Political conspiracy theories helped fuel the Capitol Riot, and some continue to spread, even in the church. Now, key pastors are stepping up to condemn them as dangerous lies. The widespread growth of conspiracy theories in 2020 has affected or involved various churches, leading a number of prominent pastors to speak out, urging their followers to think carefully about what they believe, and what they post. Pastor Tony Suarez, one of President Trump’s faith advisors and a leader of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said it’s gone far enough. He called out specific conspiracy theories and asked those spreading them to apologize. “This is not the outcome I personally wanted. With that said, I cannot sit back and watch conspiracy after conspiracy be shared and not speak out,” he said on Facebook.
Suarez pointed out some of the big ones, saying, “In the last week specifically, untold numbers of text messages, phone calls, or different kinds of videos claimed everything from martial law to the Insurrection Act being enacted, and that President Trump was hiding in a military base in Texas.” “These conspiracies are simply that, conspiracies. There is no truth to them. I don’t blame those asking questions and even sharing the posts/emails, as I believe they do it out of sincere concern for the country but the producers of these emails and videos should not be trusted,” Suarez said. Southern Baptist spokesman Russell Moore said we shouldn’t be surprised by the growth of the misinformation. “It’s a good business model to keep people in a constant state of outrage and to frame every single issue as an apocalyptic moment,” Moore said.
Suarez says he supported election recounts and has no problem with pastors who did as well. Now, he says, it’s time to accept the election results. “At some point, we have to accept the results and move on and that’s difficult for some,” he said. As Wheaton College’s Ed Stetzer points out, Jesus is the truth, and when believers promote falsehoods or information without validation, they discredit the gospel. Stetzer said, “When we’re gullible and easily fooled it undermines our witness. It causes people to question our credibility.” Dr. Moore told pastors it’s easy to crave controversy and combat. But we’re called to be reasonable and avoid being driven by fear.
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