When it comes to eternal life in heaven, persons of the Christian faith cite verses of scripture like Romans 10:10, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”, or John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” as the basis for their belief.
It’s pretty foundational stuff so one would assume that an individual who bears the title of “Pastor”, or “Bishop”, or some another such name given those who are learned in the scriptures and are charged with instructing others in them would be pretty solid on the topic.
One such title, “Reverend”, has been worn by Jesse Jackson seemingly since there’s been a Jesse Jackson. You’d think the “Reverend” Jackson would know the Christian principle of admittance into heaven being faith in Christ only, entry denied based solely on denial of Christ. Yet in a speech given at a rally this week Mr. Jackson seems to have opened the door for alternative paths if not for everyone then at least for Donald Trump.
On Monday Jackson and another faux-reverend, Al Sharpton, held a protest they called “The One Thousand Ministers For Justice” march in Washington DC. Apparently they didn’t come very close to one thousand ministers and nobody, not even the liberal media establishment, even bothered to cover the event. (That’s how insignificant these two race-hustlers have become.)
Not content to stick strictly to policy or to preaching scripture, in his turn at the podium, Jackson made the following proclamation, “Trump says you must be able to speak the language of English, [be] qualified, and have a job skill. Jesus would not qualify to come in Trump’s country—he would not qualify to get into Jesus’ kingdom.”
See for yourself:
Ignorance level – stunning.
Jesus would not have qualified to come in Trump’s country because he didn’t speak English? Did English exist during Jesus’ day? Because he didn’t have a job skill? Might want to brush up on your New Testament there, “reverend.” Its made pretty plain (in both the books of Matthew and Mark) that Jesus was a carpenter. A trade skill that’s currently quite employable in the USA.
Jackson, who was once an outspoken pro-life advocate, has of course flipped his stance and now publicly supports what he refers to as a “woman’s right of self determination“, making one wonder how he squares his public position with his supposed belief in and support of the 139th Psalm. How he squares his staunch support of homosexual marriage with the first chapter of the book of Romans?
Other examples abound. The point being, ministers picking and choosing which scriptures to believe and which to ignore, playing God, and taking it upon themselves to determine who is worthy and who is not has always been a dangerous practice.
Of course this is what he’s saying now. When it was expedient, Jackson had nothing but praise for Donald Trump, as this video from the 1990’s shows.
Since you’ve decided to make yourself Trump’s eternal arbiter, Jesse, you may want to heed Matthew 7:2, “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.“
[NOTE: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn, Founder and Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives, and a speaker, author, columnist and analyst for multiple print and broadcast media outlets. Follow him on Facebook and at RMBlackConservatives.com.]