ERLC defense of rule of law: …
Dr. Robert Jeffress defense of the rule of law: “There is nothing immoral or un-Christian about President Trump enforcing the laws. That is his constitutional as well as his God given responsibility.”
Jeffress: Democrats determined to overturn the 2016 elections.
Southern Baptists pay Russell Moore and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission to stand up for Southern Baptists when important government policies are debated. Unfortunately, the ERLC was silent Friday after liberal Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Evangelicals to undermine the rule of law. With the ERLC abandoning the field, it fell to other Southern Baptists like Pastor of Dallas First Baptist Church Dr. Robert Jeffress to stand for the rule of law.
Jeffress appeared on Fox Business Lou Dobbs show Friday evening to respond to Pelosi’s attack on the President’s policy of enforcing deportations ordered by courts. According to mainstream media reports, “ICE agents were targeting at least 2,000 immigrants who have been ordered deported — some as a result of their failure to appear in court — but who remain in the country illegally.”
However, this angers Democrats, and Pelosi was begging evangelicals who support President Donald Trump to pressure the President. In other words, Pelosi wanted Christians to urge the magistrate to not enforce the law.
That’s not what God intended for government, and the ERLC should make it clear that Southern Baptists stand for the rule of law.
Thankfully, Dr. Robert Jeffress offered a Southern Baptist response on Fox Business.
“There is nothing immoral or un-Christian about President Trump enforcing the laws,” Dr. Robert Jeffress said. “That is his constitutional as well as his God given responsibility. This humanitarian crisis is 100% the fault of the Democrats.”
Dr. Jeffress is correct. There is nothing immoral or un-Christian about enforcing the law. In fact, this is the primary function of government. God ordained government, as the Apostles tell us, to create an ordered society, where lawbreakers are punished. The purpose of government creating order is an important part of God’s plan of salvation. As the New Testament scholar C.E.B Cranfield wrote,
“It is implied that God wills the state as a means to promoting peace and quiet among human beings, and that God desires such peace and quiet because they are in some way conducive to human beings’ salvation. It is God’s purpose that the state should, by restraining chaotic tendencies of human beings’ self-assertion, maintain those outward conditions under which the gospel may be preached to all and sundry without hindrance.”
So, to borrow a phrase from our liberal ERLC, enforcement of immigration law is a Gospel issue.
Jeffress blamed the current humanitarian crisis on Democrats refusal to work with President Donald Trump to close asylum loopholes in current immigration law.
“The reason they won’t work with this President on this or anything else, is that they have one goal: They are hell bent on driving this President out of office and overturning the 2016 elections,” Jeffress said.
Jeffress was strong in his condemnation of Democrats. He said their placing Party interest above the national interest was “dereliction of duty at best and treason at worst.”
Watch Jeffress interview with Fox Business: