Pro-Trump pastor Robert Jeffress told Fox News that God is “not necessarily an open borders guy” and scolded pro-immigration religious leaders for mixing religion and politics.
Jeffress, who is a paid contributor to Fox News, told Fox & Friends that Jesus’ words were not the final word on immigration:
I mean, Jesus said we’re to love our neighbors as ourselves and that our neighbors are not just people like us, but people different than us. But while Christian compassion is one consideration, it’s not the only consideration in the immigration problem. 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. And thirdly, the Bible says God has ordained government to protect its citizens. 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.
Jeffress, who often mixes politics and religion, scolded pro-immigrant religious leaders for doing the same:
I think these leaders and the Pope are sincere, but they’re sincerely confused about the difference between the church and government. And so I think we need to keep those roles distinct.
(Source: Media Matters)