It used to be that people could count on receiving comfort and hearing the Word of God from those in leadership positions of faith-based communities. Gun control wasn’t on the agenda.
However, today if you are familiar with the sermons of Jonathan L. Walton you may know that liberal politics will be a part of the service.
On Tuesday during a morning prayer service at “Harvard The Memorial Church,” sounding more like the words from the Liberal Left’s playbook rather than those found in the Bible, Walton spoke to the congregation and described the National Rifle Association as a “domestic terrorist organization”.
Walton said in part:
“Congress must act. No more slogans. Guns in the hands of good guys are not stopping the bad guys. No more hiding behind anachronistic appeals to the second amendment. We are not talking about muskets and bayonets, but killing machines that the founders could have never imagined. And please stop with the racialized red herring about Chicago, as if those who love to cite violence on that city’s Southside give a damn about the hell these people are catching each day. It is time to stop the madness and excuses. We have to have the courage to call the NRA exactly what it has become—a domestic terrorist organization that places profit above the lives of the American people.”
“If Congress is unwilling to act, then this nation should just own our sick and twisted reality. Mass shootings will just become a part of the quotidian fabric of American life — a sad, but an unsurprising event. Thus, don’t ask me to pray. Don’t ask me to hold a vigil for victims. Nor will I light any more candles.”
He also implied that if America didn’t choose to implement gun control to stop the mass shootings then God would turn His back on them like He promised the prophet Isaiah:
“When you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.”
It is unclear which interpretation of the Bible Walton used to support his claim that God will exact punishment against those who do not obey Walton’s liberal stance concerning gun control.
Walton’s tweets also don’t always appear to reflect God’s Word.
On Monday following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history in Las Vegas, Walton tweeted: “I’m done asking the Lord to “Have Mercy.” Prayer vigils in response to mass-shootings have lost meaning. This nation is sick. #GunControlNow.”
I am done asking the Lord to “Have Mercy.” 🙏🏾 vigils in response to mass-shootings have lost meaning. This nation is sick. 😔#GunControlNow
— Jonathan L. Walton (@jonathanlwalton) October 2, 2017
Another tweet from Walton seems to fall short in terms of “showing love” to others.
While we have all been guilty of falling short of showing the love of God at times, shouldn’t a faith based leader strive to reflect God’s love at all times, in or out of the pulpit?
Walton in replying to President Donald Trump’s tweet about Puerto Rico in which Trump said”…want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job,” Walton tweeted:
“These words reflect supercilious contempt for brown folk and an unconscionable tolerance for brown suffering; i.e. he’s a white supremacist.”
These words reflect supercilious contempt for brown folk and an unconscionable tolerance for brown suffering; i.e. he's a white supremacist! https://t.co/F3ARa5PUM4
— Jonathan L. Walton (@jonathanlwalton) September 30, 2017
Calling the President a “white supremacist”? Claiming that Trump has “contempt for brown folk and an unconscionable tolerance for brown suffering”? Both statements seem highly judgmental and presumptuous. Certainly not what I would label as “loving”.
If Walton has more words of “love” to share, I can hardly wait to hear the recorded “sermon series” on “Love Before Leadership.”
— Harvard MemChurch (@MemChurch) September 28, 2017
Perhaps a little more love and a little less liberal agenda is in order.
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