Tuesday, July 18, 2006
the pervasive influence of pre-millenialist 'christian zionism' on US Policy
SOme of you wont have a clue what i'm taking about, but having been raised fundamentalist baptist in a provincial town, at least i understand the mind set that pervades large swathes of Amercia, and extends its influence, arguably, right to the top of the US administration via a few influencial Neo-conservatives.
Australian's would do well to aquaint them selves with these views to understand why support for Israel runs deep, not only in the Jewish community but accross (some of ) Christian America.
REference: "Standing with Israel: Why Christians support the Jewish State" published in Jewish Journal Israel Hasbara Committee
Be assured George Bush knows of this brand of theology well, as a large part of the Republican constituency hold to these views. Accordong to polls by CNN and Time while only 36% of Americans believe the Bible is the Word of God, 59% of Americans believe the prophecies predicted in the Book of Revelation wlil came to pass. Furthermore, more than a third of Americans who support Israel belive that the Jews must possess their own land in the Middle East before the Second Coming of Christ can occur.
Google search Christian Zionism, Pre-millenialism, fundamentalism, eschatology and 'signs of the second coming' or a few of the articles here, and here.
There's even a Daily Rapture Index !!
DOnt be lulled into the false assumption that all poeple who attempt to follow the teachings of Christ are Rabid Neo-cons 'heaven-bent' on war in the Middle East. Just note that a few of the Problematic ones, and a lot of the uneducated one are.