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One Year After the Capitol Riot, Many Evangelicals Deny Its Significance

Moore went on to say that while evangelicals have been fairly reactionary when it comes to issues like gay marriage, the idea of sharia law, and pandemic restrictions on church gatherings, their reaction to an armed assault on a democratic political institution has been lukewarm at best. 

“Many sectors of evangelicalism have become apocalyptic about everything but the actual Apocalypse,” Moore wrote. “​​Such is the sign not of a post-Christian culture but of a post-Christian Christianity, not of a secularizing society but of a paganizing church.”

Other Christian leaders have also been reflecting not only on the implications of the Capitol riot but also on the significance of evangelical responses to it. 

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“In American politics today, when someone associated with our tribe does something detestable, instead of being humbled and acknowledging it, we become more defiant and more irrational,” said Christian author and activist Justin Giboney. “The Republican base’s response to #January6th is the height of that reality. It’s sickening.”

“The images of Jan. 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol are more than enough to awaken Christian citizens in America to the fact that we are a nation in political crisis,” said Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “That political crisis points to an even more basic moral crisis, which Christians know is really a spiritual crisis.”

“January 6th was historic for many reasons, of course, but seeing people pray in Jesus’ name—on the floor of a breached senate and house chamber—is seared into my memory,” said Ed Stetzer, Editor-in-Chief of Outreach Magazine. “That day was many things, but it should also be a wake up call for Christians that some in our movement have been led astray by myths, conspiracies, and ungodly rage.”

“Far too many Christians are still being discipled by their cable news and spiritually shaped by their social media. There is still work to do,” Stetzer said.

RELATED: Ed Stetzer: The Church and Donald Trump: We Need Christ at the Center of Our Services, Not Democrats, Republicans or Any Other Politician

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Dale Chamberlain (M.Div) is the Content Manager for ChurchLeaders.com. He is also a blogger and podcaster who is passionate about helping people tackle ancient truths in everyday settings. He lives in Southern California with his wife Tamara and their two sons.