Tulsa Pastors, Religious Leaders Concerned About U.S. Capitol Riot

Friday, January 15th 2021, 4:54 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. -

Some Tulsa Pastors said what we saw at the U.S. Capitol last week is what they call a rise in "Christian nationalism" and antisemitism.

The senior pastor at Boston Avenue is just one of many religious leaders concerned that people are willing to commit crimes and justify it as a stand for religion.

Other pastors worry the symbols of Christianity are being hijacked in a political movement, and that Christians are being duped into believing false claims about the election.

Before the attack on the Capitol, there were crosses and Christian flags carried by some protestors in the crowd.

Those images and the blending of religion into a political protest that turned into a deadly riot has worried Tulsa Reverend Andy Campbell.

Campbell preached a whole sermon on it last week; he cautioned people that some of the rioters at the Capitol will be back in the pews this week.

"We need to be soul searching and see how we have been complicit in bringing this division and anger around, and [w]hat have we done to maintain these structures that led to this," said Rev. Campbell. "I think the church needs a reckoning and soul searching to say, we played a part, or maybe even worse, we stayed silent."

Reverend Campbell isn't as worried about Christian nationalism killing politics, he's concerned about it damaging the church and everyone connected to it.