Pastor: If You Don’t Vote ‘Biblically,’ You’re Going to Bring on Another Holocaust

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:

Pastor Robert Jeffress

“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.”

Unrighteousness means we may be bringing on another Holocaust? Really?! Is that what will happen in a second Obama administration?

[Jeffress] said in an interview afterward that “people can connect the dots. It’s clear which candidate shares our views.

I’m guessing the guy who’s less Hitler-y…?

(Anyone else amazed that all these pastors are opposed to Obama, the one Protestant in the race?)

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.

The IRS, meanwhile, is just sitting on its thumbs waiting for the bureaucracy to get its shit together.

One other note: A couple of the pastors interviewed in this article said that they would not endorse a candidate in the pulpit; they would only endorse their “biblical values”… which we all know is just a code word for “Republican.” What I found most interesting was this quotation from one pastor:

Though [pastor Elbert Nasworthy] takes no public position on candidates or issues, he believes it’s his role as a spiritual leader to inform his congregation on the importance of making a choice based on biblical values.

“They can draw their own conclusions after that,” he said. “You better believe I’ll be making a case on Sunday.”

They can draw their own conclusions?!

It’s the one time these pastors don’t tell their congregations exactly what to think… and instead of actually laying out the different theories and letting church members actually make their own decision, these pastors just strongly suggest which way they ought to vote.

It’s a distinction without a difference.

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  • Aaron

    You know, it’s a strange thing to try and figure out when a pastor is endorsing someone. Because even if they don’t explicitly say “Vote Romney or else”, they can still bring up passages from the Bible that seem to blatantly support one candidate over another. 

    It seems akin to preaching about how nonbelievers can’t do anything good. They don’t have to say “Atheists are scum and you shouldn’t like them”. All they have to do is read a certain thing from the Bible and it speaks for itself.

  • http://nwrickert.wordpress.com/ Neil Rickert

    (Anyone else amazed that all these pastors are opposed to Obama, the one Protestant in the race?)

    Actually, no.  I am not at all surprised.  I just remember that Obama is the one black in this race.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-De-Fleuriot/611844223 Mike De Fleuriot

       That is the ONLY reason these people are voting against President Barak Obama, because he is black. After all as they say, it is called The Whitehouse, no?

    • Stev84

      Also the one Muslim

    • Todd

      Also the one Kenyan.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/A37GL7VKR3W6ACSIZPH7EID3LI rlrose63

      Also, the one Socialist.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/A37GL7VKR3W6ACSIZPH7EID3LI rlrose63

      Also, the one Socialist.

    • Pureone

      And the one Atheist.

  • David B.

    Well, anything to avoid another holocaust!
     
    Hmm, voting “biblically”… voting “biblically”… let’s see…
     
    Ah, here we are, Romans 13:1-3, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”
     
    So I guess I should always vote for the incumbent then, otherwise God might punish my rebellion against him.
     
    Vote Obama, it’s the biblical choice!

    • steph

      Actually what Paul is probably suggesting is not to vote at all.  The government, whichever it is, is God’s choice anyway, and God has the power without your help.  But if Mitt Romney’s supporters want to obey this pastor’s instruction (he looks like a real estate salesman – you sure he’s a pastor?), I suggest they meditate on Matthew 5.44 and that might inspire them to vote for Obama and pray for all the big meanies in the world who want to be happy and have the same rights they do.

  • Michael Koch

    Pastors should shut their damn mouths and stay out of Politics.  They should stick to their main concern…. ripping off the GULLIBLE sheep in their congregations

  • Lee Miller

    I’m not surprised these pastors are against Obama, the “protestant” in the race, because he’s a member of a liberal denomination, and in the eyes of conservatives those people aren’t real Christians.  Mormons at least believe that fairy tales are literally true, even if they’re slightly different stories. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1094106361 Joshua Allen

    Easy solution. If they want to preach about politics, pay taxes like the rest of us. Simple.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=123400843 Stu Minnis

    Naturally, I’m partly shocked and offended by brazenly politicized pulpits. Then again, the mingling of conservative politics and religion is one of the things that’s driving young people away from organized religion. So part of me wants to just let them have a little more rope.

  • jose

    Yeah so this guy is good and righteous like us, and the other one is basically Hitler.

    Now, based on these objective facts, you can draw your conclusions.

  • PJohn

    German  Lutheran pastors were silent because the welcomed Fascism.  Just like the Christian pastors do today.  A return to the good old days of white rule, segregation,  and anti-gay violence.

  • C Peterson

    I don’t recall much talk about voting in the Bible… oh yeah, because there isn’t any! Every government mentioned in the Bible is despotic. I guess that explains the Christian fascination with Republicans.

    • Reginald Selkirk

       Ecclesiastes Qoh. 10:2 “A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.”

      • C Peterson

        A man whose heart is at either hand is… dead.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QPVVPRJ7QKLPU6TF5B4IZTENTI No

        What if said individual doesn’t have a right hand?

      • MartyM

         So God hates left-handed people?

        • C Peterson

          Of course. God hates most people, which he justifies by creating them with hateful characteristics: dark skin, left-handed, gay.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    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.

    Not that European Christianity had anything to do with centuries of anti-semitism, or that Martin Luther himself wrote a book with the title On the Jews and Their Lies.

    • Pepe

       Hey who wants facts, eh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arthur-Bryne/100002441143047 Arthur Bryne

    A more direct cause of the Holocaust would be the high numbers of people with high levels of high-RWA authoritarian submission who “followed orders”. Thus, a more effective means to reduce the Holocaust would be for pastors to preach that their congregations should never vote based on anyone else’s say-so, rather than working out the correct options themselves — even if the anyone else is a pastor.

  • John of Indiana

    [Jeffress] said in an interview afterward that “people can connect the dots. It’s clear which candidate shares our views.“

    And their skin tone…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QPVVPRJ7QKLPU6TF5B4IZTENTI No

    “…It’s clear which candidate shares our views.”

    In other words, “we can’t possibly be wrong, especially in who we pick for president, so voting differently than we do would make you a bad person by definition.”

    Jeffress is the same useless A-hole who, during the Republican primary earlier this year, called Romney’s religion a cult. Set aside the fact that all religions are a cult for a second, the implication in that statement is clear: I, of a slightly different religion with the same godhead, think this candidate’s religion is a fraud.

    Fast forward a few months and suddenly Romney is a paragon of virtue even though the man has never emitted a fully correct statement in his life, and there is silence on the subject of Mormonism. It’s all about power for people like Jeffress; they’ll excuse/deny/look past anything they claim they don’t like if it gets them what they want.

  • Octoberfurst

     It’s amazing how shrill conservative pastors can be. I frequently go to rightwingwatch.org and mediamatter.com where they show clips of nutty pastors saying outrageous things.  To hear some of them talk Obama is the anti-Christ and America will turn into Godless, Marxist tyranny run by Sharia if Obama is re-elected. (Yes I know that makes no sense but we are talking about right-wing Christians. They are used to contradictions. So in their minds we could have a Marxist/Islamist State.)
      They also do their best to scare their sheeple by saying that God will judge this nation if we continue letting gays have rights, women having the right to choose and not backing Israel in everything it does.  Yes, beware, beware, God is going to be ever so pissed if you don’t vote the right way. (Pun intended.)
      Personally I would find the preachers funny if they didn’t have so much influence.

    • RobMcCune

      But if you don’t accept their contradictions then America will turn into an Orwellian nightmare.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/A37GL7VKR3W6ACSIZPH7EID3LI rlrose63

    They know the IRS won’t touch them, so they can say and do anything they wish.  I’ve seen unsupervised children do the same thing.  They are spoiled rotten little kids, these people.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    I did not know that my ability to vote was so powerful. If I read a book by Rachel Maddow does that raise an army of zombies from the grave?

  • pagansister

    President Obama is not only a closet Muslim, he isn’t even an American, right?   I mean—that birth certificate most certainly isn’t real, right?     Wonder how they handle Jesus being a JEW!  Guess that is explained away somehow—-     

  • http://twitter.com/silo_mowbray Silo Mowbray

    Quotes run through the SiloTastic Truth Translator(TM):

    “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.”

    TRANSLATION: “I want my dwindling power as a religious leader restored,” said Robert Jeffress, senior huckster of the 10,000-sucked-in cult organization of Dallas. “This is a perfect opportunity for my fellow snake-oil salesmen and I to continue polarizing the country and imposing a black-and-white worldview on our customers. Tell your marks that they have a choice, but make damned sure they’re freaked out enough about going to hell that they don’t really have a choice. Because Hitler.”Patent Pending, by the way.

  • Robster

    Spaghetti and pastor? Pastor carbanara. Yummy foods to be appreciated. Anything else to do with pastors, forget it.


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