A couple of weeks before he was involved in storming the United States Capitol, Tyler Ethridge wrote something on Facebook that was quite interesting. He asked if people were putting too much focus on electing Donald Trump and not evangelizing the lost. Shortly after saying that he was part of a mob that allegedly killed people and destroyed property. Is being part of a group that resorted to violence show that in the end Tyler gave up on the Gospel? That he no longer believed it could work, so he resorted to taking matters in his own hands by being part of a violent event?
“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
James 3:17-18 NIV
Our Washington, D.C. Pastor/Terrorist on January 6, 2021
This post is going to be shorter than the other one I got up yesterday. But I want to raise a serious question that gets to the heart of Christian nationalism. In looking at the Facebook post of Tyler Ethridge there is something that wanted to do a separate post on one topic. Before we get started look at what he wrote below.
Is This Facebook Post a Cry for Help? Or is This Someone Who Finally Gave Up on the Gospel?
So here is this guy who is infatuated with the prosperity gospel and Christian nationalism. Other posts suggest he might possibly be influenced by Q Anon and that is on top with him making Trumpism into a religion or faith movement. In addition Tyler it appears is regularly traveling from Texas to the Washington, D.C. area for Trump protests and other events. As a pastor he is very politically active, and the efforts he is going to also show his fanaticism. So amidst all that look at what he posted on December 19, 2020.
He is saying that if they are being more concerned with Trump’s election instead of evangelizing the lost then they are making a mistake. Is that post a rare opportunity of someone letting down their guard and being disillusioned with Christian nationalism? Is that post a rare cry for help in his own unique way? Is it also a post that those around him could not recognize that cry? Or is it part of being involved inside a cult?
Here’s the reality of what happened. After writing that post about two and a half weeks later he was part of a crowd that mobbed and broke into the United States Capitol. He was involved with a mob that murdered a police officer. He also engaged in federal trespassing as well. In the video which you can see in the following link, “Twitter/Facebook and Social Media. Lets Identify This Pastor Who Trespassed at the United States Capitol During the January 6 Riot” he also states that he will probably lose his job. In thinking about this I find myself asking the question. Did he give up on evangelicalism and his version of Christianity? I am thinking that could possibly be an answer. That when he was involved in storming the Capitol he gave up on his faith. Why do I say that? Because all the posts about changing in Jesus, etc.. were abandoned when he was part of the alleged group that stormed the Capitol. He shows that he no longer believes in the Gospel. That it lacks the power to change people. That people can’t change. So what he did was become involved in an event that was violent and led to a loss of life and property destruction. His resorting to become part of a mob that resorted to violence shows that eh gave up on the Gospel. He no longer believes that Jesus can change people. That’s how I look and what he wrote on Facebook and shape it up with how he behaved a couple of weeks later.