Pastor Robert Jeffress: Time to Stop "Demonization of Legitimately Elected Public Officials"
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. — Dr. Robert Jeffress
DALLAS — Robert Jeffress, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, releases the following statement in response to today’s shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, VA that wounded Rep. Steve Scalise and at least five others.
"Along with all of us here at First Baptist Dallas, I want to assure those who are injured and their families that we are praying for them, and we are grateful for their service—whether of our elected officials whose service is dangerous in addition to demanding, the faithful staff members who assist them, and those in law enforcement who protect them and all of us.
When wanton acts of violence such as this occur, it’s inevitable to wonder why God allows evil like this in the world. But we should not blame God for acts committed by depraved individuals who have exercised their own free will. C.S. Lewis’ observation is more true and timely than ever: 'Most suffering in the world has been produced by human beings with whips, guns, bayonets, gas chambers, and bombs.' Today’s cowardly act of violence is a reminder that evil runs rampant in the world, but it will not do so forever. The great hope of Christianity is that one day Christ will return and forever conquer evil.
Until that time, we pray for those impacted by this and all acts of evil and assure them as the psalmist said, 'The Lord is close to the broken-hearted.' (Psalm 34:18)
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."
Dr. Robert Jeffress is a best-selling author of 24 books, a nationally and internationally syndicated TV and radio host and the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Dallas, one of the largest and most influential churches in America. Pathway to Victory, Dr. Jeffress’ broadcast ministry, airs daily nationwide on more than 900 radio stations and is broadcast live to 195 countries. His forthcoming book, A Place Called Heaven: 10 Surprising Truths About Your Eternal Home, will release September 2017. He serves on President Trump’s Faith Advisory Council.