Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson appeared in Washington D.C. on Monday to address a group gathered at the National Action Network's "Ministers' March for Justice." He told those in attendance the reason he believed President Donald Trump "would not qualify to get into Jesus' kingdom."
An event page created for the March described its intention.
"The Department of Justice and the current Administration are undermining Dr. King’s Dream," the organization said. "We are marching to reaffirm that religious leaders will recommit to being at the forefront of social justice and civil rights."
The March was also held to allow citizens to participate in "grassroots efforts to hold Attorney General Sessions accountable for all peoples' civil rights."
In his speech, Jackson said, "Trump says you must be able to speak the language English [to be] qualified and have a job skill."
"Jesus would not qualify to come in Trump's country. And [Trump] would not qualify to get into Jesus' kingdom," he added.
Jackson then paraphrased bible verses from Matthew 25:35-36 in order to give credence to his claim.
Matthew 25:35-36 says, "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."
Jackson used Matthew 25:35-36 to rationalize a situation in which he believed Trump would be turned away from the gates of heaven.
In the verse Jackson quoted, Jesus' words explain that His followers should help those in need.
Other verses applicable to this particular circumstance, however, might include Romans 3:23, which says that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Matthew 7:1-2 says, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
Another meaningful verse on the topic of judgment is Romans 2:1-3.
"You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things," Scripture says.
The verse continues, "Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?"
In the Bible, Jesus spoke explicitly about entering the kingdom of heaven.
In one instance, John 3:3 says, "Jesus replied, 'Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.'"
What is the National Action Network and the 'Ministers' March for Justice' anyway?
The Ministers' March for Justice is an event sponsored by the National Action Network, which is a civil rights organization that was established in 1991 by Rev. Al Sharpton.
According to the organization's web page, the National Action Network "works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender."
The organization offers support and activism for voter protection, criminal justice, anti-violence, corporate responsibility, and education, among other social causes.
The Ministers' March for Justice urges a call to action for clergy to "commit to amplifying ... messages centered on the social justice agenda."
An ad on the web page added that another aim of the March is to recommit "people of faith and conscience to [Martin Luther King Jr's] dream."