At the end of the Sunday 12/12/10 First Baptist Dallas morning worship service, addressing his congregation Robert Jeffress stood firm and did not back off from his idea of having the "Grinch Alert" website. He said his stand on Christmas with this web site is part of what Christians must do to stem the premature decay of society, and that he is not willing "to wave the white flag of surrender and give our country over to the atheists and the infidels and the unbelievers."
True to form, he got a standing ovation of support from his congregation after his statement. In case you didn't know, all mega church pastors in the history of Christianity have gotten standing ovations when they have to explain that what they did in the past week which embarrassed themselves and their church was actually all for Jesus.
Here are some quotes from Jeffress' statement to his church (if you want to listen to his entire statement, click here, and go to the 12/12/10 sermon and go to the very end):
"In some ways I wasn't surprised [at the controversy]. I expect the atheists, the unbelievers, the infidels to be that way....if Alan Combes [liberal radio host] is against it I know I'm doing the right thing."
He then expressed concern that some conservative, evangelical Christians have expressed negative feedback on his idea.
"I realize saying Merry Christmas, putting up a Christmas tree isn't going to get anyone into heaven...but I also believe - and I put this in the same category as I do working to keep "In God We Trust" on our coins, saying prayers at public meetings, allowing the Ten Commandments to be displayed in the classroom or in the court room. None of those things is going to save anybody. But I believe our nation overall is going be healthier as a nation with a public acknowledgement of God than we are if we allow the secularists, the atheists, the infidels to remove any mention of God from our public arena, and that's why I'm doing this."
Those darned infidels who aren't saying Merry Christmas! Everyone - get the pitchforks and torches! Off with their heads! Recant, recant you infidels!!
He then mentioned that Jesus declared Christians to be the "salt of the earth", and that salt was a preservative in Jesus' day.
"We want to do everything we can to keep this culture from rotting prematurely.... I don't know about other people, and apparently other people don't agree, but I am not willing to wave the white flag of surrender and give our country over to the atheists and the infidels and the unbelievers. I think there is still time for us to do something, so, that is why I'm doing this."
Yes, Christians absolutely are to be the salt, spreading the Word and standing for right. But that doesn't include making a big deal out of businesses making the choice of saying "Happy Holidays" versus "Merry Christmas". This is not the same as gay rights, or abortion, or keeping "In God We Trust" on the coins. In fact, to suggest that it does, diminishes these other important cultural stances that we take, and makes us look petty and ignorant.
And his last statement as his peeps rose to their feet to give him the customary standing ovation deserved by all mega church pastors: "I think there is still time for us to do something..."
Yes, there still is time to something, like construct a computerized fountain to architecturally lead the infidels and atheists and unbelievers to Jesus, else waterboard them in the fountain until they confess.