If you attended the Ninth Annual Pastors Appreciation Lunch in Tampa, Florida this week, you would have heard a keynote address that not only urged pastors to get political in the pulpit, but one that compared the more liberal candidate to… well, read it for yourself:
I believe the preservation of America depends on pastors,” said Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the 10,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas. “This is no time for God’s men to be passive. It’s time to stand up and push back against all the evil in our country.
“Tell your people that they have a choice: to cast a vote for righteousness or vote for unrighteousness.”
Stay silent, he warned them, and you’re no different than German Lutheran pastors who didn’t speak out against Hitler’s growing influence in the late 1930s. That lack of action led to the Holocaust, he said.
Righteousness, in Jeffress’ eyes, means voting for Mitt Romney, despite Jeffress saying about Mormonism: “It’s absolutely a cult.”
Anyway, as far as I can tell, at no point did Jeffress ever tell the hundreds of pastors that their churches should pay taxes in exchange for endorsing a candidate. That would be the right, legal, honest thing to do, but Jeffress, like so many other pastors, doesn’t care one iota about doing the right thing.
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