Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday (on which the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is commemorated in the Christian Church) and it is traditionally a day of fasting and penance for Christians. However, the Apostolic Church seems to continue to turn a blind eye to one of their own pastoral leaders within their religion via Arizona Rep. Steve Montenegro. In light of this Holy Week, perhaps members of the Apostolic Church can do what Jesus did when He exposed the hypocrisy occurring in the Temple.
According to Matthew 21:12 -
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
12And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. 13And He said to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER’; but you are making it a ROBBERS’ DEN.”…
On January 25, 2015, we thoroughly informed Steve Montenegro’s church members how he has been friends with while siding with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Russell Pearce and other tea party extremists with regard to their support of anti-immigrant legislation [see video here].We also told his congregation how Montenegro (from El Salvador) was a primary sponsor in doing away with #Chicano Studies. Every time Montenegro allows himself to be a vessel for anti-immigrant hatred, we will protest him every single time and every step of the way. The neighbors who live in houses surrounding the church told us they knew something was “not right” with Montenegro and they were glad we were informing his members but also the neighborhood. There was a church a block away where their members were outside looking an hearing to see what we were doing. Stephen Soto went to that church and informed them. We did what we needed to do and now we let God work in the hearts of the people surrounding the Church. We did not know how prominent the Montenegro family was within the Surprise Apostolic Church until that day and we will continue to do our best to send shockwaves throughout the entire Apostolic Church community. It’s imperative to us that Montenegro understand we will not be idle no more. We will take a stand against his hypocrisy.
Our Good Friday Promise: Protest the Apostolic Church Southwest Regional Training ,October 14-17, 2015, to be held in Tempe, AZ to further expose the El Salvadorian wolf in “Latino” sheep’s clothing.
Make no mistake… we are not done with Montenegro who claims to be a representative of the Apostolic Church. Chicanos and Chicanas will not allow tea party Republicans to use “minority tokens” without us exposing their dastardly deeds. Another minority token the Arizona Republican Party used to fulfill their agenda is Representative Carlyle Begay who is a member of the Navajo (Dine’) community. What kind of deal did Begay work out with the Arizona Tea Party Republicans that helped his people while throwing our Mexican American Chicano people under the bus?
Enquiring minds wanna know.
Protest at Surprise Apostolic Church Rep. Steve Montenegro pastors. Photo Credit: Gail Mokry Shoultes.
The message is clear for Steve Montenegro: “STOP SUPPORTING ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAWS and STOP BEING A VESSEL FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY PARTICULARLY WHEN THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE ADOPTED AN ANTI-IMMIGRANT PLATFORM IN 2012.