God is totally cool with nuking North Korea
President Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory board member, a right-wing pastor claims God has given the President “full power” to launch an attack on North Korea.
On Tuesday, August 8th Robert Jeffress, head of the First Baptist Dallas megachurch, told reporters that a biblical passage in Romans allows rulers to use “whatever means necessary – including war – to stop evil”.
“In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un. I’m heartened to see that our president ― contrary to what we’ve seen with past administrations who have taken, at best, a sheepish stance toward dictators and oppressors ― will not tolerate any threat to the American people,” he said.
The comments came on a day when both the US and the DPRK exchanged heated remarks signalling towards future escalations. Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” over North Korea’s nuclear program and Pyongyang said it was considering an attack on a US military base in Guam.
Although the New Testament is full of pacifist teachings, Jeffress told that those instructions are aimed at Christians, the government has another set of rules laid out in Romans 13.
The section warns that governing bodies are “established by God” and are “agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer”.
Further, it says, “Love does no harm to a neighbour”.
But Jeffress told the reporters, “that gives the government the authority to do whatever, whether it’s assassination, capital punishment or evil punishment, to quell the actions of evildoers like Kim Jong Un”.