As one follows the news, there is hardly a day goes by without some Christian pastor or televangelist promoting the big lie that Biden stole the election. Pastor Greg Locke, head of the Baptist Global Vision Bible Church in Juliet, Tennessee, in his latest tirade called Biden a "fake president" during his Sunday service. As Newsweek reports: "He stole the election. I believe that until the day I die. I don't give two flips and a wooden nickel what anybody thinks about it. I don't care what you say about me. He's a liar, and a robber and a thief and a crook," Locke told his cheering supporters.
So much for the separation of church and state.
Pastor Greg Locke is only one voice of many. On January 5th, a group of Christians participated in the "Jerico March" on Washington DC. From the Religious News Service:
"A throng of religious supporters of President Donald Trump swathed in red, white and blue kicked off a “Jericho March” on Tuesday (Jan. 5), marching around the U.S. Capitol in imitation of the biblical account of Israelites besieging the city of Jericho in the Book of Joshua. Others wore “Make America Great Again” hats, waved flags featuring Trump’s name in giant block letters, held signs emblazoned with slogans such as “Donald v. Goliath” and brandished cardboard cutouts of the president’s face. As they marched, some spread their arms wide and closed their eyes as the mostly maskless group belted out a contemporary Christian hymn: “How Great Is Our God.”
"Fusing faith, nationalism and fervent Trump fandom, the event served as the religious expression of a broader conservative protest taking place in Washington this week, in which conservatives are voicing opposition to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory by espousing unfounded conspiracy theories about voter fraud."
According to a Reuters poll, over 50 percent of Republicans believe the BIG LIE. And the Christian evangelicals make up a sizable portion of that belief.
I acknowledge, however, that many Christians do not profess to believe in Trump or the BIG LIE. They should speak out more and not let a vocal minority control the bully pulpit.