Conservative Christian leader Robert Jeffress is giving President-elect Donald Trump accolades for making the decision to not go ahead and prosecute his former Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton concerning her email scandal – when she kept classified national security data on her unsecured home server while she was secretary of state under the Obama administration.
As the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, Jeffress also urged Trump supporters not to gloat over the Thanksgiving table over the long weekend – to avoid more divisiveness over the election.
A complete turnaround
During Trump’s discussion with reporters at a meeting on Tuesday – when he told America that Clinton had “suffered greatly” over the course of the presidential election – he encouraged supporters to have compassion on the defeated Democrat.
“I don't want to hurt the Clintons – I really don't," Trump replied when asked whether his administration will prosecute Clinton over her decision to use a private server while working at the State Department. "[Prosecuting Clinton is] just not something I feel very strongly about."
One of America’s top Left-leaning media outlets pointed out the disparity between Trump’s attitude now and on the debate stage.
"[Trump’s decision not to prosecute is a] stunning departure from the campaign rhetoric," CNN stated, noted his repeated warnings that he will go after Clinton when he assumes office. “[Trump’s comments will] come as a shock to some of the president-elect's most ardent supporters."
During the second presidential debate, Trump told Clinton that he would go after her in court.
"If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation," Trump expressed to Clinton the month before the election.
Forgiveness over vindication
Jeffress made it very clear that even though he understands the government’s responsibility to pursue and execute justice, he is of the conviction that Trump has made the “right decision” to not pursue Clinton’s conviction.
"At the end, voters are going to judge President-elect Trump by three criteria: ‘Has he made them safer, freer and richer?’” the Texas pastor asserted when speaking with FOX Business Host Stuart Varney on Wednesday. “And going after Clinton is not going to accomplish any of those goals.”
The harm that could come out of pursuing Clinton’s persecution was also mentioned
"It will paralyze Washington for four more years," Jeffress insisted. "I think everyone ought to applaud President-elect Trump on making that decision."
Meanwhile, conservative voice also said that because it is “unrealistic” to not speak about politics with family members over the long Thanksgiving weekend, Christians should be careful to discuss the sensitive topic in a godly manner.
"I think it's more important how we talk about it,” Jeffress shared. “The Bible says that we ought to talk in a way that edifies, encourages other people – rather than tears them down."
Edify … don’t tear down
The evangelical leader encouraged Americans from both party lines not to boast or mope over the election results – whether their preferred candidate emerged victorious or defeated.
"If you are a Trump supporter, like me, instead of gloating about his win, point out the positive things to those doubters we have already seen – his inclusiveness, his measured tone," Jeffress suggested. "And to those who oppose Trump: instead of being bitter – and gloom and doom – why not commit to praying for the president-elect … that he would follow God's leadership in his life."
Jeffress experienced the divisiveness over the election first-handed, with protesters organizing outside his Dallas church over its support of Trump for his Christian stance on controversial issues.
“Anti-Trump protesters demonstrated in font of Jeffress' church after the election to protest the church's biblical beliefs on homosexuality and Jeffress' personal support for Trump,” The Christian Post reported. “The organizer of the protest, Dominique Alexander, labeled the church ‘the mecca of the hate that lives inside Dallas.’ Alexander has a previous conviction of causing harm to a child and served time in jail for his crime.”
The megachurch pastor mentioned to Varney that even though the multitude of anti-Trump protesters promised to come back and demonstrate at his church at a later date, only five people returned for the last protest. Those showing up decided to go and have coffee instead of protesting.
"I would say that's fizzled out," Jeffress concluded.
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