Hilsong NYC Church head pastor Carl Lentz slammed the Trump administration for using the Bible to justify separating immigrant children from their parents.
During an interview on MSNBC, Lent said this wrongful use of the Bible was “embarrassing”:
And when you see politicians, especially, are using what we call classic misapplication of scripture, you just hope you get the opportunity to do this — which is tell people, in case they are wondering, like is this — is this Jesus? Is this Christianity? Is the Bible? Absolutely not…
We do have things that have to be followed with order. But if God’s moral laws are violated, if the laws of compassion, if the laws of just what is right is violated, in this case, this thing with ripping apart families, it reminds me of our country when we had laws that said black people couldn’t eat at certain restaurants…
All the way back to even worse crimes. I think there are times that you have to stand up for what’s right, in the face of that law.
So, that scripture, taken out of context, can rook like you have to obey what’s wrong, and that’s the opposite, because if you’re proving a point with that scripture, you can you prove a point of compassion throughout the entire Bible a lot easier than that man could do to approve a legislation that’s literally ripping families apart today.
Lentz was asked about recent poll showing that 72 percent of white evangelicals support Trump, and said that the word “evangelical” had been hijacked by the right wing:
I think that you know, I pray for our president. I think that’s my job as a Christian. But beyond that I think there’s a whole, you know, generation of young people, especially, who don’t want to equate being a Christian to being white and being right, on this side of the political. And I think they just don’t have a voice.
The term evangelical has been in my mind almost hijacked. I’m hesitant to use it, and it’s a shame because evangelical, in its purest sense, is a group of people who believe Jesus is lord, Jesus is God. But what’s happened is evangelical in America means conservative Christianity. That doesn’t even exist. There’s no such thing as conservative Christianity.
(Source: MSNBC via Daily Motion)