Strange Alliance: Christian/Jewish Zionists.
When debating the existence of God, philosophers point to two major problems: unnecessary evil in the world and non-belief (See T.M. Drange’s Nonbelief & Evil, 1998). One strong component of many religions then is to find ways to prove that God exists, and especially reassuring are miracles and prophecies.
In The Politics of Apocalypse: The History and Influence of Christian Zionism by Dan Cohan-Sherbok, 2006, he traces the long history of Christian Zionists attempts’ to use biblical prophecy to show that God exists, that God plays an active role in the unfolding of the future, and being saved before “Armageddon arrives,” which is right around the corner, should be the main concern for Christians. Until recently I have always considered such ideas belonging to a small number of religious literalists, but they have far more influence than I was aware of before—and outside their group I would assume others are also quite unaware of their influence.
Cohan-Sherbok notes, “Similarly, President Jimmy Carter acknowledged his pro-Zionist beliefs, as did Ronald Reagan. By 1981, he had read Hal Lindsey’s The Late Great Planet Earth and other books about Armageddon. As governor of California, he discussed these convictions with a colleague, James Mills. Based on Ezekiel 38, he insisted that Israel would soon come under attack from ungodly nations…. In the 1980s with the election of Ronald Reagan, Lindsey along with leading evangelists such as Jerry Falwell and the Christian televangelist Mike Evans were included in White House Seminars…. As a result, Christian Zionism has become a major force in American social and political life. As a consequence, some of the largest and most influential Christian Zionist organizations have redefined their message to that of blessing Israel and have set up headquarters in Jerusalem. Today there are over 250 pro-Israeli evangelical organizations in America. Thus, contemporary Christian Zionism has become a central factor in the West’s support of the Jewish state.”
Some time after 9/11, I noticed that the Neocons were promoting family values and Christianity, even siding on the side of Evangelicals when it came to denouncing the validity of evolution. Knowing that the Neocons are extremely bright, have a full understanding of evolution, and for the most part are secularists and atheists, they must find the Christian Zionists extremely useful.
Cohan-Sherbok notes, “Christian Zionist organizations and the pro-Israel lobby are among the special interest groups whose concerns have converged since Bush was first elected president. These interest groups include the right wing of the Republican Party; neo-Conservatives; multinational construction firms, the petroleum industry and the arms industry; the pro-Israel lobby and think tanks; and fundamentalist Christian Zionists.”
He goes on to note however that things may be changing: “Yet, the Christian community is divided as to whether Christian Zionism is true to the teaching of the Church. In the Christian world, those who are offering support for the Jewish state are being delegitimized and demonized by a growing chorus of critics. Frequently, they are accused of blocking the way to peace in the Middle East, or of having some end-time agenda that seeks to hasten the Apocalypse.”
So the Neocons want war in the Middle East to protect Israel, and the Christian Zionists want wars leading to Armageddon and the return of Christ. I just want war to help cull the human masses from down under and overthrow liberalism.
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