Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress has voiced his support for President Donald Trump’s tough foreign policy efforts, stating that an “eye for an eye” is an “effective way to run a country.”
The head of First Baptist Church of Dallas and a longtime supporter of President Trump, Jeffress appeared on Lou Dobbs Tonight on the Fox Business Channel last Friday.
Jeffress spoke positively about the Trump administration putting pressure on the Republic of Turkey over imprisoning American Pastor Andrew Brunson.
“[Trump] believes that to attack one American is to attack all Americans,” said Jeffress. “It seemed like for decades we walked around as a country with a ‘kick me’ sign on us, inviting countries to attack us without recrimination. Well, those days are over.”
“The president believes in ‘an eye for an eye’ and ‘a tooth for a tooth.’ And while that’s a lousy way to run your personal relationships, it’s a pretty effective way to run a country.”
In April, 2016, when running for office, Trump said his favorite Bible verse was “an eye for an eye,” an often quoted passage found in Exodus 21:24. Trump seemed unaware, however, of Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:38-39, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.”
Responding to Trump’s remark at the time, Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, told The Christian Post, “My guess would be it would never be a gamble to overestimate Donald Trump’s knowledge of Scripture. My guess is that he either does not know about Jesus’ admonition to turn the other cheek, he has forgotten it, or just impulsively quoted the first thing that came to mind, which was the ‘eye for an eye’ quote. Much of what Trump says seems to be impulsive and spur of the moment sort of stream of consciousness rhetoric.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski