Some of us have felt secure in the belief that our country is one of freedom of conscience and religious liberty and that there has not been a breach in the Wall of Separation between church and state.
But for many of us we have not really seen what has been behind the USA’s total commitment to the State of Israel in occupying Palestine since after World War 2.
There has been a lot more going on that just helping out a tiny nation hold off hoards of Muslims that want to drive the Jews into the sea.
There are Christians that teach preach that the Second Coming of Jesus can not happen without Israel blasting the holy sites of Islam -The Dome of the Rock and others- into oblivion. They are willing and able to even supply money and weapons to further this cause. Then Israel must build a temple and return to animal sacrifices. It doesn’t matter one whit if there is a nuclear war brought on by these actions. In fact they welcome it because they believe that they will be raptured away and won’t have to be part of the evil that they foster.
The blueprint is the writings of Cyrus Scofield: 1843-1921 in his Reference Bible (1909). These explanations of what the Bible passage really means (in Scofield’s mind) has taken on a more important place in Bible study and worship than the actual Word of God.
There is a long list of preachers that have taken up Israel as their main cause in life. They have done fund raising and mixed themselves up with the worst sorts of radical men without conscience that are willing to blow up innocent Muslims to destroy Muslim worship centers and of course the prize which is The Dome of The Rock.
When Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982, “Pat Robertson rode into the fray in an Israeli Jeep.” There were 200,000 Lebanese and Palestinians most civilians that were killed or wounded. Old Pat said that by waging war on it’s neighbor, Israel was just doing God’s will.
Jerry Falwell said that theologically every Christian has to support Israel…. If we fail to protect Israel, we will cease to be important to God.
Those old boys were not great lovers of the Jewish people themselves… just the idea that Israel is what is going to be important in bringing the destruction of the world and the 2nd coming.
It is time for Bible studying believing Christians and others to do some homework and discover just what is going on with our government and how it has been led by the Christian Right to extreme views.
I suggest: Forcing God’s Hand Why Millions Pray for a Quick Rapture—And Destruction of Planet Earth. By Grace Halsell.
Kingdom Coming The Rise of Christian Nationalism By Michelle Goldberg
Close Encounters with the Religious Right Journeys into the Twilight Zone of Religion and Politics By Robert Boston
The Baptizing of America The Religious Right’s Plans For the Rest of Us By Rabbi James Rudin
Spiritual Warfare The Politics of The Christian Right By Sara Diamond
Fundamentals of Extremism The Christian Right in America Edited by Kimberly Blaker