The Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church the place Martin Luther King Jr. as soon as preached, says the mob was ‘the ugly aspect’ of the American story.
In his first sermon since being declared a winner in Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff election, the Rev. Raphael Warnock on Sunday addressed final week’s lethal Capitol Hill riot that every one however overshadowed his historic victory.
“Simply as we had been attempting to placed on our celebration footwear, the ugly aspect of our story, our nice and grand American story, started to emerge,” Warnock mentioned in a 30-minute message broadcast from Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, the place the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as soon as preached.
On Wednesday, simply hours earlier than wins by Warnock, Ebenezer’s senior pastor, and fellow Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff helped flip the Senate to Democratic management, 1000’s in a principally white insurrectionist mob breached U.S. Capitol safety in an try to disrupt Congress from certifying the Nov. three election victory for President-elect Joe Biden.
A Capitol Police officer died after he was hit within the head with a fireplace extinguisher as rioters descended on the constructing and plenty of different officers had been injured. A girl from California was shot to dying by Capitol Police and three different folks died after medical emergencies throughout the chaos.
“We noticed the crude, the indignant, the disrespectful, and the violent break their method into the folks’s home — some carrying Accomplice flags, indicators and symbols of an outdated world order passing away,” Warnock mentioned.
When white supremacism is challenged, “generally it responds violently and desperately,” he mentioned.
RELATED: A number of GOP senators urge Trump to resign after Capitol riot
RELATED: David Perdue concedes Senate race to Jon Ossoff
RELATED: Raphael Warnock’s Capitol arrest from 2017 again in highlight after riots
Earlier than final Tuesday’s election, Georgia had by no means elected a Black American to symbolize the state within the Senate, despite the fact that near one-third of its residents are Black. As soon as sworn in, Warnock will turn into solely the 11th Black senator seated in historical past.
“There may be improbable alternative and fierce opposition. And it reminds us that there’s nonetheless an entire lot of labor to do,” mentioned the 51-year-old pastor.
Sunday’s sermon confirmed Warnock falling again on a prophetic custom of the Black American church by which preachers weave Scripture with criticisms of racism, militarism and poverty.
“The violent try to take the dominion by pressure,” Warnock mentioned, preaching from Scriptures that allude to tensions between individuals who, by God’s function, achieve equality and individuals who oppose that equality.
“The query today is, will you stand on the aspect of righteousness, justice and reality, or will you give in to the ugly demons of our nature?” Warnock mentioned.
He additionally criticized the legislation enforcement response to the Capitol siege, in addition to an obvious racial double commonplace within the response by police final summer season to Black Lives Matter protesters.
The insurrectionists “weren’t protesters, they had been rioters,” Warnock mentioned. “They had been dealt with with child gloves.”
In a name for unity, he mentioned, “It doesn’t matter if you happen to’re a Democrat or Republican. In case you look with an sincere eye on the historical past of this nation and see this second, you have to know that this can be a glimpse of God’s imaginative and prescient, of a extra inclusive humanity that embraces all of God’s youngsters.”
Warnock added: “I simply need to be a prism of God’s glory, in order that God’s glory may shine by way of me.”