Bible teacher, speaker and author Beth Moore took to Twitter this morning to speak out against this weekend’s mass shootings, particularly the one in El Paso that appears to have been motivated by racism and a hatred of immigrants.
She wrote, “Any ‘Christ’ that can be invoked in support of white nationalism is a false Christ of the highest, most hellish order. An anti-Christ. A wholly-opposite christ. No such christ is the Christ Jesus of Scripture who taught His followers a love that sacrifices life & limb for others.”
Moore continued, “Let it be known, let it be declared by genuine followers of Jesus, that the man who opened fire in El Paso may invoke a christ of some kind but it is NOT our Christ. His christ would be unrecognizable to us. Unrecognizable in Scripture. We claim no christ of white nationalism.”
The shooter, who killed 20 people and injured dozens more, appears to have written a manifesto, detailing his white supremacist views. According to CNN, the Justice Department is “seriously considering” bringing hate crime charges against him; authorities are treating the attack as an act of domestic terrorism. A witness of the shooting told The El Paso Times that he “saw alleged shooter Patrick Crusius allow White and African-American shoppers out of the building while he targeted Hispanic shoppers.”
In another tweet, Moore told Christian leaders that they must speak out against racism.
“Christian leaders, LEAD,” she wrote. “Do not shrink back in cowardice. Be bold. Be clear. Do not assume people know where you stand. History will prove this to be a most critical hour and our silence to have been our shameful complicity.”