AN OPEN LETTER TO PASTOR ROBERT JEFFRESS

Dear Pastor Robert Jeffress,

I am a Christian, and I find your comments about Christians who have decided not to vote for President Donald Trump, unbecoming of a Christian leader. I also believe your comments warrant a public response.

You have openly insulted and slandered Christians who are planning to vote for Joe Biden, claiming that anyone who is serious about their faith could not vote for Joe Biden. In addition you made the following comment: “the only evangelicals who are going to vote for Joe Biden are those who have sold their soul to the devil.”

Where is the fear of God that would restrain you from such careless and judgmental insults towards fellow Christians? You did not learn this from Christ. Your comments are divisive, shameful, and completely unacceptable. They do not represent Christ nor what it means to follow Christ.

The scriptures instruct us to “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” ~ Colossians 3:12-13

Your derogatory rhetoric aimed at Christians seems to be over the issue of abortion. Does holding a different perspective than yours with regards to how we are to approach the issue of abortion justify your insults in the sight of God?

I am 100% pro-life in my convictions, and yet I have decided not to vote for President Trump in the 2020 election. I can vote for Joe Biden or someone else, and be true to my pro-life convictions because I understand that to every issue there are nuances involved.

It’s been 47 years since Roe V. Wade was decided. How many lives would have been saved from abortion over the last 47 years if churches and ministries (as a whole) would have responded with outreaches for pregnant women? Where are all the unwed mothers homes supported by local churches and ministries, in response to Roe V. Wade?

Rather than weaponizing the political side of abortion, why not advocate the ministry opportunity? Why has abortion become a political rallying cry, rather than a call to ministry?

The politicizing of Christianity over the issue of abortion is not good.

Simply voting for a pro-life candidate is never going to stop abortions, even if Roe V Wade is overturned. People will find a way to have abortions, they have since ancient times. The answer to the abortion problem is ministry from the church, not politics within the church.

What is it that we are after? Do we simply want the government to overturn Roe V. Wade so we can soothe our conscience and have our values enforced on other Americans? Do we want to take it further and criminalized abortions? After all, we do argue it’s murder.

If we criminalize it, are we in favor of a 15 year old rape victim who has an abortion losing the next 20 yeas of her life to the prison system? While you sit in judgment, hurling vicious insults towards other Christians, many of them have wrestled with staying true to their pro-life convictions while not compromising their other values.

Are Christians under obligation to vote for a man with whom they are uncomfortable, and alarmed by? Are they not free to follow Christ?

Political passion over issues such as abortion must be balanced with thoughtful understanding, and met with the mercy and grace of God. I urge you Pastor Jeffress, not to use abortion as a weapon to condemn other Christians. Instead, let it be an opportunity to humbly minister life!



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