THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT AND ISRAEL;
A RELATIONSHIP THAT CANNOT HOLD
by: S.R. Shearer
[This is the third in a series of articles dealing with the fighting
in the Middle East; the first article, Part I, dealt with the
question of who the REAL enemy of Israel is in the Middle East,
which is to say, the United States. Part II dealt with the Scriptural
basis for Israel in God's "Plan and Purpose in the Ages" - especially
as it relates to the fighting that is currently raging in the Holy Land
over the question of Jerusalem. Part III, this article, deals
with the unavoidable rupture that will ultimately and inevitably
occur between the Religious Right (on the one hand), and Israel and
the Jewish people (on the other hand). You will be shocked if you are
one of those Christians who have been duped into believing that in supporting
the Religious Right, you are, ipso facto, supporting Israel and
the Jewish people.]
"Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people
round about, ... And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome
stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut
in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against
it." (Zech. 12:2-3)
There is a high-intensity legal and political battle raging in Florida
that may very well engulf us all by the time it is finished - AND
UNBEKNOWNST TO MOST EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS, THE OUTCOME OF THIS FIGHTING
COULD EVENTUALLY HAVE A GRAVE IMPACT ON THEIR ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE JEWISH
COMMUNITY AND THE STATE OF ISRAEL. The fact is, if evangelicals
aren't very, very careful in the coming weeks, months and years, they
may find themselves being sucked into a political process that will
inevitably ensnare them in an apostatized form of Christianity which,
while ostensibly aimed at "saving America for Christ and the church,"
may very well make anti-Semites out of them and ultimately turn them
against the Jewish people and the state of Israel.
The temptation IS for evangelicals to involve themselves in
the process (fight) to "save America from the "godless forces of 'secular-humanism'."
The poison hidden in the pathology IS the hateful theology that
evangelicals will be forced to accept in order to justify their effort
to involve the church in political activity. The catalyst that makes
the process work IS the kind of political warfare that is being
unleashed in Florida - a kind of warfare that spurs one to take leave
of his senses and get caught up in the fury of the moment. The unavoidable
result of the poison the pathology releases IS the pollution
of one's soul and the eventual development of an anti-Semitic mindset
aimed at the destruction of the Jewish people and the state of Israel.
THE CATALYST: POLITICAL WARFARE IN FLORIDA
fighting that is driving the process described above (i.e., that is
acting as the process's catalyst) is centered - at least right now -
around the question of who won Florida in the 2000 presidential election,
and - ipso facto - the presidency of the United States: Gore?
or Bush? It is building in fervor, and with each passing day it is threatening
to spin out of control and spill into the streets. In some cases, it
already has. But be clear here, this conflict didn't come out of nowhere.
It's part of a larger CULTURE WAR (i.e., Kultur Kampf)
that has been going on now for several decades in front of abortion
clinics, gay bath houses in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York,
in academia, etc. From time to time it has even broken out into violence
and has resulted in "massacre" and bloodshed in such divers, out-of-the-way
places as Ruby Ridge in Idaho; Mount Carmel near Waco, Texas; the Federal
Office Building in Oklahoma City; and the bombings in Atlanta during
the Olympics and shortly thereafter at one of Atlanta's gay bars.
It's a no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners war that reaches even into
the highest levels of government - a struggle that first manifested
itself at this lofty level in the confirmation hearings on Judge Robert
Bork for the Supreme Court some years ago (Bork was a favorite of the
Religious Right), and in recent years coming near to bringing the government
to a complete standstill in the 1997 budget battle and the 1999 impeachment
fight - all clashes the Democrats (and the Left) eventually won.
A FIGHT TO THE FINISH
It isn't so much that Bush and Gore themselves are caught up in the
actual issues that are driving the conflict. They are not. Despite efforts
on the part of the two opposing parties to the conflict to say otherwise,
Bush is no more a committed Religious Right zealot on social issues
than Gore is a committed "liberal" on the same issues, or with regard
to the environment or other "pet" liberal causes. Both are members of
the elite, both are committed to globalization and "free trade," and
as such, both are driven by elite motivations that are very much different
from those that are driving their "mass" followers. But the mass constituencies
they lead, especially their core constituency bases, are very much devoted
ideologues - "TRUE BELIEVERS!" - and each of these constituencies
are driven by the realization that when the Culture War is over, ONLY
ONE OF THEM WILL BE LEFT STANDING.
It's these "True Believers" (together, of course, with the massive
egos of both presidential candidates) that are driving the fighting
in Tallahassee and South Florida, and as far as they are concerned,
it is a fight to the finish. Moreover, one should make no mistake about
it, IT'S NOT JUST "CHRISTIAN ZEALOTS" WHO FEEL THIS WAY - i.e.,
that what they are engaged in is a no-holds-barred, fight-to-the-last-man-standing
struggle. Even a liberal intellectual like Ronald DWorkin believes
that it's a fight to the bitter end, and that Americans are only kidding
themselves in thinking otherwise. Take the issue of abortion - one of
the main social and cultural issues that divide the one side from the
other in the fighting that is now occurring in Florida: Alan Wolfe -
like D'workin - a liberal (and also a professor of sociology and political
science at Boston University), explains:
"... abortion is a matter of high politics (for
both sides) involving fundamental questions about the definition of
public and private, liberty and authority, and the meaning and purpose
of life ... At this principled elevation, abortion presents a tragic
conflict, like the Civil War (and the question of slavery). EACH
SIDE IN THE DEBATE UNDERSTANDS ITSELF, AND IS UNDERSTOOD BY ITS ANTAGONISTS,
AS STANDING FOR A WORLD-VIEW THAT CANNOT BE COMPROMISED."
AN UNBRIDGEABLE FAULT-LINE
And Wolfe's conclusion here could be applied to any number of other
issues that divide the one side from the other - i.e., homosexuality,
prayer in the schools, evolution, school vouchers, women in the military,
family values, feminism, etc. James Davison Hunter, one of the few American
writers who is trying to understand the Culture War rather than fight
it, agrees with both D'workin and Wolfe. HE BELIEVES THAT A NEW,
UNBRIDGEABLE FAULT LINE HAS EMERGED IN U.S. SOCIETY WHICH IS
SETTING CITIZEN AGAINST CITIZEN OVER WHAT THE NATION STANDS FOR -
i.e., is America a Christian nation or is it not? Is it the "New Israel
of God" that our Pilgrim fathers thought that it was, or is it not?
Do we as a nation derive our values as absolutes from the Bible, or
do we make them up as we go? What about "Manifest Destiny?" - and so
As far as the core constituencies behind both Gore and Bush are concerned,
this is a fault line that divides the "FORCES OF LIGHT" from
the "FORCES OF DARKNESS" (or as the liberals would say, "superstition"
and "ignorance" from "science" and "enlightenment"). Seen from this
perspective, there can be no compromise. Each side must fight on until
it drops or the other side gives up. EACH SIDE IS PUSHING FOR TOTAL
It's in this context that Gore's intransigence and inflexibility with
regard to what most Christians view as his obvious loss in the Florida
election must be seen. Gore's core constituency (Jews, feminists, white
liberals, gays and lesbians, black activists, Latino activists, the
"Hollywood set," the "arts community," labor activists, etc.) ardently
fear what will happen to them if Bush (and ipso facto, the so-called
"Religious Right") wins the presidency. Liberals believe, and not without
reason, that - regardless of promises to the contrary by Republican
"moderates" - Religious Right activists will conduct a "scorched earth
policy" against them if Bush succeeds to the presidency, especially
in light of the fact that Republicans will control both the House and
the Senate (with Chaney acting as a tie breaker).
On the other hand, Christian conservatives believe that liberals will
continue their "anti-Christian" Culture War against them if Gore wins,
and that they won't stop until they have driven Christianity out of
the country and have turned the institutions of the government over
to the United Nations and the "Red Chinese."
CIVILIZATION WARFARE AND THE EFFORT TO PURGE AMERICA OF CONTAMINATING
This is WAR "writ large!" - the kind of war that Samuel P. Huntington,
Eaton Professor of the Science of Government and Director of the John
M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, describes
in his book, The Clash of Civilizations. And one must remember
here that Huntington is not describing merely a clash between civilizations,
but also a struggle WITHIN civilizations - that is,
a struggle to "PURIFY" or "CLEANSE"
each respective civilization of "contaminating elements."
And this is exactly what radical elements on both sides of America's
current Culture War are attempting to do - i.e., "cleanse" the nation
of their opponent's influence.
The very real fact of the matter is, there are many in the Gore constituency
- their weak smiles and sweet protestations to the contrary notwithstanding
- who would like to see Christianity completely expunged from American
public life and reduced to a "private matter" that could only be discussed
in the seclusion of one's own home. And the reverse is also true: the
Religious Right (the core base of the Bush constituency) is basically
aiming at the same (but reversed) goal, which is ridding the nation
of "secular humanism" - and one can be sure that, in attempting to do
so, it sees itself engaged in a great crusade to purge the nation of
this "infectious influence."
It is this kind of conflict - civilization conflict - that is propelling
the agitation in Florida and dividing the nation - but it isn't as if
the Bible had not anticipated this kind of warfare. It has!! Concerning
all this, the Bible says,
"... as he (i.e., Jesus) sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples
came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things
be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the
world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man
deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ;
and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of
wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come
to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation (ethnos) shall
rise against nation (ethnos), and kingdom against kingdom:
and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers
places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall
they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall
be hated of all nations for my names sake. And then shall many
be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
It's in the context of Matt. 24:3-10 that the Culture War in the United
States - specifically, the fighting that is presently raging in Florida
over the results of the 2,000 election - must be viewed.
HUNTINGTON, HOCKENOS, AND THE BIBLE:
THEY ARE ALL SAYING THE SAME THING
These verses speak of "wars and rumors of wars" and "nations
rising up against nations" in the "end of days" as one
of the most pointed and distressing signs of those events leading up
to the "end of the age." But what exactly does that mean? As we have
indicated in previous articles, we can begin to get an idea by examining
the word that is used for "war" in these Biblical texts. The
Greek language has two words for war: mache and polemos.
The meanings for the two words are similar, but their scope is vastly
different. The word mache means a battle or war of limited duration,
while the word polemos means war on a much broader and bloodier
scale. The word that is used here is polemos. Obviously, then,
what the Scriptures have in mind here is a period of intense, bloody
struggle carried on over an extended length of time.
Moreover, the kind of warfare the Bible is talking about here is "ETHNIC"
or "tribal" warfare between differing groups of people who have profoundly
different world-views concerning the state, religion, the nature of
man and so forth. This is made clear in the way the Bible uses the word
"nation" in Matt. 24:3-10 - its not necessarily what we, as Americans,
mean. The word that the Bible uses for "nation" is the Greek
word ethnos - WHICH IS THE ROOT WORD FROM WHICH THE ENGLISH
LANGUAGE DERIVES THE WORD "ETHNIC." THE WORD IS BETTER TRANSLATED AS
"TRIBE" IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.
Christians, of course, would deny that they are "ethnicists," especially
in any kind of racial sense - at least, not any more. Indeed, most Religious
Right activists go to great (and, in most cases, very SINCERE)
lengths to separate themselves from even the hint of racism. Still,
the very real fact of the matter remains that most members of the Religious
Right belong to white churches, the members of which count themselves
as part of the Bush constituency, while the members of most black churches
count themselves as part of the Gore constituency. There are, of course,
many blacks sprinkled about in a great number of white, evangelical
churches today, and even some well-known black Christian leaders who
are well-received in white Christian circles. Nonetheless, these people
are more the exception than the rule, and as far as most black Christians
are concerned, the past towards which white Christians are pressing
- i.e., the 1950s and even the past of the "pilgrim forefathers" - is
a past they don't want to return to or have anything to do with. IT'S
A PAST OF "JIM CROW LAWS," MILITANT SEGREGATION, AND EVEN SLAVERY, AND
ALL THE PROMISES FROM WHITE CHRISTIAN ACTIVISTS ON THE RIGHT THAT "THINGS
WILL BE DIFFERENT THIS TIME AROUND" HAVE A CLINK OF HOLLOWNESS IN THEIR
EARS - and if white Christians would simply take the time to put
themselves in the shoes of black Christians, they would understand why
such promises don't ring particularly true to black Christians.
"POLITICAL CHRISTIANITY" AND THE ETHNIC STATE VERSES "SECULAR-HUMANISM"
AND THE CIVIC STATE
A great part of the difference that divides the Gore and Bush constituencies
revolves around their differing views of the state. Paul Hockenos, in
his book Free to Hate: the Rise of the Right in Post-Communist Eastern
Europe, describes this difference: he writes,
"In the lively academic discourse that has grown around nationalism,
scholars distinguish two general concepts of the nation: (1) the civic
or democratic, and (2) the ethnic. The civic definition, with its
roots in the French Revolution, uses "nation" to refer to
a body of citizens whose collective sovereignty constitutes a state.
In other words, it is "nation" as the term is commonly applied
(by academics) in ... (the United States), referring to all of the
people who live within a state, regardless of their ethnicity, language,
(religion), or other characteristics ...
"The ethnic nation, on the other hand, is a ... community bound
(together) not by a common ... border (so much) ... as by descent,
language, customs ... history ... (and RELIGION). What defines
membership in this kind of nation is ETHNICITY (which includes as
an essential part of it, religion) ... Rights and privileges are acquired
by birth into the ethnic nation (and/or by the acceptance of the culture
and religion of the majority group by the "outsider"), and not upon
citizenship [based on birth within a given geographic boundary; for
example, in Germany - even today - being born within the borders of
the German state does not automatically confer German citizenship
on a person (as it would in the United States). One must also possess
a blood relationship to the German people through either one's birth
mother or one's birth father. The same is true for most other European
states]. For ethnic nationalists, the (ethnic) nation is a natural
unit ... (and) ... each nation has its own unique, mystical destiny
towards which it aspires, and which other nations impede at the cost
of war ..."
The Left in the United States subscribes to the first definition of
nationhood described above - i.e., the so-called "civic nation;" and
the Right in this country subscribes to the second definition of statehood.
Moreover, the idea of "patriotism" or "nationalism" as it is commonly
understood by average people on both the Right and the Left is much
more a phenomenon of the "ethnic state" than it is of the "civic state."
The fact is, "flag waving" is almost the exclusive domain of the "ethnic
state;" "nationalism" lies pretty much outside the Left's lexicon.
THE "ETHNIC STATE" IS A MUCH MORE WIDELY ACCEPTED FORM OF STATEHOOD
THAN IS THE "CIVIC STATE"
As we indicated previously, some evangelical Christians might blanch
at the thought that they are ethnicists; but then, that is exactly what
most states are - i.e., ethnic states. For example, that's what Israel
is - an ethnic state; a state, the citizenship of which is based on
membership in the Jewish "race" and the Jewish religion. There are exceptions,
of course, but for the most part, that is what being an Israeli is all
about! - and not just Israel, but Germany (i.e., "Germany for the Germans"),
Russia (i.e., "Russia for the Russians"), the Japanese (i.e., "Japan
for the Japanese"), China (i.e., "China for the Chinese"), ad nauseum.
ETHNICITY COUNTS IN THIS WORLD - AND THAT'S THE FACT OF THE MATTER!
Contrary to a lot of what one hears in academia today, it's not the
idea of the "civic nation" that is the most widely accepted definition
of nationhood in this world, but the description of the "ethnic nation"
that is most widespread.
"THE ETHNIC NATION IS AT ODDS WITH THE PREMISES OF ... (THE
CIVIC) NATION ... AND PRESENTS A ... RECIPE FOR CONFLICT IN THE COMBUSTIBLE
(WORLD OF TODAY) ...
"The ethnic nation is at odds with the premises of the civic nation!"
- that's what Hockenos says. That's what the Bible says too! - AND
THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE FIGHTING IN FLORIDA BETWEEN THE BUSH CONSTITUENCIES
AND THE GORE CONSTITUENCIES IS ALL ABOUT: THE DEFINITION OF "NATIONHOOD"
AND THE FUNDAMENTAL UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE STATE IS ALL ABOUT. To
the "True Believers" on both sides who are driving the process in Florida
(if not to the common rock-throwers), this is a very important matter.
These kinds of things are important to "True Believers."
It's essential to their mindset that their activity count for something;
that it should be undergirded by a set of principles or by a theology
which justifies their activity. Blind, chaotic activity is not what
"True Believers" are all about. Such things repulse them. There must
be purpose behind their activity. Rock-throwing for the joy of rock-throwing
makes no sense to "True Believers." That kind of activity may motivate
anarchists, but not the "True Believers." Anarchists often have nothing
more in mind than the chaos of the moment; but the activity of "True
Believers" is aimed at a specific goal: for secular-humanists, the creation
of the "civic state;" for politically-minded Christians, the creation
of an ethnic state. Thus, while such questions may spin in the heads
of the common "rock-throwers" and give them headaches, they have great
importance to the "True Believers" who are guiding the activity of the
"rock-throwers" - make no mistake about it!!
RELIGIOUS ETHNICISM AND THE UNITED STATES
Now, one must understand here that the concept of ethnicity is not
something that can be defined merely as a racial concern. There is a
wide variety of other matters that are at play in this concept. Huntington
names a number of them - i.e., language, history and religion. Depending
on the country, one may predominate more than another. For example,
language differences predominate in determining who is French and who
is German, or who is Dutch and who is Spanish - after all, they are
all white. In China, it's not so much language that counts (there are
too many dialects there for that to matter much) as it is history. In
the United States, at least insofar as modern ethnicists are concerned,
it's probably religion that counts the most. You're surprised? Well,
think about it for a moment.
No where else on earth (outside the Muslim world) does religion play
as much a role in the Right's understanding of the state than it does
in the United States. Race, language, history, etc. no doubt play large
roles also (the U.S. is, after all, still a euro-centered, white, English-speaking
nation) - but there is an ETHNIC COMPLEXITY here to a degree
that does not exist in Europe or elsewhere - so that race, language,
and history are much more limited in their ability to form a stable
basis for the creation of an ethnic state than they are in Europe.
In Europe, religion is a pretty hollow affair, and has very little
to do with concepts like patriotism and nationalism. But in the United
States, it's probably not too much to say that to be a "patriot" is
to be a Christian - at least insofar as the Right is concerned. Indeed,
it's for this reason that there is so much more flag waving associated
with Christianity in this country than there is in Europe. In America,
patriotism equals Christianity; and secularism or "secular-humanism"
equals disloyalty - again, at least in the minds of most members of
the Right. And anyone who would tell you differently is not being truthful!
In this country, to be a patriot is to be a Christian.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PATRIOTISM
AND CHRISTIANITY IN THE UNITED STATES
It's exactly for this reason that the Right in this country has formed
itself up around the institution of the church - and it is for this
precise reason that the Right in this country is known as the RELIGIOUS
Right. One doesn't hear much about the "Patriotic Left," or the Religious
Left. There's no such thing.
Now, stop for a moment and consider what we have here - a notion that
exists in the political Right in this country that links patriotism
to Christianity that is not duplicated anywhere else in the so-called
"Christian West." In the United States, to be a nationalist means to
be a Christian - and this is much more the case now that "race" has
been substantially reduced in its ability to act as a basis for ethnicity.
This means that "God" - at least as the Right understands "God" - is
much more important in the Right's concept of the state than most "outsiders"
could imagine. There is much more a predilection for the Right to resort
to an appeal to God here than in Europe or Asia, or even Latin America
- and make no mistake about it - "GOD" IS A POWERFUL CONCEPT TO UNDERGIRD
YOURSELF WITH WHEN YOU ARE CONFRONTED WITH THE KIND OF INTRANSIGENT
ENEMY THE BUSH FORCES (AND THE POLITICAL RIGHT) ARE CONFRONTED WITH
IN GORE (AND THE POLITICAL LEFT) - and this is especially so as
the war between the Right and the Left intensifies in this country!
THE CONFLICT HEATS UP; THE
CATALYST DRIVES THE PROCESS
And just how intense has this conflict grown in the United States?
Very intense, indeed. For example, when the fighting first broke out
in West Palm Beach, Broward County, and Miami-Dade, the Left - as it
always does on occasions like this, began fielding its "street army"
in an effort to intimidate Florida officials. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton
and a whole host of other well-known left-wing "street generals" swung
into action and initially appeared to be carrying the day. Over the
years, left-wing leaders in this country have become "masters of the
street" - and "street demonstrations," protests, and the like have become
standard staples in their arsenal of tricks - tactics that they developed
in the Civil Rights and Vietnam demonstrations of thirty or forty years
ago; tactics that the elites have inevitably caved under to because
- as we have said on more than one occasion - there is nothing the elites
fear more than the masses when they take to the streets. Visions of
what happened to them (i.e., the elites) in the French Revolution of
1789 and the Communist Revolution of 1917 continue to haunt them, even
This time, however, things were different. The Right swung into action
in the streets as well - and as time wore on, the Left found itself
"out-gunned" and outmatched on the streets. The Right had taken a leaf
out of the Left's playbook! And these weren't just rookies the Right
was fielding in the streets against the Left, but seasoned veterans
of their own street wars against abortionists, gays and others during
the last twenty years or so. The Left was astounded! Never before had
they confronted an opposing "street army," and - while it's no doubt
a stretch to say so - there are ominous similarities here to what happened
in Germany between the wars. In the beginning (1918-1924) the Left ruled
the streets in Germany. Then the Right took to the streets as well,
and it was never the same again.
STREET FIGHTING IN DADE COUNTY
One gets an idea of how this struggle is playing itself out in the
streets of Florida from an article written by Hector Tobar and Mike
Clary of the Los Angeles Times that appeared on November 25,
2000, they write:
"An unlikely Republican army of ... protesters took to the streets
anew Friday, adding an angry, unpredictable element to the recount
drama in South Florida. Carrying homemade signs and wearing T-shirts
reading 'Bush Recount Team', hundreds of button-down rebels from Miami's
suburbs - and from as far away as Oregon and Rhode Island - shouted
down Democrats. Overnight, someone hurled a brick through the front
window of a local Democratic Party headquarters. Democratic vice presidential
candidate Sen. Joseph I. Liberman likened Republican protesters to
a 'mob' Friday, saying they had pressured officials in Miami-Dade
County into abandoning their vote recount earlier this week. Six Democratic
congressmen called on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate Republicans'
actions as potential violations of federal election law ...
"On Friday, some state and national Republican Party activists milled
among the crowds at the courthouse here, passing out signs and T-shirts,
and buying food for protesters. Many GOP loyalists said they have
joined the demonstrations out of a growing sense of outrage. They
accuse Vice President Al Gore of 'stealing' the election and say that
Republicans MUST TAKE TO THE STREETS LIKE DEMOCRATIC GROUPS DO
IN ORDER TO STOP HIM ... 'It's good to see Republicans get outraged',
Johnson, (one of the demonstrators) said.
"Whenever Democratic politicians tried to do TV interviews Friday
in front of the courthouse, Republicans blew whistles and shouted
through bullhorns to disrupt them (a tactic that Republicans had learned
from gays and lesbians). Local congressman Peter Deutsch, a Democrat,
has had to surround himself with a cordon of police officers every
time he talks to the media. One tense moment occurred after former
Sen. Bob Dole, erstwhile Republican candidate, appeared at the courthouse.
As Deutsch stepped into the knot of reporters to respond to Dole's
comments, a GOP aide grabbed the congressman's arm to hold him back.
'Keep your hands off me', Deutsch said. 'Don't touch me'.
"Deutsch characterized the Republican protesters as an 'illegal mob'.
Among the small crowd of Gore supporters, some held up signs calling
the GOP crowd 'thugs'. Broward County Democratic Party Chairman Mitch
Ceasar said a brick was thrown through the storefront window of party
headquarters in the Broward County community of Plantation. A message
was wrapped around the brick: 'We will not tolerate illegal government'.
'I hold the Bush campaign totally responsible', Ceasar said. 'It's
a furtherance of mob rule activity in Dade County ...
"SEVERAL BUSH SUPPORTERS SAID IT WAS REFRESHING TO SEE THE TABLES
TURNED ON THE DEMOCRATS. Earlier in the recount process large
numbers of Gore supporters, led by such Democratic stalwarts as the
Rev. Jesse Jackson, had demonstrated in large numbers in Palm Beach
County. 'The world is controlled by people who stand up and make themselves
counted', said Tim Wigley, 37, of Portland Ore. 'You're seeing that
today. YOU'RE SEEING PEOPLE DOING SOMETHING THAT REPUBLICANS AREN'T
USED TO DOING, WHICH IS GETTING OUT HERE AND PROTESTING'.
"As the day wore on and the number of Bush supporters on the street
slowly grew, the gathering took on a celebratory air. More than once,
the Bush supporters launched into song, belting out 'God Bless America'.
And after word spread that the U.S. Supreme Court would hear the Bush
campaign's petition concerning the recount, there were loud cheers,
hugs and a spirited rendition of the National Anthem."
Most Christians, especially evangelicals, are elated by all this. Republicans
in the streets - most believe that's it's about time!
VETERANS OF THE ABORTION WAR: THE
RELIGIOUS RIGHT'S NEW SHOCK TROOPS
And make no mistake about it, most of the protesters are (as one would
imagine the case would be where the Right's concept of the ethnic state
is "Religion (i.e. Christianity) = Patriotism") Religious Right activists,
i.e., veterans of the Abortion War. What motivates most of these
people (at least their radical core element) is the belief that America
must be governed by "Biblical Principles" (again, exactly what Hockenos
and Huntington predicted would happen). They are connected to a variety
of Religious Right groups clustered around the Rutherford Institute,
an ultraconservative legal foundation associated with a number of Religious
Right causes. It is based in Charlottesville, Virginia and like so many
other conservative legal foundations is a recipient of funds from Richard
Mellon Scaife. John Whitehead, the institute's founder and head, is
a disciple of Rousas John (R.J.) Rushdoony, head of the Chalcedon Foundation,
based in Vallecito, California. Rushdoony reportedly helped Whitehead
found the Rutherford Institute, and has been a director of the Institute
and a participant in its speakers bureau.
These people truly believe that God is on their side, and - as a result
- they are prepared to do things that most other Christians would be
afraid to do. They see themselves not as participants in some political
"game," but as warriors engaged in a life and death struggle against
those who oppose them. It's a battle between the "sons of light" and
the "sons of darkness" (Whitehead's words in his book, The Separation
Illusion) - and because this is so, and because they believe that,
in the end, their enemies are energized by the forces of hell, they
are prepared to deal with their political enemies with that fact in
mind. After all, if it eventually comes to killing (and most HARD-CORE
members of the Religious Right believe that it will) one must be armed
with such a mentality. Rushdoony has said, "IN WINNING A NATION TO
THE TRUTH, THE SWORD AS WELL AS THE PEN MUST BE USED. Pretty strong
stuff! This is the kind of stuff that murder is fashioned out of.
THE CREATION OF A THEOLOGY TO
JUSTIFY CHRISTIAN POLITICAL ACTIVITY
Rushdoony is the originator of and prime mover behind the many faceted
movement which has come to be called "Christian Reconstruction." Christian
Reconstruction is dedicated to replacing secular law with "Biblical
law," and secular states with "theocratic republics." Reconstructionism
in its broadest sense describes the rebuilding by Christians of every
aspect of America according to biblical strictures. It is founded on
the belief that God's laws, as described in the Bible, pertain to all
people throughout history and comprise the only legitimate basis for
culture. It places a demand on Christians everywhere to involve themselves
in this process. CHRISTIANS WHO DON'T ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE
REBUILDING OF AMERICA AS A "CHRISTIAN STATE" ARE DEEMED APOSTATES,
AND ARE TO BE DEALT WITH ACCORDINGLY - i.e., AS THE ENEMIES
By its very nature, Reconstructionism is a "religion" which exists
in a "black and white" world of the "here and now." It is, as it were,
a kind of Old Testament religion of flesh and blood, with flesh and
blood armies battling other flesh and blood armies. There is no room
in the Reconstructionist's scheme of things for Paul's injunction that
"We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Eph. 6:12)
RADICALIZING CHRISTIANS AND PREPARING THEM
TO ACCEPT THE POISON OF RECONSTRUCTIONISM
The kind of Christianity that Rushdoony is peddling is a Christianity
designed to permit its adherents to engage in flesh and blood wars -
like the Crusades, the Thirty Years War, the Inquisition, AND WHAT'S
HAPPENING IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND TALLAHASSEE. It's a Christianity
specifically calculated to undergird such activity.
There are those, of course, who simply cannot believe that things could
go this far in the United States. But one must remember that in the
kind of conflict between the Right and the Left that is now beginning
to take shape here, the longer the conflict continues, the more individual
positions will harden on both sides. Even those who at first try to
stay clear of what's happening and to not choose between the two sides
will eventually be pressed into making a choice.
The very real fact of the matter is, the opportunity of choosing a
"moderate" course in these kinds of conflicts slowly disappears the
longer the conflict continues - forcing more and more individuals on
both sides who were at first "moderate" in their activity to adopt radical
solutions - so that at the end of the day, all those on both sides of
the conflict have been radicalized - A SITUATION WHICH WILL INEVITABLY
FORCE MORE AND MORE CHRISTIANS TO ADOPT RUSHDOONY-LIKE ATTITUDES TOWARDS
THEIR FAITH AND CREATE IN THEM A WILLINGNESS TO "TAKE UP ARMS" IN ITS
DEFENSE. As Christians find themselves pressed in this direction,
the radical and even murderous theology that undergirds Reconstructionism
will not seem so radical and murderous after all.
TURNING CHRISTIANS INTO ANTI-SEMITES
The problem with all this insofar as the Christian community's attitude
towards the Jewish people and the state of Israel is concerned is,
THAT IN CONSTRUCTING THE KIND OF RUSHDOONY-LIKE FAITH THAT JUSTIFIES
THE CHURCH'S PARTICIPATION IN SUCH "FLESH AND BLOOD" ACTIVITY, ONE MUST
RESORT TO THE USE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT - AND IN DOING SO, ONE MUST SUBSTITUTE
THE CHURCH IN PLACE OF ISRAEL IN THOSE PORTIONS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
THAT PERMIT SUCH ACTIVITY. The New Testament cannot be used to validate
such activity. Instead, what the New Testament does is call upon Christians
to love their enemies, to "... bless them that curse you, and do good
to them that hate you." Specifically, the Bible says:
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth
for a tooth:
"But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall
smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
"And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat,
let him have thy cloak also.
"And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour,
and hate thine enemy.
"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully
use you, and persecute you;
"That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for
he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth
rain on the just and on the unjust.
"For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not
even the publicans the same?
"And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others?
do not even the publicans so?
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven
is perfect. (Matt. 5:38-41, 43-48)
ROBBING ISRAEL OF ITS OLD TESTAMENT PROMISES
AND APPROPRIATING THEM FOR THE CHURCH
There's simply no way that such a religion - Christianity - can justify
what Religious Right zealots are doing now on the streets of Florida.
It even forbids suing your enemies in court (verse 40)! Think about
that for a minute! - that even "cuts off" the "modest" court activity
that Christian "moderates" are engaged in, in South Florida. It would
seem that the church is precluded from all such activity, at least in
light of the New Testament. A religion that can't even justify the presence
of a team of lawyers in the courts, let alone justify the presence of
a "street army," is pretty emasculating! ONLY THE OLD TESTAMENT CAN
JUSTIFY SUCH ACTIVITY! The "New Testament" speaks of no
"earthly state;" it has no earthly ambitions. True, the Old
Testament does, but not the New Testament.
However, the recipient of the Old Testament's promises is Israel, not
the church - unless one is prepared to expunge Israel from the Old Testament,
and wherever "Israel" is mentioned, read the "church" in its (i.e.,
Israel's) place. And that's precisely what Rushdoony and his disciples
do. That's what anyone must do in order to create an ethnic state where
religion - namely, Christianity - forms the basis of that state; a state
where "patriotism" and "nationalism" have a viable and meaningful role
to play. Remember, in the "civic nation" (as opposed to the "ethnic
nation"), there is very little room for concepts like "patriotism" and
"nationalism." And, again, that's why the lexicon of the Left is devoid
of such terms.
WHAT TO DO WITH ISRAEL? - DEMONIZE THE JEWS IN ORDER TO HIDE THE CHURCH'S
THEFT OF ISRAEL'S OLD TESTAMENT PROMISES
But if one is going to create an "Old Testament" kind of Christianity,
the question then arises, what does one do theologically speaking with
the continued reality of the Jewish people and the embarrassing "resurrection"
of the Jewish state. How does one explain away the reality of this phenomenon?
The continued existence of the Jewish people and the renewed reality
of the Jewish state cannot help but be a festering sore to those who
involve themselves in "Political Christianity." It "gives the lie" to
what Religious Right activists are attempting to do - i.e., create a
Christian state based on the Old Testament and the supposition that
the church is the "New Israel of God." And make no mistake about it,
this is exactly what Religious Right activists in the streets of South
Florida are saying! - at least those who are at the core of what is
going on there [and believe me, for those who are not saying so - i.e.,
those who still call themselves pre-millinnialists like Jerry Falwell,
Pat Robertson, and Tim LaHaye (James Kennedy long ago gave pre-millennialism
up), they will eventually be forced to say so]. The fact is, the press
of circumstances and the heat of battle will eventually force them to
do so. The logic of the moment is irresistible.
And, of course, the Jews themselves are a large part of the problem
here. If they (i.e., the Jews) could just remain quiet and crawl away
into some obscure corner of the world and stay there, perhaps that would
be enough. But no!! They stubbornly cling to the belief that they are
still God's "Chosen People," and that their Messiah will eventually
appear and fulfill His Old Testament promises - not necessarily to the
church and Christianity, but to the Jews and Israel!!
Can you see the problem here? This is too much!! It directly challenges
the Old Testament undergirding the church is relying on to justify its
political activity in the "here and now." What to do? - the answer
presents itself almost effortlessly: DEVELOP A DOCTRINE CONCERNING
THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND THE STATE OF ISRAEL THAT PICTURES THE TWO AS AGENTS
OF THE DEVIL AND THEIR HOPE IN THE MESSIAH AS A HOPE IN ANTI-CHRIST.
"SPIRITUALIZING" THE WORD OF GOD DEMANDS
THE CREATION OF A "CLASS OF PRIESTLY EXPERTS"
After all, something has to be done with the "Jewish Problem" insofar
as militant Christianity is concerned. Christian politicos have enough
problems as it is to make the church fit into the Old Testament without
having to deal with the "stiff-necked" Jews and the reality of the Jewish
state. Consider just for a moment all that must be done to make a "Rushdoony-like"
theology work. It requires an inordinate amount of "Scripture Twisting,"
and a great deal of "spiritualizing" the Word of God. No longer is it
possible to read the Scriptures in any kind of simple, literal and "plain-meaning"
fashion. No longer can the text mean what it so plainly seems to say
to the average reader. It becomes a symbolical maze that only a priestly
caste can interpret to the people - which is exactly what today's "Pastoral
System" is designed to do. Believe us when we say, that it is not just
"happens-stance" that Bill McCartney, the founder of "Promise Keepers,"
and an ardent advocate of the concepts of "Political Christianity" said,
"We (i.e., the laity) cannot rightly divide (i.e., understand)
the word of truth. We need you (i.e., the pastors and priests) to
And one has to admit that such a course of action is necessary when
one "spiritualizes" the Word of God to such an extent that it no longer
appears to be saying what average people believe it is saying.
The only thing to do in such a case is take the Bible away from the
"common" people and make it appear so laborious to read and so difficult
to understand that only "experts" can do so. Sound familiar? That's
what the Catholic Church effectively accomplished just prior to the
What McCartney wants to do is expunge the work of the Reformation -
which freed us as Christians from the frightful and inflexible tyranny
of the priests - and turn the clock back 500 years, thereby engulfing
us in a new theological reign of terror! Isn't that what McCartney seems
to be implying when he says,
"Here me: Promise Keepers doesnt care if youre Catholic."
BY ITS VERY NATURE, "POLITICAL CHRISTIANITY"
IS ANTI-SEMITIC - IT IS FORCED TO BE SO!!
From the beginning, Catholicism has been involved in the politics of
this world, even on occasion fielding its own armies; and, as a result,
Catholic theology long ago forgot the fact that the faith the gentle
carpenter of Nazareth imparted to us as Christians was a faith that
served the heavens, not the earth! Unfortunately, WHEN CHRISTIANS
FORGET THIS FACT, THE INEVITABLE RESULT IS ANTI-SEMITISM!
And in connection with this, make no mistake about it, Catholicism is
the mother of anti-Semitism! It isn't that many of the churches that
came out of the Reformation aren't themselves as anti-Semitic as the
Church of Rome; in many instances, they are! But they learned their
anti-Semitism at Rome's feet.
You say we are being too much here; that we are bending the truth to
make a point; that we are being too dogmatic! But we are not! WE
REPEAT, WHEN CHRISTIANS MAKE THE CHURCH THE SERVANT OF THE STATE; WHEN
THEY ALLOW CHURCH AUTHORITY TO LEGITIMIZE THE ACTIVITIES OF THE STATE;
WHEN CHRISTIANS CALL AMERICA THE "NEW ISRAEL OF GOD," THEN THE INEVITABLE
RESULT WILL BE ANTI-SEMITISM!!
I tell you the truth; I somberly warn all of you who are allowing yourselves
to become involved in the Culture War that is tearing the country apart,
you will inevitably be led into anti-Semitism - as surely as the sun
rises in the East and sets in the West. THERE IS NO ESCAPING THE
RESULT. The day you walk through the door that Rousas John (R.J.)
Rushdoony, John Whitehead, the Chalcedon Foundation, Pat Robertson,
Jerry Falwell, Tim LaHaye, Jack Hayford, James Kennedy, and all the
rest of them have opened up for you, the minute you involve yourself
in "Political Christianity, you will have taken the first step down
the same road that millions of Germans took in the 1930s - and once
your feet have been planted on that path, you will find that there may
very will be no turning back! And while you may not be aware of it yet,
you are headed into a very dark and foreboding place! And when you finally
reach the ultimate destination, when you finally come face to face with
the horror of the place that is at the end of this path, all the tears
you shed, and all your cries for forgiveness will ring hollow as you
contemplate what you have done and the place you have arrived at. This
is serious stuff. We're NOT kidding around here! If you dare
to touch God's anointed earthly people, the Jews, you will pay a heavy
price - and most especially because you ARE a Christian and should
have known better! The Bible says:
"Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and
from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I
will show thee:
"And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and
make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
"And I will bless them that bless thee, CURSE THEM THAT CURSETH
THEE: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
And all this if we involve ourselves in "Political Christianity?" Yes!
- all this and much more! Let's back up and see why!
THE EARLY FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST
SERVED THE HEAVENS, NOT THE EARTH
The early followers of Christ considered themselves to be citizens
of a "heavenly kingdom" whose builder and maker was God -
not of any earthly kingdom. To the early Christians, the church was
a heavenly creation, not an earthly one. The church had NOTHING
to do with the earth. In this respect, Christianity was a NEW
creation - it was not simply Judaism made over; neither was it simply
a Judaism which had been expanded now to include the Gentiles.
this Biblical postulate (that is, that Christianity was not simply an
expanded form of Judaism) formed almost the entire thrust of the Apostle
Pauls early teachings. Paul insisted that Judaism and Christianity
be kept separate. Judaism had as its object the establishment of Gods
glory in the earth; Christianity had as its object the establishment
of Gods glory in the heavens. [Please see our last newsletter,
"Israel and the End of the Age."] Today, this concept (that is, Pauls
concept as to the distinction between Israel and the church) forms the
bedrock of the evangelical churches' pre-millennial eschatology, an
eschatology which until recently was broadly accepted throughout American
evangelicalism - i.e., the Conservative Baptists, the Southern Baptists,
the General Association of Regular Baptists, the Assemblies of God,
etc., and was widely taught in such Bible schools and seminaries as
Dallas, Denver, Western, Moody, Multnomah, Prairie, etc.
TWO PURPOSES OF GOD EXPRESSED IN THE FORMATION OF TWO PEOPLES WHO
MAINTAIN THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTINCTIVENESS
Charles Caldwell Ryrie of Dallas Theological Seminary writes:
"... (evangelicals) keep Israel and the church distinct. This
is stated in different ways by both friends and foes (of evangelical
eschatology). Fuller says that the basic premise of (this eschatology)
is TWO purposes of God expressed in the formation of TWO
peoples who maintain their distinction throughout ETERNITY."
Lewis Sperry Chafer, the first president of Dallas Theological Seminary,
elaborates on this theme as follows:
"... (evangelicals) believe that throughout the ages God is
pursuing TWO distinct purposes: one that relates to the
EARTH with earthly people and EARTHLY objectives (Judaism),
while the other is related to the HEAVEN with heavenly people
and HEAVENLY objectives, which is Christianity ..."
Evangelicals believe that the determined intention of God is the unveiling
of His glory throughout all His creation; that His creation consists
of (1) the heavens, and (2) the earth - each separate and distinct,
and each possessing different characteristics and qualities; that, therefore,
it was necessary for Him to create not just one, but two instrumentalities
through which to accomplish His divine purpose.
At the heart of evangelical eschatology, then, is the belief that God's
ultimate purpose in creation is to manifest His glory in -
- the earth through Israel,
- the heavens through the church.
Concerning the DUALITY of Gods ultimate manifestation
of glory in the concept of the "New Jerusalem," J. Dwight
Pentecost of Dallas Theological Seminary writes:
(the) eternal city (i.e., New Jerusalem) will be realized
through resurrection in the
(New) Jerusalem where, WITHOUT
LOSING DISTINCTION OR IDENTITY, Israel will join the resurrected
and translated of the church
to share in the glory of His (the
Messiahs) reign forever."
NEW JERUSALEM (THE GOAL TOWARDS WHICH GOD IS PRESSING) IS NOT SIMPLY
THE CHURCH, BUT ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH
Now this is important! - notice carefully what Pentecost is asserting
here: he is saying that in the New Jerusalem (please see Rev. Chapter
21), it's not just God's majesty in the church that will be manifested
and displayed, but also God's glory in Israel. Moreover, this resplendence
will be displayed in Israel not just as an "afterthought" to God's splendor
in the church or as an extension of the so-called "greater reality of
the church," but as something that is co-equal, separate and distinct.
Pentecost, of course, has reference to the description of the New Jerusalem
itself found in Rev. 21:10-12, 14), specifically,
"And he ... showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem ...
"Having the glory of God ...
"And (it) had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at
the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the
names of the twelve tribes of the children of ISRAEL ...
"And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the
names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb (i.e., the CHURCH).
(Rev. 21:10-12, 14)
What we are confronted with here is this: the New Jerusalem is in some
mysterious and wonderful way a COMPOSITE of both Israel and the
church - but a most peculiar and extraordinary composite because it
permits the continued distinction between the two (i.e., Israel as the
twelve gates and the church as the twelve foundations).
This is substantiated in a number of other places in the Revelation;
for example, in the matter of the twenty-four elders:
"After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and
the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking
with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which
must be hereafter.
"And immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold, a throne was set
in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
"And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone:
and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto
"And round about the throne were FOUR and TWENTY (i.e.,
TWENTY-FOUR) seats: and upon the seats I saw FOUR and
TWENTY (i.e., TWENTY-FOUR) elders sitting, clothed in
white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. (Rev. 4:1-4)
Why twenty-four? There were only twelve apostles of the Lamb - i.e.,
(1) Simon, who was called Peter, and (2) Andrew his brother; (3) James
the son of Zebedee, and (4) John his brother; (5) Philip, and (6) Bartholomew,
(7) Thomas, and (8) Matthew the publican; (9) James the son of Alphaeus,
and (10) Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; (11) Simon the Canaanite,
and (12) Matthias (Acts 1:26) who took the place of Judas Iscariot who
What then would account for the other twelve elders? The answer, obviously,
is Israel; these twelve stand for the twelve patriarchs, i.e., (1) Reuben,
(2) Simeon, (3) Levi, (4) Judah, (5) Issachar, (6) Zebulun. Then there's
(7) Joseph and (8) Benjamin. Next, (9) Dan, and (10) Naphtali. Finally,
there is (11) Gad, and (12) Asher - all the sons of Jacob to whom
God gave the name Israel.
Twenty-four elders who correspond to (1) the CHURCH and (2)
ISRAEL respectively - and this corresponds to the picture of
Israel and the church given in Rev. 21:10-12, 14 where, as we just indicated,
there are twelve gates to the city, each gate bearing the name of one
of the twelve tribes (patriarchs) of Israel, and twelve foundations,
each foundation bearing one of the names of the twelve apostles of the
So, one more time, what do we have here? - a city that is made up of
both Israel and the church! The New Jerusalem is not just the church,
but also Israel.
GOD HAS NOT REJECTED ISRAEL!
All this to say, then, that the Bible teaches that God is very obviously
NOT finished with Israel nor with the Jewish people. GOD HAS
NOT REJECTED ISRAEL, AND THOSE WHO THINK SO MAY ULTIMATELY FIND THEMSELVES
THWARTING THE WILL OF GOD AND IN THE END INCURRING THE PUNISHMENT RELATED
THERETO. And this is especially so for those evangelicals who should
know better. Paul insisted that God had -
"... NOT rejected His people (the Jews), has He? MAY IT
"God has not rejected His people (the Jews) whom He foreknew
for the gifts and the calling of God (to the Jewish
people) are irrevocable." (Romans 11:1-2, 11, 25-26, 29)
As Professor Ryrie suggests, the "Calling of God" (verse 29) insofar
as the Jewish people are concerned is irrevocable and "eternal" -
"... beginning when the Deliverer shall come and continuing
throughout all eternity ... (They) are all GLORIOUS, and they
rest ... (solely) on the WORD OF GOD.
THE JEWS WERE NOT MISTAKEN IN
LOOKING FOR AN EARTHLY KINGDOM
By way of summary, we repeat, Christianity looks to a heavenly kingdom;
Judaism looks to an earthly kingdom. Evangelicalism, therefore, teaches
that the Jews were NOT mistaken in their anticipation of a literal
fulfillment of the Old Testament EARTHLY kingdom promises to
Israel; merely that they had not foreseen Gods "intervening program"
for the heavens and the church. G.N.H. Peters explains:
"It has been universally admitted by writers of prominence (e.g.
Neander, Hagenbach, Schaff, Kurtz, etc.), whatever their respective
views of the kingdom itself, that the Jews, including the pious, held
to a personal coming of the Messiah, the literal restoration of the
Davidic throne, the resultant exaltation of Jerusalem and the Jewish
nation, and the fulfillment of the Millennial descriptions of that
reign. It is also acknowledged that the utterances of Luke 1:71; Acts
1:6; Luke 2:26, 30, etc., include the above belief, and that down,
at least to the day of Pentecost (the manifestation of Gods
program for the church), the Jews, the disciples, and
even the apostles held to such a view ... they regarded the prophecies
and covenanted promises as LITERAL (i.e., in their naked grammatical
sense); and, believing in the fulfillment, looked for such a restoration
of the Davidic Kingdom under the Messiah, with an increased power
and glory befitting the majesty of the predicted King; and also that
the pious of former ages would be raised up from the dead to enjoy
THE JEWS FAILED TO SEE GOD'S
PLAN AND PURPOSE IN THE CHURCH
"(Gods program for Israel) ... is traced in Romans 11.
Paul makes certain statements there in tracing Gods dealing
(with Israel). God has not cast Israel (and His earthly program) away
(vv. 1-2) ... National Israel has been blinded, judicially (v.7),
WHICH BLINDNESS WAS ANTICIPATED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT (vv. 8-10).
Through this blinding of Israel God instituted a program with the
Gentiles (vv. 11-12), in which, after the natural branches (the Jews)
have been taken out of the place of blessing (vv. 13-16), wild branches,
that is, the Gentiles, have been grafted into the place of blessing
"However, after the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, that is,
after the completion of the program with the Gentiles, God will bring
Israel back into the place of blessing again (vv. 25-29). and will
bring salvation to the nation (v. 26) because such was his irrevocable
covenant (vv. 27-29). This salvation (v. 26) is the salvation that
was promised Israel in the Old Testament, which was to be realized
when the Messiah instituted the millennial reign. Therefore Paul is
showing us that after the (temporary) rejection of Israel, because
of the rejection (by the Jews) of the offered (earthly) kingdom, God
brought the Gentiles into the place of blessing (so as to institute
His program for the heavens through the church), which program continues
throughout the present age.
"When that program is ended, God will inaugurate the ... (earthly
program with Israel once again) at the return of the Messiah and fulfill
all the covenanted blessings. Thus, throughout the New Testament
the (earthly) kingdom is not preached as having been established (by
the church and Christianity), but is still anticipated (in the re-establishment
of Israel and the return of the Messiah). In Acts 1:6 the Lord
did not rebuke the disciples because their expectation of a yet future
(earthly) kingdom was in error, but only stated that the time of that
kingdom, although future, was not to be known by them."
All the ancient Christian literature attests to the fact that the early
Christians had as their object the establishment of a heavenly kingdom,
not an earthly kingdom - especially the writings of Paul (and most especially
in his letter to the Ephesians).
How was it then that that so much of the church's history is marked
by its groveling servitude to the state, and by a very prominent anti-Semitic
mindset? The early Christians could never conceive the fact that one
day the church could be made to serve Gentile world-power. It was inconceivable.
Had not Rome and Gentile world-power crucified the Lord of Glory? The
answer lies in the fact that the church was apostatized by Gentile world-power
(politics), and Christianity was reduced in the process to a mere tool
in the hands of men who have cared little or nothing for its true spiritual
and heavenly message. Their only interest has been in earthly power,
and their only care for the church has been to use it to secure that
We said earlier in this article that:
"WHEN CHRISTIANS MAKE THE CHURCH THE SERVANT OF THE STATE; WHEN
THEY ALLOW CHURCH AUTHORITY TO LEGITIMIZE THE ACTIVITIES OF THE STATE;
WHEN CHRISTIANS CALL AMERICA THE 'NEW ISRAEL OF GOD', THE INEVITABLE
RESULT WILL BE ANTI-SEMITISM."
There is a pathological process involved here, the results of which
are as sure as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. The
enticement for Christians to involve themselves in this process is the
hope of "saving America for Christ and the church." The poison hidden
in the enticement is the hateful theology that evangelicals will eventually
be forced to accept in order to justify their political activity. The
catalyst that makes the process work is the kind of political warfare
that is being unleashed in Florida - a kind of warfare that - as we
said earlier - spurs one to take leave of his senses and get caught
up in the fury of the moment. The unavoidable result of the poison the
pathology releases is the pollution of one's soul and the eventual development
of an anti-Semitic mindset aimed at the destruction of the Jewish people
and the state of Israel.
There can be no other outcome! Think about it - and don't lie to yourselves
about the logic of it all as you do so. Be honest here - Christians
are being urged to enter the political fray AS CHRISTIANS! That's
the truth of the matter! Don't minimize what's happening here. No doubt
a lot of code words are being used, and a certain amount of "deniability"
with regard to this truth is being utilized on the part of those who
are urging Christians to get involved in politics - but, come on now,
as evangelicals, you know what I am talking about here.
Now, if Christians are going to enter the political arena AS
Christians, they must be able to justify their activity insofar as the
Bible is concerned. But how is it possible to justify the church's entrance
into politics by recourse to the New Testament? What does one do with
verses like John 18:36:
Jesus said, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of
this world, then would my servants fight ... but ... my kingdom not
Or what about Luke 6:27 - 29, 35:
"But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them
which hate you,
"Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully
"And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other;
and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also
"But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing
again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children
of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Pretty hard to conduct the kind of "street warfare" that many in the
Religious Right are doing now in South Florida and Tallahassee in light
of these verses, isn't it?
And this is just a tiny example of the verses that exist in the New
Testament with regard to this matter. No, there is no way the church
can involve itself in the struggle to "take the nation back from the
secular-humanists" in light of the New Testament.
What to do? It's pretty hard to justify a religious crusade to save
America when one can find no justification in the Bible for such activity.
A Christian army that can't march under the banner of Christ is a pretty
Ah, but there are plenty of verses in the Old Testament to justify
such activity! The problem with that is that these verses are directed
at Israel, not the church! The irresistible solution here is to get
rid of Israel, and make the church the recipient of these promises.
And that is precisely what is beginning to occur. Evangelicals are rapidly
beginning to throw off their old pre-millennialism and embrace Rushdoony-like
alternatives which permit the church's involvement in the politics of
this world, and not only the politics of this world, but its military
affairs as well. More and more of them are agreeing with Rushdoony that
"IN WINNING A NATION TO THE TRUTH, THE SWORD AS WELL AS THE PEN
MUST BE USED."
But if you are going to say that the church has replaced Israel, and
it now is the recipient of all of Israel's Old Testament promises, then
what does one do with that tiny nation on the extreme eastern edge of
the Mediterranean? And what about the people that inhabit this tiny
nation? And what about the Jewish community here in the United States?
What about all this? If God gave them up 2,000 years ago, how does one
account for the continued existence of this people over so long a period
of time? And what about Israel? If God is not responsible for the re-birth
of this tiny, little nation, who is? The Devil? - THAT'S HOW ANTI-SEMITISM
BEGINS - and in the end, it ends up with murder and slaughter. And
at the forefront of all this slaughter will be today's Christian politicos!
You doubt? Well, not many years hence, we will see!
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