UPDATE: This story has been updated to include a reponse from Pastor Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump's evangelical advisers.
Several Christian politicians, authors, and ethicists have been speaking out against President Donald Trump choosing to describe some poverty-stricken nations as "s***hole countries," by pointing out that Jesus Christ himself came from an unglamorous town.
The Washington Post reported that Trump was in a meeting at the Oval Office in the White House with several Republicans and Democrats during immigration negotiations, when he said, "Why are we having all these people from s---hole countries come here?"
The expletive was made in reference to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations making use of a temporary protected status program.
What is more, Trump said that he would prefer people from countries like Norway to come to America instead.
Trump attempted to shed light on his comments in a tweet on Friday, where he wrote in part: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country."
Trump's use of a vulgar term to refer to the above-mentioned nations did not sit will with several prominent Christian voices, however, who spoke out on social media.
Here are six notable reactions.
1. Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush, a Roman Catholic and former Governor of Florida, wrote on Twitter on Thursday:
"For every one step forward @POTUS takes when it comes to judgement and good, coherent policy decisions, he Inexplicably and without fail takes ten steps back. I hope today's comments were just a crass and flippant mistake, and do not reflect the hateful racism they imply."
Bush added that the U.S. should not be looking down on people based on where they are from.
"We need comprehensive immigration reform that reflects our values as a country and recognizes our economic needs," he argued.
"This requires a merit-based system that attracts talented, freedom-loving individuals from across the globe, whether they are from Haiti, Norway or anywhere else."
2. Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio, a Cuban American and junior Senator for Florida, did not refer to Trump's remark directly, but also said that there should not be discrimination based on where people come from.
"In a skills based economy, we can no longer decide who we allow to immigrate here primarily based on what country they are coming from," Rubio said in a first of seven tweets on the topic.
"The decision on whether to allow someone to immigrate here should be based primarily on who they are, not where they are coming from," he added.
"We should evaluate immigrants based on WHO they are & not on the problems that exist in the nation of their birth," Rubio continued, pointing out that Florida is home to many people from troubled nations, such as Haiti and El Salvador, who contribute to the American economy "through hard work and entrepreneurship."
3. Russell Moore
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, reminded Twitter users that Jesus also had very humble beginnings.
"Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?
"Come and see," he wrote, quoting a conversation in John 1 in the Bible that refers to Christ.
In another post, the ethicist added: "The church of Jesus Christ is led by, among others, our brothers and sisters from Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. They are us."
4. National Council of Churches
The National Council of Churches said that the "s***hole countries" remark is "deeply disturbing."
"Further, President Trump's stated preference for immigrants from nations such as Norway, combined with numerous other comments he has made over past years, reveals a deep-seated racism that is unacceptable. These attitudes must be publicly rejected by all people of faith. The very soul of our nation is at stake," NCC warned in its statement.
The organization demanded that Trump "renounce his reprehensible views and apologize to the people he has demeaned through this likewise reprehensible language."
NCC, which claims to represent 40 million individuals from various Christian denominations, added, "We not only stand in solidarity with the noble people of Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa, we welcome those who immigrate to the United States from all countries of the world. We urge assistance to refugees."
"As followers of Jesus the Christ, himself a resident of and refugee from a poor and marginalized country, we ask everyone to join us, to act now, to unite, and to end racism," the organization urged.
5. Rod Dreher
Rod Dreher, an Eastern Orthodox Christian author and senior editor at The American Conservative, said that while he finds nothing wrong with any country deciding "what kind of immigrants it wants to let in," Trump's remarks turn the discussion into something different.
"That's not what this controversy is about. It's about our vulgar president's contempt for entire nations full of poor, non-white human beings," Dreher wrote.
The author called on major conservative Christian leaders who have praised Trump, such as Jerry Falwell Jr., Robert Jeffress, Franklin Graham, and others, to respond to such rhetoric.
"Other nations of the world — nations where you can find lots of people who pray to the same God as Messrs. Falwell, Jeffress, and Graham, and where lots of churches have supported missionary efforts for decades — are, to our authentic, successful, down-to-earth president, nothing but s***holes that produce the kind of garbage people we don't want in America," he wrote.
"The thing speaks for itself..."
Dreher later added, "If Trump had said, 'We need to consider the kinds of immigrants we allow into this country, and make sure we are favoring those with skills America needs' — nobody would have said a critical word. But he used a vulgarism, and by contrasting it with 'Norway' — which, as someone pointed out, is not a skill — left himself wide-open to plausible accusations of racism."
6. Robert Jeffress
Pastor Robert Jeffress, one of Trump's evangelical advisers who leads First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, released this statement in response to Trump's controversial remarks:
"Apart from the vocabulary attributed to him, President Trump is right on target in his policy.
"As individual Christians, we have a biblical responsibility to place the needs of others above our own, but as Commander-in-Chief, President Trump has the constitutional responsibility to place the interests of our nation above the needs of other countries.
"I'm grateful we have a President like Donald Trump who clearly understands that distinction and has the courage to protect the well-being of our nation."