Does the Bible Give Trump Moral Authority to Attack North Korea?

As tensions mount between the United States and North Korea, some have questioned the moral and theological implications of a potential war with the tyrannical state. Pacifists would claim that God forbids all killing, even in self-defense, and war-mongerers would say “Nuke ’em, baby!”

Cutting into the debate this week was Texas mega-church pastor Robert Jeffress, an evangelical advisor to President Trump, who said that the Bible gives our President moral authority to “take out” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“When it comes to how we should deal with evildoers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil,” Jeffress said. “In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.”

.@robertjeffress: “The Bible gives @POTUS the moral authority to use whatever force necessary… to take out an evildoer like Kim Jong-un.” — Fox News (@FoxNews) 5:22 PM – Aug 9, 2017

The passage Jeffress cites is Romans 13, which states: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”