Faith, Fire and Fury: Trump, Jeffress, and the Dangerous Theology of Kings

By Rev. Brandon Gilvin - Posted at

Published 8.09.2017

I have a love-hate relationship with journalism that covers religion. On the one hand, I love a good feature story about a monastery in the middle of rural America, or a story about religious traditions working together in innovative ways, or an insightful profile about someone who has examined her own faith enough to speak about it without resorting to platitudes. But then, there are the stories that just make me cringe.

Tonight, when I sat down to look over some of the daily headlines, I caught a story that began with a cringe-worthy line: “Texas megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump’s evangelical advisers who preached the morning of his inauguration, has released a statement saying the president has the moral authority to take out North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.”

Of course, this was following President Trump’s statement today that North Korea would be met with “Fire and Fury unlike the world has ever seen” should they continue to threaten the United States.

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