was created by a mythical being.
- Abraham, the character in the Bible, was a real person.
- Mohamed had conversations with God, the previously-mentioned mythical being.
- Mohamed traveled from Mecca to Jerusalem and back within the span of a few hours.
- Mohamed ascended into Heaven, a mythical place.
There, I’ve given Muslims their due. They are little better than Vice President Mike Pence when it comes to being unclear. And, yes, those on the left side of the aisle (some) tend to mock this kind of nonsense, as do some on the right. The question should be “Why doesn’t everybody, left and right, give this tripe the belly laugh it deserves?”
Dr. Jeffress complains that liberals preach tolerance, yet they are intolerant of beliefs that are not their own. Dude, what is your concept of tolerance? We tolerate. We condemn, yet we tolerate. Being tolerant of a bad movie does not mean we purchase tickets. Being tolerant of a braying jackass does not mean we welcome him into our living rooms.
Christians are being bullied. Really? If somebody farts in an elevator, you do not compliment him on his good manners? Dr. Jeffress, get real.
And by the way, keep those emails coming. I open them daily with great joy. That’s tolerance.