Robert Jeffress, pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, appeared on Fox and Friends Thursday morning where he said that Jesus loved children but that he also respected the law. It was a defense of his stance that the children coming here fleeing the violence in Central America should be turned around and sent back immediately.
He compared our lack of a fence to the person who has a backyard swimming pool that is not fenced in, saying that it creates what the law terms an attractive nuisance. Securing the border, he says is the “most compassionate thing we can do for these children.”
In the past Jeffress has accused the President of “conditioning people to accept governmental overreach, which they will finally give into when this final dictator [the anti-Christ] comes.” Even so, host Steve Doocy expressed surprise that he was not among the Dallas faith leaders invited by the President to sit down and discuss the situation at the border with him.
“I doubt I would be on the President’s invitation list or even his Christmas card list because of some of the things I’ve said on Fox,” Jeffress replied, chuckling. “Frankly, I don’t care whether the president goes to the border, I want him to secure the border. And he has the ability to do that right now.”
Perhaps one of the most interesting comments Jeffress made was when he said that Obama doesn’t need Congress.
“He has a pen and a phone,” Jeffress said. “Well, it’s time to use that, and issue one of the executive orders to protect our borders, and to protect children in the process.” This seems to conflict with the claim from the right that the President has overused executive orders, even though he has issued fewer than any recent President.
At the end of his interview Jeffress said that he knows that “many Christians watch Fox and Friends, and they’re wondering what the right thing to do is. Yes, Jesus loved children, but he also respected law. He said, render unto Caesar the things that are Caesars.”
Watch the interview below.