The Washington Post is profiling some of the people who sacked the Capitol in a terrorist attack. The newspaper looked at Leonard Guthrie Jr, an evangelical from New Jersey. Leonard talked about how evangelicals have been silenced, aggrieved and implied persecuted. This blog is not going to shed a tear for this guy when the legal system goes after this blithering fool. Uf Leonard represents evangelicalism no wonder the movement is jacked up.
“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.“
When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place.
6 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Psalm 118:5-6 NIV
I am working on a post about Eric Metaxas and the radicalization of American evangelicals. I am hoping to get it up later tonight or tomorrow by the latest. I’ve had to do quite a bit of research on the topic. Meanwhile I saw something in the Washington Post that gave me pause. The newspaper is starting to profile some of the people who sacked the Capitol. At this blog they will be considered terrorists. But you can read those profiles at, “The Capitol mob: A raging collection of grievances and disillusionment.” It appears that there were some evangelicals who engaged in the sacking of the Capitol because they believed they were being persecuted or aggrieved. The Washington Post told the story of Leonard Guthrie Jr of New Jersey. Below is what the Post reported and I will have some thoughts on what they said.
Many attendees described a type of fervor they felt that drew them to the Capitol. For 48-year-old Leonard Guthrie Jr., it manifested in his faith in the Lord. The Cape May, N.J., resident hasn’t often been well enough to work since having two surgeries on his back. In the absence of employment, he has heavily leaned into his Christian beliefs and conservative political views.
When he heard about the “Stop the Steal” rally, Guthrie thought he could combine his two passions. If he and other Christians had been able to pray outside while senators voted inside, he feels certain it would have changed their votes. “I know it would have,” he said.
So despite the misfiring nerves in his back that made sitting in a car for hours a painful endeavor, he made the journey. And for him, it ended in the D.C. jail. He said he broke through a police barrier to reach the U.S. Capitol steps and readily admits his transgressions, bluntly saying: “I broke the law.”
Still, he feels aggrieved. “We’ve been silenced for so long,” he said. “For years, because I voted for Trump, I’m called a racist, a Nazi, a bigot and all that stuff, and it’s not right.”
An Evangelical Aggrieved in the United States?!?
My jaw dropped when I read that about Leonard Guthrie Jr. So he’s unable to work but he can rush barricades and storm the capitol?! Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!! Remember what I said about personal responsibility, this is a good example. This blog has long thought that some evangelicals are delusional about prayer. So you think you can commit a crime so you can pray? This just flabbergasts me. And pay attention to what he tells the newspaper in the end. “We’ve been silenced for so long...” What type of delusional mind says that? Who has silenced Leonard? And told him that he can’t speak? Who has tried to silence him and other evangelicals? Evangelicals long deal with alterative facts and this is a guy who has bought into that belief system. But consider the following. “For years, because I voted for Trump, I’m called a racist, a Nazi, a bigot and all that stuff, and it’s not right.” So he wonders why people think evangelicals are bigots? He goes to a rally that has Neo-Nazis and right wing militias. The Proud Boys are in attendance, and keep in mind that there has been a long record of racist behavior going back to Charlottesville. And Leonard is wondering why people are calling him a racist, and Nazi? How many of your friends go to events where Neo-Nazis are in attendance? This is kind of like a Nazi participating in Kristallnacht in 1938 Germany destroying property and rioting and then afterward saying, “But they’re calling us Nazis, and bigots!!” Maybe this is too harsh but is the light bulb on up stairs?
The fact that he feels aggrieved reveals how many evangelicals are so privileged in the United States. Leonard wouldn’t know persecution if he saw it. The fact that he feels so aggrieved is warped. Evangelicals in the United States have it beyond good when one considers what Christians are enduring in other parts of the world. But how pathetic is reading that in the Post? An evangelical in a first world nation feeling aggrieved. Oh you poor bastard. Now you are going to pay for your consequences. Hopefully his legal record will follow him and prevent employment. And then there is this blog post that will also follow him around. And for his engaging in domestic terrorism this blog is not going to shed a tear. I have said all I want to say about Leonard Guthrie Jr.