Following today’s senseless shooting during a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Robert Jeffress, the pastor who once linked former President Obama to the “Antichrist,” posted a public plea to stop the “demonization of public officials.”
Now is the time to stop demonization of public officials. Now is the time to stop provoking our nation to conflict. https://t.co/cQFtZqYXTP
— Dr. Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) June 14, 2017
The evangelical leader went into detail in his blog post:
“The incident also 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.”
In Jeffress’ 2014 book, “Perfect Ending,” however, the Dallas-based pastor made the link between Obama and the “Antichrist” following his decision to support LGBT rights.
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.
Jeffress claimed, in a moment of verbal gymnastics, that he wasn’t implying Obama is the Antichrist or not a Christian, but “what I am saying is this: the course he is choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.” The nation’s eyes, meanwhile, rolled out of our heads.
While Jeffress may try to blame semantics as the tepid excuse for his hypocrisy, he should look in the mirror before preaching tolerance to others. His hateful rhetoric, linking a Christian, ironically enough, to the Antichrist, is the very “unrelenting demonization of our legitimately elected political leaders” that he spoke against. Of all people, this pastor should probably practice what he preaches.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.