Many American pastors, including particularly evangelical or fundamentalist pastors have endorsed Trump since 2015 and continue to do so, reinforcing Trump’s view that he could kill people and not lose support. On January 6, 2021 that was clearly demonstrated. The only difference is that Trump did not have to do the actual killing or fighting. Like a true Mafia Don he just asked his followers to do it and they followed his instructions. Trump asked them to fight to defend the country and they did exactly that.
One of the American pastors was conservative evangelical pastor Greg Lock the founder of Global Vision Bible Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. He wrote this in his book This Means War, ““We are one election away from losing everything we hold dear.” The battle, Locke continued, is “against everything evil and wicked in the world.” Thomas Edsall of the New York Times interpreted these remarks this way: “It is a rallying of the troops of God’s holy army. This is our day. This is our time. This means something for the Kingdom. As a matter of fact, THIS MEANS WAR.”
The day before the riot at the capitol Greg Locke tweeted his faithful followers in a manner not unlike Trump but with religious language:
“May the fire of the Holy Spirit fall upon Washington DC today and tomorrow. May the Lamb of God be exalted. Let God arise and His enemies be brought low.”
Obviously, these are not the views of all Christians, but frankly I am shocked by how many feel this way. I wonder if police are considering charging any of these pastors with inciting violence. Their language is certainly incendiary.
Sometimes the marriage of politics and religion breeds monsters.