And I thought only Jesus Christ was going to do that! It was a little over a week ago at the National Action Network’s “Ministers March For Justice” that Jackson said that “Donald Trump would not qualify to get into Jesus’ kingdom.” I’m assuming he’s referring to heaven.
Now, I don’t want to get into a really large religious argument here. I respect whatever you believe in, but I certainly have my own beliefs when it comes to what it will take to enter the Pearly Gates. Jackson was referring to Donald Trump’s immigration clause that would make incoming immigrants speak English. His comment basically said that Jesus would not be welcome in America because Jesus spoke Aramaic, not English. Well, that’s a far cry from saying that Donald Trump wouldn’t qualify to get into Jesus’ kingdom!
Now, I know Christian religions differ quite a bit as to what it takes to get into heaven. Catholics believe that it takes “good works” as well as faith. Evangelicals believe more along the lines of Romans 10:9 which basically says, “If you believe that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved”. Other sects have differing views of what it takes.
And I know Jesse Jackson professes to be a Christian. He is, after all a Baptist minister. I’m not quite sure how the Baptists “qualify” you to get into heaven, but I’m pretty sure that speaking a language isn’t a requirement.
This is just another political statement from someone that probably is better off not getting into politics. I love my pastor, and his words are very inspiring and meaningful to me, and I would hope, regardless how you worship, you have the same feeling. But my pastor’s words aren’t filled with hate. Jesse Jackson’s words are political and hate-filled. By his own words, he has condemned Donald Trump to hell, and quite frankly, according to my beliefs there is only one source that will condemn any of us to hell and it’s Jesus Christ during Judgement Day. Has Jackson even read The Revelation?
Too often in this country we try to mix politics and religion. I would think that most of the time…maybe not all of the time, it’s best not to let the two intertwine. Politics is dirty and partisan. Religion is pure and open. I think when the Founding Fathers gave us separation of church and state, they did so for two reasons. The first is that we don’t need to have government telling us how to worship…after all, that is in our Constitution. Second, I think when you mix politics and worship, you end up with politics not being on the level of religion (it can never be elevated to that stature), and you’ve tainted religion. That’s a lesson Jesse Jackson should learn.
Well, one more lesson Jesse Jackson should learn that took me a VERY long time to learn…you don’t judge other people as to whether they are going to heaven or hell. Someone more powerful, and certainly more qualified than either you, or me, or Jesse already has that job!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!