Pastor Greg Locke says Christians can't vote Democrat. Why this rhetoric is bad faith. | Hill
Greg Locke, pastor of Global Vision Baptist Church, knows his audience.
Locke has been a conservative force since the founding of the Baptist church in 2006. His most recent and most notable actions have been taking part in the January 6, 2021 protests that escalated into the attack on the US Capitol and leading a Harry Potter and Twilight book burning.
You know, the work of the Lord.
Locke is one of many zealous religious leaders who use Christianity as a ruse to force themselves into the spotlight — no matter how toxic their path has become.
Now, this may seem like low-hanging fruit when criticizing an outspoken preacher like Locke, whose uncompromising "take me or leave me" style serves as a warning to those on the other side of the political spectrum.
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Locke's hatred of the Democrats and their leaders runs deep. He calls Hillary Clinton "a high priestess in the satanic church." whoops
Locke's democratic hate rhetoric has once again put him in the spotlight.
On Sunday, May 15, a video clip of Locke's recent sermon surfaced.
"You can't be a Christian in this nation and vote Democrats," Locke said to cheers and applause.
Statistics show that in 1972 89% of Democrats identified as Christian. In 2021, that number dropped to 53% — a difference of 36 percentage points. Republican Christians fell from 95% to 79%.
A Gallup poll shows that religious participation in America has declined overall. In 2020, only 47% of US adults belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque. This number is 20 points lower than at the turn of the century.
Pastor Greg Locke delivers his sermon at Global Vision Bible Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Sunday, April 3, 2022.
Yes, you can vote a Democrat and be a Christian
I loved church as a kid.
I remember on Sundays I was a boisterous 7-year-old jumping down the lobby entrance steps of the Wilson Avenue Church of Christ and crawling under the pews and pretending I was Spider-Man.
Before the Sunday service began, I made my way to a woman who always had my favorite candy, Werther's Fudges. As if I needed it.
The church car came to my house like clockwork every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening and I got in right away.
I learned valuable lessons that shaped my faith.
Growing up as a black man in a society that can treat me and people like me unfairly because of the color of my skin, I built values into my belief base that reflect the change I aspired to.
It wasn't until I got older that I realized that my values were viewed as liberal by members of my church. Nevertheless, regardless of their political beliefs, I considered each of them as my family.
Unfortunately, as I got older, I realized that others would put my political beliefs ahead of my beliefs in their perception of me.
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