Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Wednesday botched her attempt to school Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on the Christian faith, quoting a scripture verse that was filled with errors in spelling and the misinterpretation of the verse.
Rubio took to Twitter criticizing Georgia Democratic Senate candidate, Rev. Raphael Warnock past sermon remark where he claims that a person can not “serve God and the military” at the same time.
“Not shocked #Georgia Democrat Senate candidate Raphael Warnock said “You cannot serve God and the military” at the same time,” Rubio tweeted. “These & even crazier things is what the radicals who control the Democratic party’s activist & small-dollar donor base believe.”
Omar, a devout Muslim attempted to cast Rubio as a liar for his “smears” of Warnock’s remarks, alleging the Florida Senator is willing to “make a mockery” of his Christian faith by alleging the Reverend sermon was a verse from the Bible.
“Mathews 6:24,” Omar tweeted that included an emoji of the embarrassed face.
“‘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 money,'” Omar added. “The lies and smears of the GOP have no boundaries, but this is a disgrace and shameful.”
In a follow-up tweet, Ilhan tweeted: “The point here is that as a Muslim I know that @ReverendWarnock is quoting scripture in his sermon here, so I am sure Rubio does too, but he is willing to lie and make mockery of himself.”
Despite the grossly typo mistakes by misspelling the name of one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, the biggest error Omar made was twisting a bible passage out of context to score political points, as the verse makes no mention of the military.
Matthew 6:24 verse from the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament reads: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
Mammon, the Aramaic term for possessions or wealth, with this famous verse makes explicit that a person cannot symbolize materialism over spiritual things of God as both goals are mutually exclusive.
However, going based on Warnock’s old sermon, it appears that he did indeed substitute the word “Mammon” with “the military” in alluding that serving the country is materialism.
Footage of Warnock’s remarks during a sermon in April 2011 when he served as a senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia resurfaced and was widely circulated throughout social media. The sermon, entitled “When Truth Meets Power,” features the Reverend telling churchgoers to decide to who will they serve because one “can’t serve God and the military,” 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.”
“Politicians try to keep their power. Political parties lie in order to keep their power. And church folk, yeah, you too, maneuver…in order to keep your power. And Jesus says, that’s not power. That’s paranoia,” Warnock added. “When you have real power, Jesus says that you’ll lay it down so that somebody else can have some power. Real power will lay itself down on behalf of the powerless.”
The Warnock campaign defended the sermon while accusing Republicans of taking his words out of context.
“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,” Warnock campaign communications director Terrence Clark said in a statement. “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.”
Warnock’s opponent, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) also seized on the Reverend’s remark, calling them “disgraceful.”
“@ReverendWarnock’s comments disparaging the men and women who serve our country & risk their lives to defend freedom are disgraceful,” Loeffler tweeted.
Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), who is tag-teaming with Loeffler as he is also fighting to keep his Senate seat in a separate Georgia runoff race, called on Warnock to issue an apology. He also called on his Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff to break his silence and to urge the Reverend to “immediately apologize” to the “thousands of Georgians proudly serving in our Armed Forces.”
“I am outraged over Reverend Raphael Warnock’s remarks that he made from his pulpit in his church that you ‘can’t serve God and the military,'” Perdue said in a statement. “Thousands of Georgians proudly serve in our Armed Forces, and anyone who serves them in the United States Senate should treat them with dignity and honor.”
“Warnock’s comments deserve condemnation and his running mate Jon Ossoff’s silence on this speaks volumes to his own character. I hope Ossoff will join me in urging his teammate, Warnock, to immediately apologize to those who serve our country and their families.”
With all eyes on Georgia, the attacks between the candidates have escalated tenfold since Election Day. Loeffler has repeatedly slammed Warnock’s remarks that are considered unbiblical with his preaches shows support for a radical American agenda. In one tweet shared on Nov. 14, Loeffler tweeted a clip of Warnock’s October 2016 sermon where the said “America needs to repent for its worship of whiteness” if President Trump won the election over 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton.
Warnock responded to Loeffler’s frequent usage and post sharing his past sermons to allude to a political agenda as he took aim at his Republican opponent’s health care stance.
“I am glad that Senator @KLoeffler is listening to my sermons. One of my favorite sermons is entitled ‘Love your neighbor,” Warnock tweeted. “That means you don’t get rid of your neighbor’s healthcare in the middle of a pandemic.”
Warnock and Loeffler are locked in a heated election race that will determine if Republicans solidify the Senate majority or if Democrats can win both seats to secure a 50-50 tie for the upper chamber.