Christian Leaders React to the Insurrection at the Capitol Building

It’s hard to put into words exactly what went down during Wednesday’s mass chaos in Washington D.C., an attempted insurrection incited by the President against sitting lawmakers that left one woman dead after being shot by Capitol police and three others dead from medical emergencies. The word “unprecedented” gets thrown around a lot but it is hard to think of an American comparison here. The buildup to this moment has been long and, of course, predicted but nevertheless, the State of the Union is fragile.

Christian leaders from across the political and ideological spectrum weighed in with their thoughts, which were unusually relevant to the situation. The people who stormed the Capitol building did so with “JESUS 2020” signs, “In God We Trust” banners and one enormous cross. It was a Christian Nationalist endeavor from bottom to top, a violent mob adorned in a pop Christian aesthetic. Christians have a responsibility to speak up against a violent movement LARPing as the Church, and some Christian leaders are doing just that.

Jemar Tisby, author

Dr. Derwin Gray, pastor and author

 

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Beth Moore, author and preacher

Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

Via the Gospel Coalition:

But enough is enough—and indeed was enough a long time ago. It will take decades to rebuild from the wreckage in this country. But, as Christians, we can start now—just by not being afraid to say what is objectively the truth. Joe Biden has been elected president. Millions of babies are being aborted. The pandemic is real. So is racial injustice—both personal and systemic. So is the sexual abuse of women and children. If Christians are people of truth, we ought to be the first to acknowledge reality.

Jen Hatmaker, author

 

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Rick Warren, Pastor

Shane Claiborne, Author and Activist

JOHNNYSWIM, Artists

Mark Batterson, pastor and author

 

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Dr. Esau McCaulley, author

 

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Sam Collier, pastor and author

 

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Eugene Cho, author, pastor and president of Bread for the World

 

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Tedashii, artist

 

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Jon Foreman, artist, lead singer of Switchfoot

Carlos Whittaker, author and speaker

Ashley Eiland, author and pastor

Max Lucado, pastor and author

Jo Saxton, author and speaker

Priscilla Shirer, author and speaker

Austin Channing Brown, author

Kirk Franklin, recording artist

Dr. Tony Evans, author and pastor

Jemar Tisby, author and speaker

Eric Mason, author and pastor

RELEVANT will update this list as more statements come in.

 

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