Warnock condemns Capitol rioters in post-election sermon

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.“Just as we were trying to put on our celebration shoes, the ugly side of our story, our great and grand American story, began to emerge,” Warnock stated 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 and 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 lots of different officers have been injured. A lady from California was shot to demise by Capitol Police and three different folks died after medical emergencies throughout the chaos.“We saw the crude, the angry, the disrespectful, and the violent break their way into the people’s house — some carrying Confederate flags, signs and symbols of an old world order passing away,” Warnock stated.When white supremacism is challenged, “sometimes it responds violently and desperately,” he stated.Before final Tuesday’s election, Georgia had by no means elected a Black American to signify the state within the Senate, regardless that near one-third of its residents are Black. Once sworn in, Warnock will grow to be solely the 11th Black senator seated in historical past.“There is fantastic opportunity and fierce opposition. And it reminds us that there is still a whole lot of work to do,” stated the 51-year-old pastor.Sunday’s sermon confirmed Warnock falling again on a prophetic custom of the Black American church through which preachers weave Scripture with criticisms of racism, militarism and poverty.Story continues“The violent are trying to take the kingdom by force,” Warnock stated, preaching from Scriptures that allude to tensions between individuals who, by God’s objective, acquire equality and individuals who oppose that equality.“The question this day is, will you stand on the side of righteousness, justice and truth, or will you give in to the ugly demons of our nature?” Warnock stated.He additionally criticized the regulation enforcement response to the Capitol siege, in addition to an obvious racial double normal within the response by police final summer time to Black Lives Matter protesters.The insurrectionists “were not protesters, they were rioters,” Warnock stated. “They were handled with kid gloves.”In a name for unity, he stated, “It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or Republican. If you look with an honest eye at the history of this country and see this moment, you must know that this is a glimpse of God’s vision, of a more inclusive humanity that embraces all of God’s children.”Warnock added: “I just want to be a prism of God’s glory, so that God’s glory might shine through me.”____Morrison reported from New York City. He is a member of the AP’s Race and Ethnicity workforce. Follow him on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/aaronlmorrison.