Michael Brown on No, It Was Not Jesus-Loving Evangelicals Who Vandalized the Capitol

In an important, probing article, David French claimed that “A violent Christian insurrection invaded and occupied the Capitol.” Is there truth to this serious charge?

He wrote, “Why do I say this was a Christian insurrection? Because so very many of the protesters told us they were Christian, as loudly and clearly as they could.”

He notes that there “was a giant wooden cross outside the Capitol” and adds that “‘Jesus saves’ signs and other Christian signs were sprinkled through the crowd. I watched a man carry a Christian flag into an evacuated legislative chamber.”

One of his colleagues pointed out “that Christian music was blaring from the loudspeakers late in the afternoon of the takeover. And don’t forget,” he wrote, “this attack occurred days after the so-called Jericho March, an event explicitly filled with Christian-nationalist rhetoric so unhinged that I warned on Dec. 13 that it embodied ‘a form of fanaticism that can lead to deadly violence.'”

French also points to some of the lies that helped fuel the fires of the storming of the Capitol, including: “America will end if Trump loses;” and, “The fate of the church is at stake if Joe Biden wins.”

Yet, as much as I agree with many of the concerns French raises, the article still paints a misleading picture. The fact that Christian music was playing at the big rally does not mean the violent attackers were Christians themselves—not, at least, in any true sense of the word.

This will be confirmed in the days to come, as virtually all of those arrested will be identified as members of white supremacist, white nationalist type groups. Not all, but virtually all.

The reason I say this is precisely because I share many of the concerns raised by French in terms of some real problems in the evangelical church today, especially in our white evangelical circles.

I also hold President Trump responsible for years of dangerous rhetoric that helped fuel the fires of hatred and mistrust that exploded in our nation’s Capitol. (For the record, I do not believe he should have been impeached once, let alone twice.)

But as an evangelical leader who is friends with quite a few prominent, evangelical Trump supporters, I know for a fact that these leaders and believers were appalled and shocked at what took place that fateful day.

One caller to my radio show told our listeners that he felt led by God to be at the event and to stand in front of the Capitol, starting at 9 a.m. All that day, in the freezing cold, he held up a flag saying, “We need You Lord.”

And he said that, for hours, as the handful of people there turned into tens and then hundreds, then thousands, the atmosphere was peaceful and prayerful. It was only when a bus arrived at 12:30 p.m. with a new group of people that things shifted, as they began to challenge the police and call for an attack.

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SOURCE: Charisma News

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