Monday, April 14, 2008

From Religious Rant to Political Bombast to Spiritual Emptiness and Deception

If John Hagee’s "Night to Honor Israel" extravaganza is any indication, Christian Zionism is a misnomer. From happy-clappy Jewish praise music, to love songs crooned to and about Israel, to a kitschy Hava Nagila; from invocations and benedictions that turn out to be sermons; from Muslim-bashing to Israel lauding; from dramatic processions to keynote addresses; from offerings taken and offerings given -- there was not a shred, a trace, a scintilla of Christianity in the proceedings. The PTA or the Rotary Club could well have sponsored it.

Of course, if Hagee wants to honor Israel and give it gobs of non-governmental funds that is certainly his privilege. But to promote this under the aegis of "Christian" is, frankly, fraudulent. But the "Night to Honor Israel" was worse than a fraud -- it was idolatrous, and this in two ways.

First, what was worshiped was the state of Israel, and more particularly, Jerusalem. Select passages culled from the Hebrew Bible, referring to Israel’s "right" to the land -- all of Palestine -- and an undivided Jewish Jerusalem were repeated again and again ad nauseam. What were not quoted were those passages that speak of the obligation to do justice and practice mercy. Part of the problem is in the word "prophecy."

Christian Zionists, as well as most fundamentalists and millennialists, use that word almost exclusively as a means to understand present, and predict future, events. [Jewish understanding of "prophecy" also differ from Christian Zionists.] Contemporary events, seen through the spectacles of "prophecy," lead to "Rapture" and "Tribulations" and "Second Comings" and "Armageddon." Biblical passages are interpreted to coincide with that scenario.
On the other hand, prophecy in its initial sense is a human agent (the prophet) who speaks God’s word for a particular existential situation.

Christian Zionists would be well advised, for example, to read the book of the prophet Amos as a corrective to these skewed interpretations of various passages often quoted from Ezekiel. Daniel, and Revelation.

Second, the adulation of John Hagee, as one who is becoming the most important leader of contemporary Christian Zionism, if not idolatry, comes awfully close to it. This cult of the personality was most striking at the "Night." David Brog, Executive Director of CUFI [Christians United for Israel] extolled the virtues of Hagee in the words, "Pastor John Hagee is not an important man. Pastor John Hagee is a great man!" With the cheering and clapping and whistling and stomping of feet and raised arms of the 3000 disciples at this announcement, I was reminded of Leni Riefenstahl’s film, Triumph of the Will, about the Nuremberg rallies in Nazi Germany. Hitler had his Gobbles; Hagee has his Brog.

Interspersed with religious rant from misinterpreted Hebrew Scriptures (the New Testament was not mentioned once, nor was Jesus; God got a tip of the hat only occasionally) was political bombast. Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice President of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, supplied this.

Two things were most disturbing: the advocating of violence and the racism of the Christian Zionist movement. Time and again Hoenlein, as well as Hagee, called for the bombing and possible invasion of Iran. Diplomacy is not an option since it simply conveys weakness to the 300 million (count ‘em) Muslim terrorists who "hate freedom" (that old canard) and who, if not stopped in Iran, will eventually come to our shores with suitcases full of nuclear bombs.
What is inherent in this scenario is the racism that declares the superiority of the West and western culture over against the East (read Middle East). And that racism is Manichaean -- in stark terms "they" are evil, "we" are good (so Hoenlein). The good must not only defend itself against the evil, it must wipe it out; it must obliterate it.

Finally, I am struck by the fact that throughout the speeches and the hoopla the centuries-old complaint of Jewish victim hood was juxtaposed with Israeli military triumph (also of the will), which (God?) will grant Israel. Victim or conqueror: You can’t have it both ways. Hagee closed his speech with "God bless Israel and God bless the United States of America." Implied is "and God damn all those who are not us.

7 comments:

Catman Dude said...

QUOTE: "Christian Zionists would be well advised, for example, to read the book of the prophet Amos as a corrective to these skewed interpretations of various passages often quoted from Ezekiel. Daniel, and Revelation."

I'm interested in a study or book showing this being the case.

I'm interested because of the rising popularity of Joel Rosenberg, neo-con, and his interpreting of Ezekiel 36-39 as pertaining to our day.

Chaya Pinto said...

Malcolm is Jewish, how do you expect him to quote Jesus and the New Testament ?

You state, Victim or Triumphant but how can you be both ? Yes, of course, throughout 3000 years of History certainly a victim. More recently, although cloaked with what every other nation has had and with much more ease - self defence, certainly the anti semitism and double standards still puts Israel as a victim of hate. Can they win a war and be triumphant at the same time. Of course.

Evil vs Good. So suddenly the unprovoked hate of anhillating the Jewish state is Good ? Of course it's evil.

Like these, there are many more nonsenses in this article..
This article is noething but an oozing of hate and Jealousy of the Jewish state.

KGS said...
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KGS said...

I prefer that you prove your point from a political perspective.

Why shouldn't the Jewísh state proctect itself from those that wish to destroy it?

Why should the Jewish state act more Christian than Christian states, in that it should be the only one expected to "just turn the other cheeck"

What other nation has behaved on a more moral way while confronting a similar enemy?

What other nation would behave differently if confronted with the same situation?

Most importantly, what should Israel do that it hasn't tried already?

Please be specific.

*L* KGS

apollonian said...

Epiphany Regarding Righteous Christian Hatred, Anti-Semitism
(Apollonian, 27 Apr 08)

Hello, I came to Christianity by means of reason as I observed the world, especially USA, run and controlled by Jews.

I quickly learned about Jews, first fm Doug Reed's "Controversy of Zion," then fm sources like Mike Hoffman at RevisionistHistory.org, also Come-and-hear.com.

Key thing is to learn about definitive satanic Talmud, Talmud fundamental document of Judaism, rejected by Christ at Gosp. MARK 7:1-8. Jews pretend God "loves" Jews in way man loves woman, the stinking, filthy scum (Jews).

I observed and concluded Christianity defends TRUTH, as Gosp. JOHN 8:32, whereas Jews worship lies, subjectivism, hubris, and insanity, upholding themselves as co-equal w. God, pretending God is infatuated/obsessed w. these monstrously ugly, filthy Jews, deformed, hook-nosed scum, murderers, and foremost frauds who run the Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) COUNTERFEIT scam (see RealityZone.com for expo/ref. on Fed fraud).

Thus Jews so much control everything worldly by means of such as this incredible Fed counterfeit fraud. Jews simply buy everything, like they bought Scofield, like they buy Hagee, Robertson, et al., today.

What then could possibly stop or successfully oppose these satanic Jews? I asked. And I observed only thing to defeat Jews was Christianty as under St. Constantine the Great, early 4th cent. Every other Jew-expulsion in hist., which were only local, unfortunately, not culture-wide as St. Constantine's, was by means of Christianity, as Spain in 1492.

And then it hit me: Christianity is actually and properly ANTI-SEMITISM (anti-Talmud, again, as aforementioned Gosp. MARK 7:1-8).

Hence then greatest problem for Christian cause is all the inordinately over-done propaganda and totally stupid crap and puke about Christian "love."

But what about Christian hatred against Jews?--and it's this righteous anti-semitic Christian hatred which is totally under-emphasized, especially nowadays.

Hence then obvious solution is to enhance such righteous Christian anti-semitism by means of REMOVAL of so-called preachers who fail to emphasize such Christian anti-semitism and hatred.

Thus in order to remove Jews for Jew-expulsion, it's necessary to remove the "Sadduceans" of modern-day, leaders of Judeo-Christians (JCs), who aren't really Christians at all, esp. if they're not anti-semitic.

For anti-semitism is really the true essence of Christianity which is so much overlooked nowadays. Thus gentiles must harness the power of HATRED, esp. Christian anti-semitism.

CONCLUSION: Such is my anti-semitic Christian EPIPHANY which released me fm previous Christian emphasis upon mere "love," as if righteous hatred and virtuous anti-semitism is something to be avoided. Honest elections and death to the Fed. Apollonian

Anonymous said...

There is a scripture somewhere about Abraham, that God is going to bless those who bless Abraham and his seed. Christians hold that Jews are part of the seed of Abraham through Isaac.

If Christians would take the stand you are proposing what shall we be doing to this scripture?

I propose that efforts to reduce the conflict between the conflicting parties should be refocussed again and again. When we fail today does not mean we have even failed for tomorrow. The most important groups that have not yet contributed to the end of the conflict are the warring parties themselves. They should be encouraged to do that, both of them - not one, no one should be expected to do more than the other.

Kind regards

apollonian said...

Only New Testament Is Definitive For Christianity
(Apollonian, 28 Apr 08)

To "anon" at 7:45 am: observe Christianity is founded upon New Testament (NT), NOT the crap u cite which is merely ancillary at best. Christians are anti-semitic by definition and necessity, and Jews (Talmudists) are ABSOLUTELY AND UTTERLY cursed and rejected by God--see Gosp. MATT, entire chpt 23., confirmed by St. Paul in Romans, and other places too.

Ur Old Testament heresy and ignorance indicates compromise w. satanic Talmudic enemies of God, truth, reality, etc., and hence ur own anti-Christ apostacy. Take ur "scripture," excuse for treason and sell-out to Jew enemies, and flush it down toilet where it belongs.

U need to get a clue: if u're not absolutely anti-semitic, u're not Christian. If u want to pretend to Christianity, u must became absolutely, totally anti-semitic.

Presently Christians and gentiles the world over most urgently need JEW-EXPULSION. Jews must be arrested, confiscated, interned, separated by sex, and watched carefully as they die out in Christian manner. Get a clue.

In order to capture/exterminate vile, filthy Jews, first gentiles must remove and neutralize "Sadducean" leadership of JCs, as noted in previous Apollonian posting. See also further Apollonian expo at NewNation.org under "commentary" heading.

CONCLUSION: Thus, as practical matter, all gentiles must arm in accord w. 2nd Amendment of US Constitution to overthrow ZOG-Mammon and Judeo-conspirators (see TheNewAmerican.com for expo/ref. on CFR-Bilderberg conspiracy), etc. Honest elections and death to the Fed. Apollonian