MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Many rioters had signs representing their faith at the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday; however leaders from the Southern Baptist Convention, the world’s largest Baptist denomination, are condemning the actions of the rioters.
On Friday, Southern Baptist Convention leader Russell Moore called for the president to resign in a tweet.
“Mr. President, people are dead. The Capitol is ransacked. There are 12 dangerous days for our country left. Could you please step down and let our country heal,” the tweet read.
Moore is the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) -- an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns.
We reached out to the ERLC for further comment and received the following statement from their chief of staff: “What we all witnessed on Wednesday was nothing short of a moral abomination. Five people have lost their lives. Our nation has sustained deep wounds that must be allowed to heal and that is what led to Dr. Moore’s statement this morning.”
Local pastor and activist Earle Fisher says it’s time for religious leaders to weigh in on Wednesday’s deadly riot.
“I want to know what white pastors who have supported this administration through their theological presentations and black pastors who have sided with them, I want to know what they have to say now,” Fisher said.
According to the Southern Baptist Convention website, there are several hundred churches in the Mid-South part of that denomination.
Steve Gaines, pastor of one of the largest churches in Shelby County, Bellevue Baptist, previously served two terms as president of the SBC.
WMC Action News 5 reached out to him about his take on Moore’s tweet and thoughts on the riot.
We were referred to this tweet posted Thursday that reads, “Riots and violence are wrong. Pray for peace in our nation. All Christians should pray for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President elect Kamala Harris.”
Several other religious organizations have voiced support from President Trump’s removal from office including Faith for Black Lives, Mormon Women for Ethical Government and National Council of Jewish Women.