The Democrat party isn’t exactly known for their biblical knowledge. Georgia Democrat Senate candidate Raphael Warnock is a pastor but despite being a one, still seems to be unable to stop his leftism from being the god he worships and makes bizarre claims that make God fit his world view.
One such is a comment he made in 2011 that recently surfaced where he was telling a congregation that a person can’t serve in the military and serve God at the same time.
“America, nobody can serve God and the military,” Warnock said. “You can’t serve God and money. You cannot serve God and mammon at the same time. America, choose ye this day who you will serve. Choose ye this day.”
The clip was posted by Florida Senator Marco Rubio who dragged Warnock for such a ridiculous claim.
“Not shocked #Georgia Democrat Senate candidate Raphael Warnock said, “You cannot serve God and the military” at the same time. These & even crazier things is what the radicals who control the Democratic party’s activist & small dollar donor base believe,” tweeted Rubio.
Not shocked #Georgia Democrat Senate candidate Raphael Warnock said “You cannot serve God and the military” at the same time. These & even crazier things is what the radicals who control the Democratic party’s activist & small dollar donor base believepic.twitter.com/bQyBuKLwjb
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 18, 2020
According to the Daily Wire, Warnock’s campaign swooped in for damage control and said that Warnock was referencing a Bible verse about serving two masters.
“This sermon is based on a biblical verse that reads ‘No man can serve two masters… Ye cannot serve God and mammon,’ a biblical term for wealth,” Terrence Clark, communications director for the Warnock campaign, told Fox News. “Reverend Warnock was speaking about the need to commit to moral life before pursuing other priorities. As the video of the congregation’s response makes clear, this is another blatant effort by Kelly Loeffler to take Reverend Warnock’s words completely out of context. Given her own decision to spend her first days in the U.S. Senate profiting off the pandemic, perhaps she should watch the sermon more closely.”
The verse in question is Matthew 6:24, where Christ was giving the Sermon on the Mount. Christ did not reference the military in this sermon. Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz attempted to weigh in, calling Rubio’s tweet a “low blow” that should focus more on Warnock’s policy after Googling the verse and agreeing with the Warnock campaign.
Hey I just googled it and it appears to be from Matthew 6: 24. If you want to attack the Reverend on his policy views, fine, but this is a low blow.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) November 18, 2020
As usual, the left has only focused on one aspect of a verse in order to mold it to their world view. However, as the Daily Wire pointed out, the National Review’s Dan McLaughlin corrected the assumption by posting another Bible verse that shows what the Bible says about military service.
“The Gospel literally tells soldiers to “be content with your pay” – the opposite of telling them not to serve,” tweeted McLaughlin.
The Gospel literally tells soldiers to "be content with your pay" – the opposite of telling them not to serve. https://t.co/nggLDEwzXh
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) November 18, 2020
Schatz proceeded to get dragged by people who actually study the Bible.
— Dr. Richard Harambe (@Richard_Harambe) November 18, 2020
Where Warnock is getting confused is he’s equating military service with a love of money or worldly goods that distract you from your relationship with God. While it’s true that anything can be put before God, to say that the military is a worldly vice such greed is off the mark. Members of the military are famous for their obedience and worship of God. Military commanders often cite God as their moral compass and inspiration for their sense of duty and honor.
What Warnock is doing is effectively calling our military men and women sinners for serving their country.
But Warnock isn’t exactly someone we should look to for religious advice. This is the same pastor that said abortion lines up with Biblical values.
Perhaps the left should stick with booing God at their conventions. Their attempts to define God are doing nothing but embarrassing them.