National Association of Evangelicals Denounces Capitol Hill Riots as ‘Insurrection’

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) is denouncing the violent riots that took place on Capitol Hill Wednesday, calling what unfolded an “insurrection.”

Images emerging from that day show some in the mob holding crosses or signs displaying faith based messages.

In a new statement, the NAE said it’s drawing a line and those who engaged in the violence aren’t representative of Christ’s teachings.

“Followers of Jesus are peacemakers. Some images from the protests demonstrate a disturbing conflation of Christianity and a nationalist ideology that is far from the way of Jesus,” the statement reads. “Christians are commanded to seek the peace of the cities where they live, to love their enemies, to seek unity and to proclaim a message of peace.”

Their statement went on to say the mob at the Capitol was provoked by leaders like President Trump who have employed conspiracy theories for political gain.

Dr. Ed Stetzer of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College said Christians have fallen prey to such conspiracy theories because of an “echo chamber promoting ideas that are unmoored from reality.”

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