At first blush, one could hardly characterize the show of power exhibited by John Hagee’s Christian Zionists at his brash Washington Israel Summit in D.C. last week as a dike about to break: 4500 Christian Zionists filled the Washington Convention Center. Senator Lieberman likened Hagee to Moses, a "leader of a multitude." John Hagee was the dealmaker of the hour for Israel, their political rock star, and a political money machine.
But a closer look by religion writer Abe Levy reporting in the San Antonio Express-News, Hagee's hometown newspaper, shows that the Christian Zionist dike is holding back a surging sea of truth and truth-telling. There are cracks. Cracks Hagee will not be able to contain since they are coming from the very people Hagee claims to be saving from holocausts and persecutions.
The first cracks in this Judeo-Christian dike are a few vocal, and significant, Jews and Rabbis critical of Hagee’s Christians United for Israel (CUFI) movement. It is the secular Israeli Zionists who control "political Israel" that love Hagee, as do the US neocons and US political pragmatists who accept Hagee's offerings without looking at the logic hand that presents it. It is the secular Israeli Zionists who are counting on Hagee and mega-pastors like him to deliver US voter and taxpayer support for their political agenda in Israel, not to deliver the words of Christ to Christ-followers from the pulpit each Sunday.
"We're supporting Israel because Israel is threatened like no other time in all of her history."
Hagee’s spokesman Brog speaks for "Christians", but is himself a practicing Jew. CUFI’s excuse for its existence now is that Hagee and his lobby group share Israel's "moral lifestyle." Hagee's followers do support Israel for religious "biblical" reasons that they learned from Hagee were inviolable. Hagee’s followers have told us so at many encounters during vigils held at four A Night To Honor Israel extravaganzas.
The next crack in the leaking Christian Zionist dike will break it: When God-fearing Judeo-Christians from thousands of churches nationwide realize they’ve been conned by political Israel's agents, they will leave CUFI, Christian Zionism, and the hundred-year-old movement we call "Scofieldism", to return to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Art Preisinger, also a member of Wagner’s group, wrote in a searing article after observing A Night To Honor Israel at Hagee’s Cornerstone Church, "There was not a shred, a trace, a scintilla of Christianity in the proceedings. It could well have been sponsored by the PTA or the Rotary Club . . . to promote this under the aegis of 'Christian' is, frankly, fraudulent.”
The Judeo-Christian cracks and leaks will break into a capsizing torrent. According to the old Hagee, every Christian Zionist must believe the political state of Israel is an act of God, the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, and that he or she must support Israel as a conduction of their faith, and believe their individual salvation depends on it.
Levy quotes a Hagee follower: "We know we'll get blessed because we're blessing Israel," said Jean Ann McNally, the CUFI co-state director for Tennessee. Israel is about 85% secular and denies any acknowledgment of Christianity's holy New Testament, the only record of Jesus Christ, and Christianity's universal calls for peace. Hagee has only one characteristic to share with Israel: a common commitment to war that has dominated its 59-year history.
David Brog told reporter Levy that Hagee’s critics do not know their own faith:"I think (Hagee's critics) are misunderstanding Christian theology. God has no set time for the Second Coming. And there's nothing you or I can do about it."
For Brog to tell distinguished Professor Wagner, Pastor Preisinger, or this writer that we don’t understand what Jesus expects of his followers is more than a little amusing. This writer, however, is sincerely grateful for John Hagee, who will be the apex for the final and total downfall of Judeo-Christianity and its false premises. The incongruity of Judeo-Christianity and its radical warring mouthpiece is an association that will fail, as all false ideas must, eventually.