A Donald Trump-supporting megachurch pastor from Texas says gun reform legislation isn’t the answer to prevent school shootings, and that “only the gospel of Christ” can change the behavior of the shooters. We should start, he said, by teaching kids the Ten Commandments.
Apparently, in the mind of First Baptist Church of Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress, people just need to be told that God said “Thou shall not kill,” and everything will be okay. Because who needs to worry about mental health or access to weapons when Jesus is the only solution we need?
Jeffress told Fox and Friends that Trump is the most “faith-friendly president we’ve ever had,” including Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. He also added that we would have less violence if we just followed his advice.
He made the comments the morning of his “March for Eternal Life,” a.k.a. a rally for Christians who feel persecuted.
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“The root problem is we need to change people’s behavior and that can only happen with a change of heart and we believe only the gospel of Christ can do that,” said Jeffress.
Jeffress argued that “a crusade by secularists” in the U.S. has been a “failure” and suggested that the country should return to its more religious past.
“Teaching people, starting with our children, that there is a god to whom they’re accountable, is not the only thing we need to do to end gun violence, but it’s the first thing we need to do,” said Jeffress, who is a Fox News contributor. “I remind our viewers that for the first 150 years of our nation’s history, our schoolchildren prayed, they read Scripture in school, they even memorized the Ten Commandments, including the commandment ‘Thou shall not kill.’”
Like he says, our kids read religious scripture in schools for the first 150 years, and we all know there was no violence or slavery or other issues back then. Perhaps there weren’t as many mass shootings, but that could be because everyone had muskets instead of semi-automatic weapons. (Even after mandatory Christians prayers were taken out of schools, shootings didn’t become a regular occurrence until decades later.)
I also want to point out that the failed “crusade by secularists” began with the secularists who founded this country and understood that religion and government needed to be kept separate. Even those who were religious knew that religious freedom was important, and that enforcing a national faith would contradict that notion.
I agree with Jeffress that we should go back to our roots. It’s too bad he needs to take a history class to determine what that actually means.