Southern Baptist preacher Robert Jeffress also spoke at that “Washington: A Man of Prayer” event on Capitol Hill. He gave a predictably ridiculous speech in which he declared that while we can debate some public policies, others were decided by God in the Bible and should be settled as a result.
“In this Capitol building,” Jeffress continued, “issues such as immigration policy, healthcare reform, taxation policy — all those things can and should be debated vigorously. But there are some issues that are beyond debate, for the judge of the universe has already rendered His opinion.”
Jeffress identified ‘the value of life inside and outside the womb,” “the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman,” and “the right to religious freedom” as three issues on which God has already rendered his verdict.
Really? I don’t recall a single verse anywhere in the Bible that supports the idea of religious freedom. I can think of several that clearly say the opposite. Like Deuteronomy 13: 6-10:
And Deuteronomy 17: 2-5:
“If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you … Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die.”
If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant; And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel; Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.
And yet our constitution quite explicitly says that every person has a right to practice their religion and express their religion to others and try to convince them of its truth. And if you followed these commands, you would be imprisoned for murder. There is no such thing as religious freedom in the Bible. And given the number of innocent babies that God orders the slaughter of in the Bible, any talk about God and the “value of life” is utter nonsense.
You see, Pastor Jeffress, this is not a theocracy. God doesn’t get to decide a damn thing in this country.