President Trump’s evangelical adviser: ‘God is not necessarily an Open Borders Guy’ like people think

President Trump’s evangelical adviser believes that while compassion has a place in the immigration debate, the Bible should not be used to decide the policy.

First Baptist Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress weighed in on a recent letter from a number of pastors asking for President Trump to use “Christian compassion” when making immigration policies. The letter, from 3,400 church leaders and addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan, argued that “many biblical heroes were themselves immigrants, including even Jesus.”

Jeffress, who did not sign the letter, acknowledged on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday that the religious leaders were right in pointing out the Christian component of compassion in the immigration debate, which was centered on Trump’s call to end the DACA program. However, that compassion could not be the sole factor, he said.

“While Christian compassion is one consideration, it’s not the only consideration in the immigration problem,” the pastor said, explaining that while Jesus told His followers to love others, the Bible is pretty clear about laws and obeying them.

“I mean, the Bible also says that God is the one who established nations and its borders. God is not necessarily an open borders guy, as a lot of people would think that he is,” Jeffress pointed out.

“The Bible says God has ordained government to protect its citizens,” he continued, noting how government leaders are responsible for making these policies.

“So when you are talking about a biblical solution to immigration, yes, we need to talk about compassion, but we need to balance that with government’s real responsibility to protect its citizens,” he said.

Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt pointed out that the church leaders did refer to the government’s role when they noted the”biblical principle of valuing and protecting immigrants, while also protecting national security.”

Jeffress countered that, although the government responsibility is acknowledged, they still “tend to lean on the side of compassion and don’t balance it” as they should.

The pastor added that these church leaders, and even the Catholic Pope, are sincere but confused. He pointed to the example of the pope “lambasting President Trump” for not doing enough for immigration.

“I think these leaders and the pope are sincere, but they’re sincerely confused about the difference between the church and government,” Jeffress concluded. “I think we need to keep those roles distinct.”

Not surprisingly, many mainstream media outlets presented Jeffress’ comments as saying God is against  undocumented immigrants coming in to the United States. Twitter reaction was equally hostile, given the narrative.

But there were certainly many on Twitter who understood what the pastor was saying.

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