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Rep. Ilhan Omar drew scrutiny this week after she rushed headfirst into a door, metaphorically speaking, while trying to defend Georgia Senate candidate Raphael Warnock, a far-left radical who’s seeking the seat of former Sen. Johnny Isakson.
Shocking video footage emerged this week of Warnock, a senior pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, delivering an inflammatory speech in which he proclaims that “nobody can serve God and the military.”
Reportedly recorded in 2011, the speech provoked a scathing backlash from Sen. Marco Rubio, a Catholic, for its radicalism.
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
Plenty of other notable figures felt similarly.
As a pastor, Air Force chaplain, and Iraq veteran, I can’t think of anything more despicable than @ReverendWarnock claiming “nobody can serve God and the military.”
His reprehensible words are an insult to every American who has served in our military.https://t.co/y39hRjteCf
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) November 18, 2020
.@ReverendWarnock says you can’t serve God and the military.
I beg to differ.
— Michael Waltz (@michaelgwaltz) November 18, 2020
Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock:
“nobody can serve God and the military.”
“That’s where you’re wrong.” pic.twitter.com/IsIdnIElyZ
— Chris Tomlinson (@TomlinsonCJ) November 18, 2020
Raphael Warnock says “You cannot serve God and the military” in a sermon and the media pats him on the back.
Amy Coney Barrett *has seven children, loving husband, and incredible academic/legal resume* and the media compares her to The Handmaid’s Tale.
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) November 18, 2020
Now cue Omar, an equally radical Democrat.
In an attempted rebuttal directed at Rubio, she claimed in a tweet Wednesday that Warnock’s words were just a quote from the Bible …
😳 Mathews 6:24
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and dmoney.”
The lies and smears of the GOP have no boundaries, but this is a disgrace and shameful. https://t.co/1G6OhsL2B5
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 18, 2020
First of all, her “Mathews” is missing a “t.” Second of all, it’s Matthew, not “Mathews.” And third of all, it’s money, not “dmoney.”
Naturally, these remarkable typos triggered some mockery.
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) November 18, 2020
Please now turn to the book of Chris Matthews, Season 4, Episode 39
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 18, 2020
Interestingly enough, I’ve searched my Holy Bible front to back and have yet to find the Book of Mathews…
— Brewer “Good Luck Out There” (@BrewerCrain) November 19, 2020
— Robert Louis (@RobertLouisr) November 18, 2020
I love Ross Mathews! I didn’t know he had a book though… pic.twitter.com/Vqqq7Vqw7g
— Bartleby (@ElderBartleby) November 18, 2020
— Dan Stringer, SEC Pimp (@Danstringer74) November 18, 2020
But the bigger error is contextual.
While Omar correctly quoted Matthew 6:24, it’s clear she misinterpreted it. The passage speaks specifically of money and mammon, the Aramaic term for wealth, because it’s supposed to be a contrast between spirituality and materialism.
An article published in Charisma magazine five years ago explains.
“Would you agree that we live in a culture of materialism? It’s like the goal is to get more and more and more. And just about the time you catch up with the Joneses, they refinance or file bankruptcy. And just about the time you think you’ve got it all, the Christmas advertisements come out, and they tell you about all kinds of things you didn’t know you couldn’t live without,” the article reads.
“It’s tough keeping your priorities right when you live in a society that’s all about ‘getting.’ The one with the most toys wins, right? No! The one with the most toys still dies, whether or not you’ve got toys.”
To those who subscribe to faith, the focus therefore ought to be on spiritual growth, not material growth via the acquirement of more money and wealth. That’s the point.
But what does this have to do with the military … ? Nothing. Yet Omar’s fellow Democrats and her sycophantic media allies rushed to her and Warnock’s defense.
The senator is using hyperbolic language to sensationalize a standard Christian take on the concept of serving two masters. But he sections out the military portion of Warnock’s sermon and only the military portion because he wants to drum up a fake controversy.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 18, 2020
this is extremely standard Christian rhetoric about “serving two masters” (Matthew 6:24, since I know you like verses)
— Wesley (@WesleyLowery) November 18, 2020
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
It’s a “low blow” to point out factual inaccuracies, according to Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat? Rubio disagreed. So did others.
.@brianschatz Jesus doesn’t deny our earthly needs(see Mt 6:32)but teaches dependence on the Father. Mt 6:24 warns against becoming slaves to “Mammon”(Aramaic for wealth). So Warnock believes the U.S. military is “Mammon” & military service is incompatible with being a Christian?
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 18, 2020
Senator can you point out where Matthew 6:24 says “military?” If Warnock wants to substitute military service for “mammon” and compare it to worldly pursuits and vices he’s free to do that.
The point is that’s still an outrageous insult to those who have tried to do both.
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) November 18, 2020
And the other point is that Warnock is a radical, period. And so is Omar.
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